Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Creativity / Homeschool

Making Colors New

This is how we spent the morning. I didn’t mean to start into this project, but while I was organizing other things and the kids were getting on my nerves with their bickering, I knew I had to give them a task to do. The crayon basket had already been dumped out and needed to be picked up, and I had the brilliant idea of asking them to sort the broken ones from the others. A bit later, when that task was almost finished, I suggested they take the papers off the broken crayons….more to keep them busy while I finished my task. Only then did I think about actually melting them down to “make colors new” as E put it.

Just so I didn’t find myself in a messy pickle, I did google up a few different tutorials before jumping in. We decided to sort the pieces by color. I sprayed the muffin tin with cooking spray so they would pop out easily when cooled. It definitely did the trick and cleanup was a breeze. I put them straight in the oven at 275 degrees for about 8 minutes. The trickiest part was pulling them out of the oven while hot, but once the tray was safely on the cutting board, all was well.

I let them cool for about 10 minutes on the cutting board, and because all of us were getting impatient and they were still slightly warm, I put them in the freezer for about another 5 minutes. I flipped over the muffin tin and tapped the bottoms with a butter knife and they popped right out. Everyone took a turn coloring with them, and they thought it was the coolest thing ever. I’m just glad it was so easy and thrilling for them. Even superheroes like a good art project!

2 Comments Making Colors New

  1. Rebecca

    Tonight I started my own melted down crayons. The trays kind of warped. Maybe the metal cupcake pans are a little better? Your photos here are funny – going down all of the pictures and suddenly there’s a well muscled young kid lol.

    1. Emily

      Hey Rebecca, thanks for your comment! I’m glad you got a chance to try melting down crayons for yourself. I used my heavy-duty metal cupcake pan when I made mine, and with the cooking spray in, the ‘new’ crayons popped right out and clean up was super easy…no warping or other issues. I also only had my trays in the oven for about 8 minutes, which is probably the minimum amount of time needed to have the crayons completely melted. My sons are crazy about their super-hero costumes and they wear them for half or more of every day…that means most of the photos I have of them are in their suits 🙂 Glad you got a laugh out of that!


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