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Lil Tip: Recycle Broken Crayons

When crayons break or crack into bits, your first inclination is to throw those pesky pieces away before they end up between the couch cushions or in someone's mouth.

Instead of trashing them, melt them into rainbow crayons that your kiddos will love. Just take the left over crayons and peel the paper off of them. Line a muffin pan with foil cupcake wrappers. Place a few chunks of the crayons in the muffin pods and put the pan in the oven for a few minutes on low heat (about 250 degrees). Pull them out once the colors have melted and let the new rainbow wheels of wax cool off overnight. Once cooled off, peel the cupcake wrappers off the crayon wheels.

Your kids will love the new invention — they are especially great for rubbing images.

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snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
DON'T put crayons in the microwave. my sister did this when we were little, and let's just say my mom was scrubbing wax off the inside for weeks!
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I did this with my kindergarten classes, broken crayons.
LauraW68 LauraW68 9 years
We do this too. Great for the children.
kimmie33 kimmie33 9 years
We do this with all our broken's a hit!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
i remember taking crayon shavings and putting them on paper n ironing them through wax paper..
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Crayola makes a thing that's like an easy bake oven for doing this. It even comes with molds so you can do crayons in fun shapes. My son loves it.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
Hmm... we tried this once and the oven (and whole house) smelled like burnt plastic. Perhaps I'll have to give it another try.
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