Recycled Rainbow Crayons (Adult Supervsion Required)
Your old crayons, or broken crayons (preferably Cra-Z-Art™ Crayons).
When your childeren bring home their school supplies at the end of the school
year or when you start to see a large number of broken crayons around the
house, now is the time to get creative and go green the Cra-Z-Art way.
You can safely recycle your old crayons into fun rainbow crayons. While you
teach your kids a neat way to recycle crayons, the end result will keep your
kids occupied long after your are done having fun together.
A final tip: sometimes if you use less expensive crayons, there can be
uncolored wax that floats to the top. This creates a foggy, waxy layer. There’s
no pigment in this layer, which can be frustrating to kids because the crayon
won’t work. You can safely remove this layer with a little skillful carving with a
knife, or else you can attempt to melt it off with a heat gun or blow dryer.
Just hold the crayon carefully, and heat up the waxy film allowing it to drip
onto a pile of paper towels or old newspaper.
- First, sort all of your broken crayons.
- Make sure you peel off the paper crayon wrappers.
- Sort your crayons by related colors- cool colors, pastels, bright colors, etc.
- Snap your old crayons into 1 inch sections, and drop them into disposable
aluminum baking cups. (Note: Sometimes shapes are available)
- Put your aluminum baking cups on a cookie sheet, and place them in a
275° oven for, approximately 15 minutes. You will see when the crayons
are melted completely.
- Then you can either turn off the oven and wait for it to cool in the oven,
or take them out and let them cool on the counter. Please wait until they
are cool enough to handle, At this point, if you are in more of a hurry, you
can stick them your refrigerator for 15 minutes to set up completely.
- When cool, peel off the aluminum baking cup. The end result is fun
When you’re done recycling your crayons, it is time to let your kids really