Jan 16 , 2014

A Colorful (and recycled) Creation

With the fresh start of a new year, comes the irresistible urge to purge.  One of my favorite spots to refresh is the craft cabinet.  We toss dried markers and trash scraps of paper. We sharpen colored pencils and restock supplies.  But the crayons; the broken, gnawed-on (what?!? my one year old has a pension for wax...), sad looking crayons.  Those we give a whole new happy life.
Here's how: 1.Gather up all your old crayons and remove the paper wrappers.  Separate into similar colors or group together all the colors of the rainbow.  There is no wrong way. 2. Break/cut into small pieces.  Or use a cheese grater. The smaller the pieces, the more you'll be able to fit into your mold. 3. Grab an old muffin tin that you don't plan on using again, or use cupcake liners.  Do not grease. 4. Put your crayon pieces into the molds.  My creative daughter likes mixing pinks and reds and oranges in one mold and purples, blues and greens in another.  Her new and improved crayons make pretty swirly colors.  My efficient son likes putting a handful of random into the mold, providing a color surprise with every stroke. 5. Place filled muffin tins into a preheated 225 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted. 6. Removed from oven and let cool until crayons are completely hardened.  Plan on this taking a couple hours. 7. Once cooled, pop them out of the tin.  If they stick, throw them in the freezer for ten minutes, and they should release easily. Voila!  Homemade crayons: a happy trash to treasure creation. **What tricks do you have to reuse or repurpose everyday household items?**

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