Crayons are great tools for your child to let out his creativity. These sticks of colors are very important for the development of your child. He will be able to appreciate the world more and express his feelings if he can draw and put color on things with crayons.
One of the problems with crayons is that they can be fragile in a child’s hand. He can break these wax-based sticks and misplace bits of them. He won’t be able to enjoy coloring his art book because his red crayon is now just the length of a thumbnail.
But you can recycle crayons. If you have lots of broken crayons in your home, then you can make them whole again. You will be able to create new crayons with just a few choice items in your home. It’ll be just like baking a pastry. Really, it’s just like it.
- A bucket – when filled with water, a bucket will be useful when it comes to removing the crayon’s paper wrapping
- Muffin pan (small ones are great; tin for ovens & silicone for microwave ovens)
- Wax crayons
- Traditional oven or microwave oven
1. Removing the paper wrappers of the crayons
Peeling off the wrappers of crayons is essential, but it can be difficult. So, the best way to do this is to soak the crayons in a bucket full of water for 20 minutes. Once this is done, the wrappers can be removed without any difficulty. The crayons themselves won’t be affected because they’re made of hard wax.
2. Put the broken crayons in the muffin pan
The crayons will then be put in the individual spaces of the muffin pans you have prepared. Each space would be for an individual color. Yes, you’d be right if you already thought that the crayons would be melted and cooked back to make whole crayons once more. You can be creative when it comes to the shapes of the crayons. If you have muffin pans that feature different fun shapes, then it’ll be a great add-on.
If you have crayons that don’t have too many broken ones, or if you want to make rainbow crayons, then you can mix them and make your child’s coloring experience more surprising.
3. Heat the crayon wax
- Using the oven
The oven in your house must be preheated to 300F before putting your muffin pan filled with crayons inside. The crayons will then be baked inside for 15 minutes until the wax has completely melted.
- Using the microwave
When using this device, you should set it on high level for two minutes. After that, you should stir the partially melted crayons so that the rest of the still-dry layers will be melted. Microwave it all again until the crayons have completely turned into liquid form. You should keep in mind that metal trays must not be placed in microwave ovens as they can damage the machine. Only silicone or microwavable plastic trays can be used.
4. Getting the newly reformed crayons
Melting the wax was just another step. The next one is to let it cool overnight.
Once the pan has cooled, you can check the crayons out and test them. Touch the crayons; they should be dry and hard inside the spaces of the muffin pan. Just flip the pan upside down, then pat the base. The crayons should pop out easily. You will find that the crayons will leave minimal residue in the pan itself.
If there are cases where the crayons won’t pop out of the muffin pan, then you should place the pan in a freezer, let it stay in there for 15 minutes, then get it out again so that you can try removing the mold once more.
After praising yourself for a job well done or after being tempted to eat them before realizing they’re not sweets, you can try out the crayons yourself. You will find that they’re as good as new.
Recycled crayons can be recycled again and again. If the recycled ones are getting smaller again, then you can combine them with other pieces or broken ones, then repeat the process. When you recycle crayons, you will be able to save money and even save the environment. Remember that recycling is a very important step in helping to preserve the integrity of Mother Nature.
Not only will you have a great way to save nature and your money, you can get your child to bring crayons to school that have unique shapes and sizes. The other kids will be impressed by such uniqueness. Maybe, they’ll even suggest these to their parents and they would also be encouraged to recycle their crayons.
You can make your child’s coloring sessions more fun and exciting because of crayons that are uniquely shaped and created with only the use of your basic baking tools.