Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cookin' with crayons

This hot summer heat has kept us hiding inside for days on end.  It's too hot to get in the kiddie pool even!  My kids all love to color and it's safe to say they pull out their gallon bucket of crayons and assortment of coloring books every day.  Most days it's the first thing they do, before I'm even out of bed in the morning.
With the end of summer break quickly approaching, my thoughts are starting to focus on a new school year and all the things we need.  If you are like me you probably love the fact that Wal-mart has already started their back-to-school sales and Crayons are 25 cents a box.  I loaded up!
For the first time ever, I decided to try melting some of our old crayons down.  Not an original idea but a first for me.  I brought out my Pampered Chef cheese grater to grate the first color {all you Pampered Chef addicts are gasping for air}.  It was a long and hand-cramping process so I did some Google research and found out that really wasn't necessary.  Breaking them up into small chunks was plenty of work.

The melting directions I found online said grease the pan with cooking spray and to heat at 200 degrees for 9-11 minutes.  It probably depends on how large the crayon pieces are, for me it took at least 20 minutes for them to completely melt.  Or, I could have just left them in the sun for a few minutes!!  After they cooled most of the disks popped right out, there were 2 that I couldn't coax with pounding or prying so I stuck my muffin tin in the freezer for a few minutes.  This works for getting left over candles out of votives or jars too.
All the crayon wrapper peeling proved to worth my time.  The kids really liked the new crayons and they certainly created a new way for them to color.


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Sidnie said...

I have always wanted to do this with our crayons. But just don't ever think about it... I'll have to ather all our crayons up one of these days...