Crafty Mom: Recycled crayons
In anticipation of Earth Day, I finally attempted a project that's been on my to-do list for quite awhile: recycling crayons.Posted — Updated
In anticipation of Earth Day, I finally attempted a project that’s been on my to-do list for quite awhile: recycling crayons.
I’ve had a container in our art cabinet collecting broken crayons for some time now. Whenever I hear an, “Oh no!” while the kids are coloring, I simply remove the paper from the broken crayon and toss it into the bits bin. I also save all those freebie crayons the kids are given at restaurants for this purpose. Occasionally I have been known to forget them in my car on a hot day. Trust me when I say that your vehicle’s cup holder is NOT the place you want to make recycled crayons!
We picked a really warm day and started by choosing the color combinations for our crayons. We picked various shades of blue and green, hoping they’d look like Earth when they were finished. Then we broke and cut the crayons into small pieces and put them into the molds we were going to use. Since we wanted circles, we used emptied and cleaned single-serving-sized yogurt containers, but you can use just about anything; containers that would otherwise be recycled or trashed are perfect for the job because they aren’t going in the oven, so they don’t need to be oven-safe. Plus it won’t matter if they get messed up in the process.
Happy Earth Day!
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