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« on: March 03, 2008 12:07:31 AM »

I know that this has been done before, but I still wanted to share Grin.  I decided to use all those leftover crayons we had lying around the house and make some recycled rainbow crayons.  The instructions I used are here.
 
These were made in a regular muffin tin from Dollar Tree.  I sorted the colors, yellows and oranges together, reds and purples together, and blues and greens together.

These were made in shaped disposable muffin tins that I also found at Dollar Tree.

Here's the group shot, the six on the bottom left are just random colors thrown together.
This is a great project, my kids (ages 18 months and 3 years) really like their new crayons!  It is inexpensive (I spent $3.00) and I think that they would make great gifts/stocking stuffers.
There are more details and photos on my blog first round and second round
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008 12:20:10 AM »

oh man, i used to love these when i was little! i love how you thought to separate the colors...i always just had the multi-colored ones like the one set you have shown. oh, and the shaped ones are a fun idea!
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008 04:35:21 AM »

I used to make these in my windowsill when I was a child.  I would have to shave the crayons with a sharpener because I wasn't allowed to use the oven, and the shavings melted better in the sun.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 07:02:26 AM »

I used to make these in my windowsill when I was a child.  I would have to shave the crayons with a sharpener because I wasn't allowed to use the oven, and the shavings melted better in the sun.
Wow!!! that's really inventive, I never would have thought to do it that way.  Thanks for sharing, it is a great way for kids to do it themselves.  I wonder if and easybake oven would work also.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008 10:43:42 AM »

Oh, they look great!  I LOVE the shaped ones Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008 06:05:36 PM »

I think I still have one of these somewhere that a friend made in about third grade.  I'm impressed by the similar color ones, though; the only one's I've seen got over-melted until they mostly write in kind of a muddy red-brown with a few streaks of other stuff.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 06:09:19 PM »

I love them! They melt really well in those silicone muffin pans, too, if you put the pan on a cookie sheet or let them cool in the oven before removing them, thus not slopping melted wax all over your oven and floor and self--it was totally not impressive when I did that.

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008 07:43:39 PM »

I think I still have one of these somewhere that a friend made in about third grade.  I'm impressed by the similar color ones, though; the only one's I've seen got over-melted until they mostly write in kind of a muddy red-brown with a few streaks of other stuff.  Smiley
I thought the similar colors would make a good set to package for gifts, but I do like how colorful the rainbow ones are.
I love them! They melt really well in those silicone muffin pans, too, if you put the pan on a cookie sheet or let them cool in the oven before removing them, thus not slopping melted wax all over your oven and floor and self--it was totally not impressive when I did that.
I've been experimenting with different ways of doing it.  I have been using larger pieces to get bigger blobs of colors and I have found that preheating the oven to 350 and turning it off when I put them in makes it go a lot faster.
I have also found that when using scrap crayons (like I am) different brands melt at different rates which causes some interesting results when they are all mixed together.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008 04:28:16 AM »

We did this and with the exception of peeling the paper off the crayons we enjoyed greatly!  My kiddos especially liked putting different colors together. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008 05:43:03 AM »

I want to make some for myself, lol Wink
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