Remember when Mr. Rogers went to the crayon factory? I LOVED seeing the crayons and could almost smell the waxy newness of them.
My kids are BRUTAL on crayons. No point in buying new ones- they'll just end up busted 5 minutes after opening the box. Stepped on. Snapped in hand. Tips broken off. Normal kid stuff.
So I tried kid-proofing the crayons by melting them together. We'll see how it works after naptime. At least it's something novel.
(FYI the "washable" crayons will end up giving you a clear coat that rises to the top-- sort those out if you can. I didn't but I doubt the kids will notice they don't color as well as they used to)
Step 1: Sort crayons by color. You want to do this before you peel the paper off because many of them don't look like the color they are when they're naked.
Step 2: Peel all your broken crayons. Hire the kids to help. Mine didn't help much until I figured out cutting the paper with a razor blade FIRST helped the unwrapping process.
Step 3: Put crayons in cupcake tin. I used 2 disposable ones because I didn't want to gunk up my good ones. Even if you use the liners- they can leak through.
Step 4: Oven 350*--- but what? Mine is at 325... no it's not. Our oven is challenged and runs a bit too hot around the collar. So I tweaked it.
Step 5: Melt away. About 10 minutes or so until it was liquid.
Step 6: Put cupcake tin in freezer for an hour. OR if your freezer looks anything like mine there is no room for a full cookie sheet of hot wax. So I put mine on the washing machine for a while to cool off. (Out of reach of the kiddos AND in the basement where it's colder)