A guest post by Alex of Alex Keller Studio.
My son's pre K class colors every morning. One of the teachers mentioned getting some new crayons. I ask what they did with the old ones. She said that they would save them for a while and maybe try to find a project for the kids, but the old crayons usually get thrown out after a time. So I told her that I would take them and make some new crayons for the kids!
Supplies Needed: You'll need an old pot, clean empty cans, crayons, plastic spoons, a candy mold with heart shapes and a pot holder.
How to Make Cool Crayons:
1. Sort your crayons by color. We grouped various shades of each color together, so red orange could go either way! Make piles to go with the colors of the rainbow.
2. Peel the paper off all of the crayons. Some crayons may take a bit of work because the paper is glued on.
3. Add some water to your pot, put it on the stove and turn on the heat. I started and stayed around medium. Break up a bunch of red crayons into a soup can and put the can into the warm water. Use a spoon to poke and prod and mix up the reds.
4. When the crayons have melted, use your spoon to ladle some red into each of the molds. Do as little or as much as you want.
5. Repeat with each color, allowing the crayons to cool in the molds between colors. We used a fresh soup can each time to keep the colors true. My son and I layered on orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. We used extra crayons to make solid hearts, too.
6. Allow the crayon hearts to cool completely and then pop them out of the molds!