Another DIY project coming your way and this one is a great waste not, want not idea.
The idea came from Instructables.com, which is a wonderful how-to website.
The process is quite simple and only took me about 15 minutes. If you have broken or stubby crayons lying around just peel off the paper and pop them into a mini-muffin pan. You can also use oven-safe candy molds if you’d like your crayon muffins to take on a different shape.
Pop the raw crayons into a 275 degree oven for 10-15 minutes (you’ll want to monitor their melting progress). When they’re done be sure to first cool them for 10 minutes on a countertop and then place them in the refrigerator to completely cool. If you place them in the fridge right away you run the risk of the crayon muffins cracking from the extreme temperature change.
Because science allows the process of expanding and contracting you won’t have to worry about the crayon muffins sticking in the pan. When the wax cools it contracts and the pop right out of the pan.
Some people asked about muffin liners. I found that when using muffin liners they create crumbling edges that make a mess and turn out dull instead of shiny. Go for it if you want crackly and dull – but I’ll tell you the shiny muffins are awful nice!
Enjoy, have fun with the kids, happy coloring.
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