Children often go through crayons quickly, wearing them down and breaking them into smaller pieces. One way to salvage these bits of crayons is to melt them. You can melt crayons in the oven to create new, multi-colored crayon pieces that are large enough for even young children to use. You also can create a work of art by melting crayon pieces and shavings with an iron. These activities are fun for children to do with adult supervision, and they reduce the amount of waste that you create.
Things You'll Need
Foil muffin cups
Line a muffin pan with foil muffin cups.
Fill each cup half full of crayon pieces.
Place the pan in the oven on 200 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the melted crayons to cool completely.
Tear off the muffin papers off of the newly formed crayon chunks and use the chunks to color and draw.
Use tiny pieces of crayons or crayon shavings to form a pattern on a sheet of sturdy white paper.
Cover the pieces and shavings with a piece of wax paper.
Iron over the wax paper with an iron on its low-heat setting until the crayon pieces have melted.
Remove the wax paper to view the work of art.