The boy and I were talking the other day about things I have made with them. Either he couldn't remember doing these things, or I might not have done these things with him like I did with the girls. We decided that we will make stuff together and then post them on the blog. He seems very excited about doing this.
The first thing we are going to show is what we do with our crayon bits. I am sure there are many that already know about this or have a different way of doing it. This is the method we have found that works best for us:
Start by removing any paper from your crayons.
Break these into small bits, if they are not already this way. You can keep them mixed together since we are making mixed coloring disks.
Next you need to get out a muffin/cupcake pan.
We decided to try using a mini cupcake pan this time too.
Now fill with your crayon bits. With the regular size pan we fill it about half full. No need to do anything to the pan, they will come out after all is done.
The mini pan we fill to the top.
Now it is time to bake. We bake then at 300 F for about 10-15 minutes. You don't have to worry to much about the time or temp. You just need them to melt. Play around with the temp or amount of time needed melt if you want, we have found this methond works best for us.
We thought we would try making the mini pan in the toaster oven. Same temp and about 10 minutes until melted.
Carefully remove your melted bits. The back side isn't very pretty, but you will be very happy with the front. It should take about 10-15 minutes for the pan to cool down.
Now that your pan is cool. Pop it into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from freezer, turn over and push on back of cups. Each disk should pop out for you. You are basically doing the same thing you do with a candle that is stuck; put in freezer and the wax will release. You should now have some disks that look like the ones above.
We liked how the mini disks came out.
They are very easy to store. The disks can be used as party favors, part of a coloring gift, make leaf rubbings with, and whatever else you can think of.
We have found that the Crayola brand of crayon works best. Have tried other brands of crayons and they just don't color very well after being baked. Sometimes you may have to push a little hard to get them started because they come out very smooth.