The internet is FILLED with tutorials about making your own crayons. The crayons produced from said tutorials are always so perfect-looking: I mean, just LOOK at these hearts! I always knew if I ever attempted something like that the odds of it looking anything close to perfect would be low.
So imagine my surprise when I come downstairs one night to find that my husband, who is so far Pinterest-free, has embarked on his own crayon-making adventure. He basically took all of our son’s broken and worn down crayons of similar shades, melted them, stuck them in the fridge, and VOILA: new crayons were born.
Here are his instructions:
Amass all the broken crayons you have laying around the place, and remove all the paper from the outsides for recycling. (a tip: use a blade to cut or scrape the paper off — peeling them takes forever!)
Use cookie cutters or your imagination to shape aluminium foil into bowls for melted crayon. Make sure there are no holes or gaps for crayon to escape.
Place crayon boats in boiling lake (pot on stove) to heat foil and thus your crayons.
Pull the moulds out of your water to let the melted crayon set on the counter. Make sure you spill ample crayon both in and out of your pot to make the next step more interesting.
Clean your cookware, countertops, ranges, floors, sinks, shoes, walls, and coffeepots using lavender oil. It remarkably removes crayon. WOW! But let someone else use the cookware right afterwards just in case there are trace oils left.
Note: you can also let the crayons chill in the fridge.
Pull your shoddy moulds out, remove crayons, and colour!
He also half-jokingly suggested that you then research better ways to do this project… which he did: here’s a link.