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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DIY: Muffin Tin Crayons

This tutorial from Kaboose's blog couldn't be easier, more fun, or cheaper!  Three things that we just love in any craft.  

What you'll need:

  • Cupcake/muffin tin
  • Non-toxic broken crayons
  • Vegetable oil
  • toothpick

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Remove all the paper labels from crayon pieces. (Please check to make sure they are non-toxic crayons.)
  3. Put ¼ teaspoon of vegetable oil into each muffin pan cup, no cup liners needed.
  4. You will use the equivalent of 4 new crayons for each cup. Place broken crayons (no longer than an inch each) into the muffin pan. This will fill the cup about 1/3 full.
  5. Place into the preheated oven and watch carefully, they melt quickly!
  6. Bake crayons for 8 minutes or so.
  7. When the crayons begin to melt, remove them from the oven and stir gently with a toothpick.
  8. Crayon will look “ugly” and the colors may appear blended too much. Don’t worry! They look much better on the other side.
  9. Let the crayons cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, pop the crayons out of the muffin pan by tapping on the backside of the pan. Crayons should fall right out.
 

Tips:

  • If you have any new crayons available, use one as a measuring stick. Lay broken crayon pieces along side of the new crayon to measure out 4 full sized crayons. This is how many you will need for each completed chunky crayon.
  • Be sure to use extreme caution around kitchen utensils and the oven. Always use oven mitts and do not stick you fingers into the melted crayons.
  • If you don’t have any broken crayon pieces, you can buy a large box of cheap crayons at the Dollar Store.

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