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    way to reuse your broken crayons

    I just saw this tip while rereading my Tightwad Gazette. Also saw it was originally posted by la on 5/2000 - so I have copied her advice from her thread since it is just a few steps beyond what my book listed!
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    Thought I would share what I do with all the old and broken crayons my kids collect. I am currently making some of these for my daughters kindergarten classmates.

    Melt the crayons, I use a muffin tin lined with a cupcake paper in a preheated 275 degree oven. When they are melted, carefully lift the paper out and pour the liquid crayons into plastic candy molds. Let them harden and they will pop right out. To have them have them harden very quickly or if you are having problems getting them to pop out, just stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. I also sometime makes 2 colored molds. Just fill the mold 1/2 full, then when completely hardened, fill it up with another color. My kids love the different shaped crayons.




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    Very cool idea! Never actually thought about that..although my mother told me that when she was younger and her and her friends made candles they used old crayon shavings to color the wax as it was much cheaper that buying the colored wax!

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    I have used crayon shavings to color candles also. They turn out real pretty. A friend of mine and myself put cup cake liners in muffin tins, poured the colored wax in the liners and let them set. Once dry, we put ric rack around them and sold them. This may be a good idea if anyone has children looking for a fun way of making a little cash.

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    cool idea

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    Thanks with a 2yr. old there
    are lots of broken crayons around here !!!
    I was just throwing them away.

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    Well, here's an idea maybe ...
    Take the old crayons and a plastic knife and shave the crayons into a pile. Then take the crayon shavings and put them between 2 coffee filters and take an iron on the lowest setting and press it over the coffee filters for a few seconds til the crayons melt together, and now you can hang it up and have a suncatcher kind of thing
    just an idea we did in my pre-school

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    Great Ideas everyone!!

    We have tons of broken crayons -- within hours of opening a new box seems like most of them are broken!

    Will try to make some blues clues and teletubbie crayons tonight (I love wilton candy molds!!)

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