|Rainbow crayons!! :) Yayyy!|
At the end of the year last year I had my kids unpeel a ton of old crayons for me in the hopes that I would make some rainbow crayons over the summer.. but it never ended up happening. This past weekend.. I made that colorful dream a reality!
Then I decided I wanted to try muffin tins. Afraid to put the wax directly into my tins and risk ruining them (I also love baking).. I decided to see if I could use cupcake liners. Success! :) While I found that you can use paper liners (although they do stick a little when peeling them off)... foil liners worked the best (they came off super clean and could even be reused again)!
I also preferred using full size muffin tins versus the mini muffin tins.
**While I was preparing my crayons.. I went ahead and preheated my oven to 275° F**
Then using a large knife, I cut the crayons down into smaller pieces (you do not have to cut them down this much.. but I enjoy cutting crayons - strange). :) After cutting them down.. I placed the broken pieces into the cupcake liners in the muffin tin (I filled each cup around 1/2-3/4 of the way full). Then put the tin into the oven for approximately 11-13 minutes (or until all the crayons were pretty much completely melted). I did have the pull them out at like 11 minutes to poke around at some of my more stubborn-melting crayons with a tooth pick.. but after I poked at them and gave them another 2 minutes they all pretty much melted. You know they are done when the wax in each liner is melted and appears flat on the top. You do not want to over melt however.. because you may get some undesired effects (such as the wax somewhat separating from the pigment.. or over-melting the wax causing your colors to completely blend).
|Use foil liners instead of paper liners to get them out easier!|
I LOVE how they turned out!! And what a great way to upcycle old yucky crayons!! :) The kids LOVE them!
|Yes they look just like rainbow reeses cups. :)|
|Probably don't eat them though. ;)|