Does this happen to you? You're walking in your living room, when all of a sudden your foot rolls from under you because you stepped on a wayward crayon? This happens to me often. Kellan likes to use crayons to make parking lots for his cars, so we constantly have crayons underfoot.
Many of our crayons are broken and naked. Kellan likes to peel the paper off, leaving me to wonder if a tiny stick is burnt orange or chestnut. Have I mentioned I'm a huge nerd?
When I learned our crayon nubs could be recycled to make cool new crayons, I was definitely enthused. There is more than one way to do this, including melting the crayons inside a glass jar in hot water like you would melt chocolate, but I like another method better.
First heat your oven to 200°. Carefully cut up your crayons into small pieces. Place them inside a non-stick cupcake pan. You can get really creative with the color combinations. Bake for about 20 minutes, making sure to check the progress of your melted crayons. Take out the pan and let the crayons cool completely. Pop out the discs and enjoy! This is a fun recycling project and a great way to give new life to old crayons.