We have lots of broken crayons laying around our house. I found three great crafts to use them for recently. The first is making new crayons out of old crayons. The second is wax valentine's hearts which I found on Ashleyann Photography. I thought it was a really cute idea and we needed some more valentine decorations. The third came to mind when I was trying to figure out what to do with all the left over hearts from project number 2. We used the leftover hearts and glued them on card stock to create our valentine's cards. All three projects were suitable for my 3 and 5 year old but needed a bit of supervision since cheese graters and toasters were involved.
To make new crayons out of broken ones:
Peel the crayons.
Place the broken crayons in small muffin wrappers and put them in toaster oven briefly at 250 degree or heat up in microwave.
When they are still warm you can use a tooth pick to make swirls in the crayons and let them cool off.
Peel the wrappers off and enjoy the new crayons.
To make the wax valentine hearts:
Take your peeled crayons and shave them down with an old cheese grater. (a grown-up job)
Put a towel down, place a sheet of wax paper down, place the crayon shavings on the sheet of wax paper and place another sheet on top, top it off with another towel.
Iron briefly till all the crayons have melted together.
After the paper is cool cut or have your children cut hearts out and string them on a piece of yarn.
The left over hearts were turned into valentine's cards: