I have made recycled crayons before – and I got a little addicted to doing them and made a million for Christmas presents but yesterday was the first time I did it without using an oven. It is so fun melting crayons with the sun. The heatwave on the west coast was in full swing and I decided to try something new… and it worked!
- Gather your materials. You will need some crayons, aluminum foil, cookie cutters, a paper plate and a very hot sunny spot.
- Start by peeling and breaking your crayons into small pieces. I left some chunky bits because it was well over 100 and figured it would be fine, if the day was cooler I’d used shavings to melt faster.
- Cover the plate with aluminum foil
- Place the plate with the cookie cutters in a sunny spot
- Add the broken crayons
- Wait- in 100+ heat this took an hour to melt, but I had lots of really big pieces.
- Yay, they melted!
- Let cool inside, then pop out of the cookie cutters. Mine slid right out, I just broke off the little bit of extra that slipped out on the bottom.
- Color on scrap paper for a truly eco-friendly activity!
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