Crayon Cupcakes

Looking for something fun and engaging to do with your children that doesn’t cost a dime and in the process teaches a great lesson in reusing/recycling old and unwanted items? Well, I stumbled onto this fun craft yesterday afternoon as I was organizing (cleaning up) my children’s craft bin and table. Dozens and dozens of broken crayons tumbled to the floor as I picked up the 100 count once loved crayon box. As I was about to throw them away a new pack of twistable crayons (thank you Santa) that included “rainbow” and “swirl” colors caught my eye. The girls love using these funky color combinations, and all the unpredictable marks that they make. Why can’t I make those? Well, I can and we did.

I called the girls over to help me collect the broken pieces and we marched into the kitchen. They were not quite sure what mommy was up to but they were intrigued. I instructed them to began pealing and breaking the old worn out waxy pieces. What? It’s ok to break our crayons up, one little voice questioned. Yes, this time we can. Their eyes sparkled with delight. Some how this activity seemed a bit devious, and they were thrilled at the permission to freely tear into the old crayons. Amazingly, and without any prompting, the girls began creating small piles of color combinations and naming them. There was the “pretty princess” pile, the “leaf” pile, the “grey cloud” pile, and on and on. All the while they remained completely engaged and intrigued in what we were about to do.

I don’t think they were quite sure what would happen when mommy put the broken crayon pieces in the oven, but they were sticking around, wide eyed, waiting to see. We placed the broken pieces into a non-stick mini cupcake pan that I happened to have. Use what every you prefer. I didn’t spray the pan, but that would have probably been a good idea. I preheated the oven to 350 degrees, and we slid the “Crayon Cupcakes” in. Within about 5 minutes or so the once solid forms were a soupy liquid. The girls squealed with delight as each piece collapsed into itself and blended with the colors they had placed it with. I then removed the pan and let it cool completely, trying not to disturb the cool swirls organically created by the melted crayons. Once they cooled I popped them out and Cupcake Crayons were born and ready to go. Recycling craft accomplished.

Note: The pan is VERY hot when it comes out of the oven, so pass out cookies before you even open the oven, and have your children keep a safe distance until things cool down. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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5 Responses to “Crayon Cupcakes”

  1. Abbey — January 12, 2011 @ 10:42 am (#

    Love it, Beth! Glad to see this cleaned up well, but your comment that you will use cooking spray next time made me think of this other tip:

    I always spray votive holders with Pam or any cooking spray before I put the candles in– makes it so much easier to clean the wax out when the candles burn down!

    You can also use Pam on the front of your car before a long road trip– the bugs that hit the grill will just slide right off! (Just make sure you don’t spray your windshield; the sun will “bake” the Pam a nice golden brown that can be a pain to wash off the glass!)


  2. Rae — January 12, 2011 @ 10:13 pm (#

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Going to use this idea with all the crayons we get from restaurants. It turns my stomach at how many crayons we’ve left and wasted on the tables. Sometimes we bring our own, but find it difficult to convince the kids that ones in Mommy’s purse work just as well as those from our server. Thanks!


  3. Kathy Irvine — January 16, 2011 @ 8:03 am (#

    Wonderful! So much for the buying the crayon maker.


  4. Bobbie Morrow — January 18, 2011 @ 3:41 pm (#

    An absolutely fabulous idea!

    Wish I was back teaching my kindergarten class – this would be a major hit with them and major fun for me.

    Oh well, I will just have to be patient and hope for grankids to do it with.


  5. Wendie — February 9, 2011 @ 3:14 pm (#

    After cooling, just put the pan in the freezer for about 3-5 min. All the wax will come out easily. This works well for any wax in votives or tall chimneys.


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