Party favors don't need to be expensive or junky.
Chances are your kids have come home from many a birthday party with a collection of useless toys and trinkets. When your 5-year-old is the party child, save those other parents all the eye-rolling and secret trash-tossing by turning old crayons into handmade, one-of-a-kind party favors that kids can use to create multi-colored drawings.
1Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
2Prep old crayons by removing any remaining paper wrappers. You can soak the crayons in cold water for 20 minutes to loosen the paper and then remove the paper by hand.
3Fill each cup of the muffin tin with old crayon bits. You may need to break down the bits further to make them fit well. Make sure each mold is filled to the top and there is as little room as possible between crayon bits.
4Place the muffin tin on top of a baking sheet (to catch spills) and put it in the oven. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until the crayons are just starting to melt into each other but not completely liquefied.
5Remove the muffin tin from the oven and let the crayons cool for an hour. Pop the crayons out of the mold and peel off the tinfoil.
6Place a few crayons in decorated, sturdy cupcake wrappers at each child's place setting. Pair with a small coloring book or notepad, if desired.
- Melt colors such as greens, blues and purples together, or reds, oranges and yellows, for best color results. Or melt different shades of one color together in a tin.
Things You'll Need
- Broken bits of old crayons
- Bowl of cold water
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum-lined mini-muffin tray
- Sturdy cupcake wrappers