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Melt My Heart(s)

Growing up my mother made my brother and me an art cupboard. I loved that art cupboard. It was always full of fun treasure– markers, crayons, construction paper, stickers, paints, and various other knick-knacks. Every so often while cleaning the house, my mother would tidy the art cupboard. I hated those days… they were the worst. She would get out a blank sheet of paper and test the markers. If they had dried out they would go into the trash can. I guess that was understandable since they no longer worked. It was the crayons that were the hardest to part with. She would throw out the little nubs of crayon that where floating around our giant box. Maybe it was because I was over dramatic… or maybe it was because I was an artistic child– with every coloring device thrown in the the garbage bin was also an opportunity to create some great. Maybe it was a control issue…. or that I was just a little kid. Whatever the reason… I was not a fan of “clean the art cupboard day” and was known to shed a tear or two on the days it commenced. Until one fine day my mother suggested that we make giant tie dye crayons out of all my broken pieces instead of throwing them away. Brilliant. I was totally onboard.

Well, now I am an adult and I have to tidy my own art cupboard. Now guess who is emotional during clean up? My pet unicorn. Oh man. It is about 50 times worse than my reaction as a kid. Rainbows & colors are super important to unicorns. You would think that I was just taking money and burning it in front of her eyes each time a crayon hit that trash can. So after an afternoon of listening to her sob, I remembered my mother’s little trick of recycling our broken crayons and all was well again.

It’s super easy and heaps of fun. If you would like to get it go keep reading.

Let’s get started…. 

**If you don’t have broken crayons to recycle… have no fear. Just run down to the store and pick up a pack of Crayola crayons (because Crayola makes the best crayons ever). I would grab a box of at least 64 or larger.**

1.) Preheat your oven to 250* F.

2.) Next, peel off any wrappers from your crayons and break crayons into small pieces.

3.) Place your crayon pieces into a silicon baking tray of your choice. Since Valentines Day is just around the corner, I will be using a heart tray.

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4.) Place your crayon filled baking tray onto a cookie sheet and bake in oven for 14-15 mins.

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5.) Remove the trays from your oven and let them cool. I stick my silicon tray directly into the freezer and leave for about 5-10 minutes.

6.) Remove your new crayons from the tray and color!

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They even make rainbows when you use them!! Oh, yes.

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Happy coloring!! xo

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