This isn’t my usual muffin recipe. The ingredients are decidedly different — and more colorful.

My kids love those multi-colored crayons at the store and their playgoup; my husband I don’t love the price of them. We also don’t love the scads of broken crayons in the kitchen. What’s a parent to do?

This thrifty one couldn’t see throwing all those crayon ends that no one wants to draw with away. Instead, I made new, multi-colored crayons.

Just take the broken bits of crayon, peel off the papers and chop them on a cutting board lined with waxed paper into smaller pieces (mine are about 1/4-inch long). I made red multi-tonal ones for my daughter and blue tones for my son.

chopped crayons in muffin tin

Preheat the oven tabout 250. Line muffin tins with cupcake cups, then fill the cups about a third to halfway.

Pop the muffin tin into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the crayon bits are melted.

Recycled crayon craft with melted crayons

Don’t they look like multi-colored Reese’s peanut butter cups?

Allow to cool, then draw, color or write with your new crayons. These would also make a great gift for kids or a favor for kids’ parties.

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