Flower Crayons

Winner Of The Broken Crayon in Muffin Tin Contest No One Knew They Were In But Me

I like to be either 2 years ahead of trend (like skinny jeans) or 2 months behind a trend (like Angry Birds).

Okay “like” is a strong word since being ahead allows me to look like a loser at the time and my only consolation is years later saying: SEE I WAS COOL BEFORE IT WAS COOL, AND I DID NOT LOOK LIKE I WAS ABOUT TO RIDE A HORSE. And being 2 months behind keeps me just irrelevant enough that no one reads this post, which is what I’m hoping here because I tried the broken crayons in muffin tins phenomenon.

I know, everyone did it for Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t about to go out and buy silicone heart-shaped muffin pans and break a bunch of crayons when my kids think a $1.99 box of 32 soccer balls on fire with tiny balls on fire tattoos are the bees knees.

I also have a small tendency to suck at anything to do with ovens. And stoves. And art. And the first time I do anything. So rather than be up all night fixing crayon hearts while crying on February 13th, I was up stressing about E misplacing 4 cards.

But time went by and I have a lot of broken crayons plus a pet peeve about wasting things.

I also have a 50-pound iron muffin tin in the shape of flowers ranging from tulips to Gerber daisies. I put it on my wedding registry when I thought the act of getting married would teach me how to bake and have people over to my home voluntarily.

The pan doesn’t get used much so I thought it was a good place for failure. And if I succeeded those little circles and hearts would look like a toddler made them whereas mine would look like a GIFTED toddler had made them.

What all those posts on how to make muffin tin crayons failed to mention is how awesome watching a bunch of crayons melt in the oven is. Seriously, could have done it all day and ask if I could be hired out to do it at other people’s homes.


My crayons came out so cool that we won’t even be using them as crayons because they are so beautiful and everyone failed to mention how much large blobs of crayons suck to draw with.

I will probably stick them in my garden between the crocuses that I planted much too far apart.

Flower Crayons
Ooh, feel dizzy from how impressed you are.

I could claim winner of the Broken Crayon in Muffin Tin contest no one knew they were in but me if there wasn’t one little fact I left out of the above photo of magnificent arts and craft-ness.

This crayon won’t come out.

Flower Crayon Stuck
Like at all. Ever.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

21 thoughts to “Winner Of The Broken Crayon in Muffin Tin Contest No One Knew They Were In But Me”

  1. Those are awesome! I say you bake it again and then pour the molten goop into the trash. I’ve never melted crayons, though, so I have no idea if that’s how it works.

  2. Seriously, these rock- I love them. You might try sticking the pan in the freezer though? Maybe it’ll make that one… yea I have no idea what I’m talking about. Stick it in the freezer is my answer to everthing.

  3. I remember when I was a kid, my mom always made these. Of course she only used muffin tins so they were not as pretty as yours.
    Now it is time for you to try the melted crayon art!

  4. Oooh…someday, when you move to the Q and we’re neighbors (because that’s happening pretty soon, I’m sure), we’ll craft together! It’s gonna be epic! Also very messy. And sticky. And mostly disastrous. But your crayon flowers came out very pretty!

  5. Wait. You’ve never melted crayons with a warm iron before, have you??

    2 pieces of Wax paper; broken crayons; Iron; Ironing board; Towel

    Put the crayons between the wax paper. Put the towel on top of the wax paper. Put the warm iron (not hot) on top of the towel. Wait.


    Note: I burned my thumb doing this when I was 8. But the crayons were awesome.

  6. So serious question- how did you not get ill from the fumes of the melting crayons? We were trying to do that cool melting-crayons-with-a-blowdryer-on-a-canvas craft and about 10 minutes in I started feeling queasy.

    1. Ooh, I saw that one but I don’t have a glue gun permit.

      In the oven I couldn’t smell a thing although I don’t have a good sense of smell, which is probably why I think showering is overrated.

  7. Ohhhh, I love them! I am a previous kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mommy so you think I would do more stuff like this, but I don’t. You have re-inspired me!

  8. Funny how this broken crayon baking is a trend now… my mom was making those things with us 25 years ago. But they were just round like the regular muffin tins – nothing fancy like hearts and flowers. But it is really cool no matter what shape you use.

  9. Since I break all the crayons, (read: I, being the only person in the room who the 2 year old can blame) I guess I can melt the crayons and make pretty things that don’t color but, look really cool in vases?

  10. I’m thinking of all the money I wasted on the Easy Bake Crayon Factory. It melted broken crayons into crayon shapes. Sort of. They broke faster than store bought crayons.

    1. And while we’re at it. I’VE been remelting all my old candles on a candle warmer. What can I put in them to scent them besides. Candle scent oil from Michael’s? What did they do in olden times?

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