You know that lovely smell that happens when you crack open a new box of crayons? And then not too may days after that those crayons are peeled, and broken, and have lost that new crayon sparkle? Enter this super simple DIY crayon recycling idea.
What you need….
Grab the box of grubby, broken crayons that no one wants to use but you can’t bear to throw away. They are perfect for today!
You will also need some kind of mold in which to melt your crayons in. Silicone molds are super easy to use. Because they are so soft you can just “pop” the finished cooled crayons right out.
We have a heart mold that has turned out Valentine crayons for several years worth of elementary Valentine’s day parties. Recently we used a silicone ice trays which turned out really awesome as well.
After using these little trays for crayons you could probably scrub them clean and fill them with muffin mix. But, I’m not gonna’ lie. At our house once we make crayons the trays are designated “crafting use.”
The ice cube trays also make a perfect way to dispense liquid watercolor and other paints.
You will need a knife for the adult involved to help cut the wrapper off the crayon.
Heat your oven to 300 degrees. That’s it.
I have to admit peeling crayons is like therapy to me. Once I start I want to keep doing it.
I use an X-acto blade to slice a line down the paper of the crayon, pass down to the kid, and let them peel away.
Snap crayons into small pieces and set aside.
Now is the time to fill up whatever mold you decide to use. Lay small pieces of crayons in the mold haphazardly or in a color coordinated plan. Whatever makes your little person happy here will work just fine. Don’t worry if the crayons don’t lay flat. As they melt it all smooths out.
DIY crayon melting….
If you’re using silicone molds I suggest placing them on top of a regular baking sheet before they go in the oven. A flexible pan full of hot wax is not ideal for getting out of the oven. Set your timer for twenty minutes and go peel some more crayons.
What do with your DIY crayons….
Wait for them to fully cool. They will try to trick you by looking all solid and done. But when you go to pop them out of the mold melty wax is hiding inside. Give them twenty minutes or so to cool in the molds. The top of the crayon (which will actually be the bottom when they come out of the mold) might look a little mixed and muddy in color. Don’t worry. Pop them out and take a look at the top- beautiful!
These are perfect for large scale drawing or rubbings like these leaf rubbings or these tissue paper rubbings. Normally for a rubbing you would be peeling a crayon and laying it on its side to use. These chubby DIY crayons give your kids something to hold onto and make the whole process a little easier! And depending on the colors they chose they might get a surprise of colors as they work!