Is my kid the only one who bites the tips off of crayons? Surely not. Despite his appetite for crayons, he loves to color – or I guess, scribble. His artwork makes for some pretty easy and special gifts to the grandparents might I add. Of course, toddlers are not at all careful or gentle with anything so like most of you with kiddos, I have a ton of broken pieces of crayons. Some of the pieces are so short, it’s nearly impossible for Ollie to get a grasp so making these recycled crayons is my solution to ensuring the crayons get completely used up.
They are really simple to make and watching them melt in the oven is a lot of fun for a little one. Also, these recycled crayons are completely customizable so you can make rainbow crayons, or stick to any particular color scheme.
These crayons are also perfect favors, classroom gifts, Halloween treats, Easter basket/egg fillers, or stocking stuffers. The best part is, they are completely Zero Waste! Old broken crayons get used up and they don’t come wrapped in plastic/throwaway packaging.
DIY Recycled Crayons
To make the crayons, you’ll first want to remove the paper wrapper around each crayon. You can put all of the papers in your compost. While you are doing this tedious part, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Break up all of the crayons into smaller pieces if they aren’t already. Then separate them out if you prefer to have a particular color scheme.
I used a silicone mold that I use for everything like dishwasher tabs, bath bombs, lotion bars, small candles, and more. The mold has a nonstick surface that helps get the crayons out after they have cooled.
Once your oven has preheated to 350 degrees F, place the mold (if you use one) into the oven. You could also use a cupcake tin. Mine took about 4.5 minutes to melt fully – the mold is about a half inch deep so depending on how deep your crayon piles are will vary the melting time.
Once they have fully melted, remove them from the oven and let cool completely (about 30 minutes) before removing the mold.
And that’s it! Super easy, a fun project to do with your kids, and a great way to make sure all of those crayon pieces get used up.
Another great DIY to make with your children is this DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder!