Anyone else constantly finding broken crayon pieces laying around? It seems like every time my toddler gets his crayons out, we end up with a few more broken pieces from pressing down too hard, or stepping on them. Thankfully, I found a great tutorial online for recycling those broken pieces and giving them new life in a simple, fun craft project.
There are so many craft projects out there using crayons, but this one actually makes a new crayon out of the recycled pieces. The tutorial is super quick and easy. I’m always glad when I can find a project I can easily complete from start to finish during my son’s nap time, otherwise, it might not get finished!
The possibilities are endless with this project! You can make crayons in tons of different shapes and color combinations! All you need is a cupcake pan or oven-safe mold. I found a cupcake pan that had heart shape cutouts, so I decided to use that and make heart-shaped crayons for my son to give out for Valentine’s Day. You could easily change for a shape that works for a different holiday or party theme.
These crayons are perfect for my toddler, they are chunky and easy to hold. Plus, it’s fun for him to see all the different colors that show up as he colors with these multi-colored crayons! You could make just a couple from broken crayon pieces, or buy cheap crayons to break apart yourself.
DIY Crayon materials (makes 12 large or 24 small crayons):
- Approximately 48 crayons, broken into pieces (more or less depending on the size of mold)
- Silicon mold (safe for the oven) or metal pan
DIY Crayon instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 200F
- Remove all paper from crayons – you can peel or use an Exacto knife to cut down the length of the paper and easily remove
- Break crayon into four pieces – does not need to be exact
- Fill a nonstick cupcake pan or silicone mold with crayon pieces until its about 2/3 full. Make sure whatever you use is oven safe! If you do use a small silicone mold, you will want to place the mold on a cookie sheet.
- Place in oven and bake for about 15-20 mins, the crayons should be completely melted.
- Carefully remove the pan from the oven when it is done. You don’t want to slosh the liquid around as you remove it.
- Let the crayons completely cool and harden, this should take about 30 minutes.
- Once hardened, the crayons should come out easily. I had no problem; just gave the pan a little tap to remove them. I have read you can freeze them if they are wanting to stick, and it will come out more easily.
- Enjoy coloring with these!