DIY Recycled Crayons
I have seen a lot of posts of people using their old crayons to make new and exciting rainbow crayons (our inspiration today came from The Pleasentest Thing). Today the kids were complaining about how run down their crayons were so I looked in my stockpile and found new crayons. Since we had a lot of broken/worn out crayons I decided today would be the day we would try our hand at making crayons.
- Cupcake tray/silicone molds/shaped cookie pans/mini cake pans
- Old crayons (peeled and broken into smaller pieces)
- Find a mold. I searched my stash of cake pans and cookie molds and found a mini cake train pan and a sports themed cookie pan. Both kids decided to make a train – since they were so big they each only got to make one.
- Peel crayons. This easily took us 30-45 minutes to get enough to fill two train cavities in the mini cake pan. If we had used the cookie mold we would have had enough pieces to fill at least six. The kids actually did great with this and it kept their attention for almost the whole time.
- Fill the mold. This part was fun for the kids – they enjoyed putting all the crayon pieces into the mold.
- Preheat oven. Preheat the oven to 225º.
- Bake. Bake the crayon pieces until they have melted completely. With our mini cake pan it took almost 20 minutes (with smaller I think it would only take about 10 minutes – watch closely).
- Cool. After I took the mold out of the oven I placed it in the freezer for roughly 20 minutes.
- Remove from mold. The newly formed crayons should pop right out of the mold.
- Play! The kids were so excited to color with their trains! The trains broke very easily – again I think a smaller sized crayon would have been much easier to manage. The kids loved how the crayon would change colors as they colored.
This was a super easy and fun project that we will definitely do again. Next time I will definitely use a smaller mold. This project took around 1-1/2 hours from start to finish (with lunch break in the middle while the crayons were cooling). The kids stayed involved and excited the whole time which was great!