I am sure your children have a box full of small pieces of broken crayons in their school supplies or a new box with broken pieces at the bottom of the box Instead of throwing them out, recycle them into molded crayons!
Recycling Broken Crayons
This is a very easy project that the kids and any young children will love. You can make different shapes, rainbow crayon molds, multi-color, or single color molded crayons.
My favorite molds are the ones made with pastel crayons since they’ a’re a great way to brighten up any coloring page or white background.
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Gather pieces of crayons and broken crayons and peel the paper off.
Cheap whole crayons work really well for this project. Even the ones that you get free at restaurants. The Crayola crayon labels are a lot harder to get off.
I found a razor blade helped- just slice down the length of the crayon and peel the label.
Place crayons in a muffin tin, metal mold pan, or silicone mold. Make sure you pick a shape that will fit in your kid’s small hands.
We used a heart shaped pan and a muffin tin.
Place crayons and crayon shavings in a single layer.
You can sort the colors or make a mixture like we did. Use an older pan just in case it colors the pan.
Some of the crayons will stain the pan so we have a dedicated craft muffin pan.
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Place the filled muffin tin or mold into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.
Once the crayons have melted, carefully remove the melted crayons from the oven with an oven mitt, of course.
Let it cool on a flat surface until solid.
Place the tin or mold in the freezer for about 5 minutes and the molded crayons should pop out easily.
You can also use a knife along the edge to pop them out. These would be great for little Valentine gifts for your child’s class!
Renae is a married working mom of two boys. She is the author of How to Have it All and writes about Kroger Deals, Easy Recipes, Life With Boys and so much more. Join her as she journey’s through motherhood juggling work, raising kids and saving money.
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