DIY Crayons or What to Do With All Those Broken Bits

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I have a really easy DIY project that you can do with kids or use to make favors for parties; there’s all sorts of possibilities. It couldn’t be easier, though it does take a few broken crayons and a little patience (not much though, I promise).

You’ll need:

  • crayon bits (which if you color at all, I bet you have these around…)
  • a knife and cutting board
  • a mold like a mini cupcake pan–metal will clean up easiest

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First, cut your crayons into small bits.

Preheat your oven to the lowest setting (for me that was 170F).

Combine your crayon colors any way you like (sky/sunset colors, primaries, shades of one color) in the oven-safe molds. (I used a non oven-safe silicon mold and it sort of died, so be ¬†cautious when using silicon ice cube molds unless you don’t care if you can ever use them again).

Put your molds in the oven (if they’re small, you can place them on a cookie sheet first) and let the wax melt. This takes about 20-40 minutes, depending on how large the wax pieces are, the colors used, and so on. But basically when everything’s melted, it’s time for them to come out.

Let the new crayons cool completely before attempting to remove them (this is where the patience comes in. They’ll still come out if they’re warmish, but they’ll break–trust me.)

If they don’t pop right out, you can throw them in the freezer ¬†for up to an hour and they should come out more easily.

Now you can color something with your multicolor crayons!

 

What’s your favorite thing to draw or color or do with crayons? Let me know in the comments!