We have a ton of broken crayons – I blame the huge coffee can we use to store our crayons. The boys just end up throwing them in. So I separated the whole crayons into a smaller pencil box, and then took all the broken crayons and prepped them for recycling.
I’ve been seeing DIY recycled crayons all over Pinterest. I love the idea of recycling crayon bits instead of throwing them away.
I’ve seen instructions for using muffin tins but it seems like it would be hard to get the crayons out once they cool down. I think silicone would work much better. I just so happened to have mini heart silicone muffin pan that we’ve never used. Not exactly the best for boys, but my kids aren’t picky.
Break up crayons into pieces & combine color combos into each muffin hole
The trick is to melt them on a low setting in the oven and keep checking on them. I’ve seen instructions for as fast as 8 minutes to 15-20 minutes. We were somewhere in the middle.
- Peel off the paper from crayons – this is the most painstaking part
- Break into smaller pieces to fit into a silicone baking mold
- Consider putting cool colors together
- Fill crayon bits to the top of each muffin hole
- Bake at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes
- Keep checking after that to see if all the bits have melted – if not, keep in for a few more minutes or you can stir the nearly melted bits with a toothpick (get a cool swirl effect)
- Once all the wax has melted, take out of the oven and let it cool (if you want to speed up the cooling, let it sit for about 5 minutes at room temperature and then put into the freezer for about 15 minutes)
- If you do freeze them, don’t leave in too long. I left ours in for 30 minutes and found that batch cracked once we started using it (compared to the batch that cooled at room temperature)
Cool Color Combos
- Blue and white – my 6 year old called this the “freezing ice combo”
- Black and orange – Halloween
- Pink and white – Valentine’s Day
- Red, white, and blue – patriotic combo
- Pink, purple, and blue – girly combo
- Green, red, yellow – reggae (dad put this one together)
- Red, orange, and brown – fall combo
- Red, orange, and yellow – my 4 year old called this the “fire combo”
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