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Recycled Crayons

What you will make:

In this craft project, make new crayons out of old broken ones. Your kids will have fun making crayons that are better than new. At the same time, they will learn about how crayons are formed, and how to combine colors. The recycled crayons also make a good gift when placed in a cellophane or plastic bag tied with pretty ribbon or yarn.

This project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom or group craft time. Adult supervision is required when melting the crayons. Hot wax can burn!

Related crafts: Melt crayon shavings to create Stained Glass Leaves or melt old candles to make Homemade Waxed Paper.

Here's what you need:
  • Broken crayons
  • Mini-muffin pans (silicone are best)
  • Old cookie sheet
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper
  • Kitchen oven
  • Oven mitts
  • Knife and a scrap of wood
  • Optional: Clear cellophane or plastic bags, ribbon or yarn

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Recycled Crayons

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Read through the project, then gather the materials needed for making the recycled crayons. Look for mini-muffin pans at garage sales and thrift shops. You might even find ones with fun shapes like hearts or stars. Cover your work area with newspaper. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).

Step 2: Prepare Crayons Peel paper off crayons and sort by color

Remove all the paper on the crayons. The kids can do this while you get the other things ready. It will be easier to peel the crayons if you score the paper with a knife first.

Sort the crayon pieces by color. Make piles of red, blue, green, and yellow crayons. Other colors can be placed in their own piles or in the pile that they match best—put purple crayons in the blue pile and orange crayons in the red pile.

Cut crayons to pea-size Break up any large pieces. Cut the crayons to about pea-size on a scrap of wood using an old knife.

Step 3: Fill Muffin Wells Fill mini-muffin wells with bits of crayons

Place the mini-muffin pan on an old cookie sheet. Fill each well in the mini-muffin pan about ½ to ¾ full with pieces of crayon. Use all one color, or combine two or more colors to create a new color of crayon. Mix red and yellow pieces to make orange, red and blue for purple, or blue and yellow for green. Let the children mix the colors as they like.

Step 4: Melt and Cool Mini-muffin tin with melted crayons

Place the muffin pan on the cookie sheet in an oven preheated to 200°F (95°C) for 15 to 20 minutes, until the crayons have melted. Carefully remove the cookie sheet with the mini-muffin pan from the oven using oven mitts. For smoother colors, use toothpicks to stir the melted crayon wax. Set the pans aside to cool for 30 minutes to an hour.

Pop crayons from pan Pop the cooled crayons out of the mini-muffin pans. If you have trouble getting the crayons out, put the pan in the freezer for a few minutes.

That's it! Your recycled crayons are ready to use!
Multi-colored stack of recycled crayons

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Stained glass oak leaf

Related craft: Use shavings from old crayons to make Stained Glass Leaves to hang in your windows.

Red, orange and yellow recycled crayons

Tip: Mix pieces of red and yellow crayons together to make a new orange crayon.

Set of recycled crayons

Tip: Make several colors of recycled crayons for a complete set.

Recycled crayons in bag with ribbon

Tip: Recycled crayons make a nice gift. Put a set of crayons in a plastic bag tied with a pretty ribbon.

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