If you have a lot of old crayons or crayon bits laying around your room and you are a big fan of recycling, you’ll love this CUSTOM CRAYON HOW TO! When my mom first showed me this idea from Martha Stewart (Martha inspires us a lot!) I thought it would be pretty difficult. Turns out, it is not. Keep reading to see how my friend Flora and I find new ways to combine the amazing world of crayons and recycled crafts! And, don’t forget to check out our How-To Video!
Level: Easy Materials: Crayons, old muffin tin or silicone baking molds, creativity
DIRECTIONS FOR HOMEMADE DIY CRAYONS
Step 1: Remove any paper from left over crayon bits or broken stumps. Bits should be an inch or smaller. (You can also cut up new crayons if you like!)
Step 2: Place crayon bits in a non-stick or silicone muffin tin (heart shaped or mini muffin pans or chocolate molds work great, too). Here is where the creativity comes in. Mix colors to create cool effects unless you want a “monochromatic” (Don’t know what this word means? Click on it and you’ll see a definition.) look. Fill tins or molds at least 1/2 way up with broken crayon bits.
Step 3: Ask an adult to place in a pre-heated 200 degree oven.
Step 4: After 15 minutes, check your project. Have an adult remove pan from oven as soon as all bits are liquified — it should only take about 15 minutes or less depending on your oven.
Step 5: Let muffin pan cool – crayons will solidify and shrink, then pop right out when their temperature cools because of their waxy make up.
Step 6: Marvel at your beautiful new recycled crayons. Draw something with them or wrap them with a ribbon and gift to friends. We keep ours in a glass mason jar.
See the HOW TO VIDEO.