Upcycled Crayons

When my son first discovered coloring, he was eager to color on anything that didn't move too fast. Now that he's nearly two, his favorite thing to do with the crayon box is throw them on the floor, excitedly saying "whoa!". He then picks up the crayons, puts them back in the box, and repeats the process. When he tires of throwing them all over and returns to coloring, the smashed crayons are too small to use. So I made new crayons from all the little pieces.

Time needed: 45 minutes (or more if you have a lot of crayons)
Yield: Depends on the number of crayons

  • silicone baking cups (or foil lined cupcake tins)
  • cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (I reused an old piece)
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • old crayons

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Gather all the crayon bits and remove the paper from the crayon. Score the paper for faster and easier removal.

Chop the crayons into small pieces.

Place heaping amounts of crayon bits into the baking cups, as they will settle during baking.

Place cups on baking sheet and bake at 250°F for 15-20 minutes, or until crayons are completely melted. 

Allow to cool and pop from molds. To speed up this process, place the cups in the freezer.


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