what to do with old crayons
Spring has arrived, and cleaning is well underway. This means that I’m finding all kinds of things that I can repurpose and make new again! The one thing I always seem to find a lot of is broken crayons. If you’re wondering what to do with broken crayons, don’t throw them away! Instead, make your own DIY Crayons!

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I love new crayons. However, I also have a love for broken and used crayons, too. Just because they aren’t new or used as much doesn’t mean they are ready to be tossed. They just need to be reinvented, and it’s easy to do. Plus, the new, larger crayons you create will be easier to use than the broken bits!

Supplies

  • Broken or old crayons
  • Silicone mold

Steps to Make DIY Crayons

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2:

Gather your broken or old crayons into one spot.

Step 3:

Take the wrappers off of the crayons.

Step 4:

Break the crayons into small pieces. I find that breaking the crayons makes them easier to melt.

Step 5:

Fill a silicone baking container with the broken pieces. Your container can be any shape, such as a circle, flowers, hearts, or squares. I like to mix different colors together to switch things up.

Step 6:

Place your silicone mold on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for three to five minutes.

Step 7:

Remove the baking sheet from the oven when the crayons are melted.

Step 8:

Allow the crayons to cool completely. If you want to speed the process up, you can put the mold in the fridge or the freezer.

Step 9:

Pop the crayons out of the mold.

Step 10:

You and the kids can start creating new art with your crayons.

melted crayonsNot only is this fun, but it’s a great way to teach kids that you can repurpose things. With Earth Day around the corner, it’s always a good reminder to reuse and recycle. These crayons also make great party favors, valentines, and can be used to make great leaf rubbings!

Do you have a drawer of broken and old crayons just waiting to be reinvented? What are you waiting for?!