Ever wonder what to do with those stubs of crayons? Old crayons can be used in a variety of crafts from making new crayons to candles. This guide contains craft ideas using recycled crayons.
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Remove the paper wrappers on all the crayons. I used an exacto knife for speed, but if you have children helping with this project it would be best to do it by hand.
Separate the crayons into color groups. Try throwing gold or silver pieces in with another color, this will put streaks of gold or silver throughout the other color. Play with your color combinations and see what happens.
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
Cut all the crayons into 1/2 inch to 1 inch pieces.
Place enough crayon pieces into each silicone cup so that the bottom is covered. Each cup will be filled about 1/3 of the way up.
Place the mold into the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
When the crayons have melted completely, take them out of the oven. Set the mold on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then place in the frezzer for another 15-25 minutes or until the crayons have re-solidified.
When the crayons are solid, gently push them out of each cup in the silicone mold.
Now you have brand "new" crayons. This is a very thrifty and fun craft! These can be made before your kids go back to school, instead of buying new ones, use the old broken ones. Your kid is sure to have the coolest crayons in the class. These also make great gifts for children and adults alike.
That is so cool I am sending the link to my daughter today for the boys! Thanks!
We did this for the 4 and 5 year olds in our class. We also made round ones. The kids did not like them. It was to hard to hold and harder to color with. Maybe you will have better luck than we did. We finally threw them away because no one would use them.
I have done the same thing except that we used what is left at the end of the candle once it has burned down & can't be used anymore. Scented ones are best. You can use them either as a candle (just add a wick when wax is partially set), or you can use them as little drawer fresheners. We save the candle bits, my daughter also gives me hers - cut into pieces & put into the molds. Very colorful & very nice with varying scents as the candle burns.
I don't have any silicone bake wear and don't want to go buy some just for this project. However, i do have disposable aluminum cups (star shaped). Any reason I couldn't use them?
I have a large amount of old crayons from a Sunday School class. I would love to use them up to make something for the kids in my class. Someone suggested melting them in cookie cutters to make shaped crayons. Any ideas on how to do this, or other uses?
Kelly from North Carolina
Remove the paper from the crayons, melt them down and use them to make candles.
I used to put 2 or 3 broken crayons in cupcake papers and heat them in a muffin tin at a low oven temp. When they melt and swirl together.... Voila! multicolored crayons! Thesr are great for rubbings. Leaves, zippers etc.
You can use them to add color when making candles.
You can shave the crayons w/ a peeler into small flakes. Then place the different colored shavings between to sheets of waxed paper & run a warm iron over it to create a suncatcher. These can be cut into shapes, sealed at the edges w/ a glue stick. Add a hole punched in the top for hanging. You can mix the crayon shavings or keep each color in a small plastic container. These would look pretty made into tree shapes at Christmas using red & green shavings. If the kids are old enough they could draw some simple designs on the wax paper w/ sharpie markers. Some ideas are a Jack-o-lantern for Halloween, a decorated tree for Christmas, lines on the Easter Egg, and of course their names.
Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Fill each mold with assorted colors of crayon pieces (paper removed) and bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes. (Tip: Place a sheet pan under the crayons to catch any drips). Once they're cool, remove the hearts from the mold and smooth any rough edges by rubbing them on a piece of scrap paper or a steak knife. Use small pieces of foam tape to stick each heart to a 3-inch circle cut from card stock and add a message.
We made these with our children, so easy to make. It gets rid of all those broken old crayons. You can actually use any shape metal cookie or muffin tin our tins were heart shaped and about 1 1/2 inches across, but you can use any size you'd like, bigger or smaller. You can make solid colors or multi colored shapes. We not only made the Valentine cards for school, but also just used them as unusual shaped crayons.
I got the inspiration for these from this link: http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11585
By IMAQT1962 from IL
great idea and sounds sooo easy I can do it LOL....the grandkids will luv them :0)
This is a guide about uses for old crayons. Don't throw out those old stubby crayons, there are numerous ways to still use them.
Why does it take colored crayons longer to burn than white crayons?
Ronald from Savannah, Georgia
You shouldn't use crayons to make candles cause the dyes are flammable and could cause serious injury. That is why it takes longer due to the amount of pigment and whether it can pass thru the wick without clogging it.
I don't understand denise w's explanation of why crayons shouldn't be used to color candles. Candle wax is also extremely flammable; both candles and crayons are made from parrafin as their base (unless you have the newer soy wax candles). Several craft instructions I have say to use crayons to color the wax when making candles, and I was told that the pigment sold to color candles is the same that's used for making crayons. Am I missing something or have I been misinformed? I'm just curious...
I don't get the question - burning how? And as far as candles go, in my many years, I've never used anything BUT crayons to color them. I would guess they take longer to burn that way because they (crayons) aren't pure paraffin.