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Making Recycled Crayons

Making recycled letter crayons.
Don't throw away all of those broken crayons; make new ones. This is a guide about making recycled crayons.
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July 17, 2011

I threw my daughter an arts and crafts party for her 3rd birthday. For favors, I made each child their own set of personalized crayons spelling out their own name.

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Directions:

  1. Remove the wrapper from the crayons and start breaking them into smaller pieces. I used about 2-3 crayons and tended to stick to similar colored crayons per letter.
  2. Fill your mold with the pieces of broken crayon. I filled mine to the top, remember, they will melt down and shrink in size. Again, I used my alphabet silicone mold, but you could use any shape you want (flowers, cars, just find the mold).
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  4. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Set the silicone molds onto a cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. The better quality crayons you use, the less clear wax will rise up to the surface. If you notice a lot of clear wax at the top of the mold, you can attempt to mix it. I used a paper clip (I stretched it out straight) to stir in the clear wax back into the rest of the colored wax. If you opt to incorporate the clear wax back into the colored wax, you must do it immediately after you remove the molds from the oven. As the crayon starts to harden, you won't be able to mix, it will just clump.
  6. Wait for the crayons to set up and completely cool off before removing them from the silicone tray. This is the hardest part, the waiting, BUT if you rush it, your crayons won't be hard enough to pop out of the mold and will break, SO wait!
  7. After I completed the set of crayon letters I needed for a guest's name, I placed them, in order, on white paper and photographed them.
  8. I then pulled the image into a word document, into a text box I could resize and typed 'personalized crayons' under the picture. I printed these out and used them as tags for my favors.

This is so simple, personal, and inexpensive. I hope you enjoy!

By Mom2Gracie from Wheaton

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March 3, 2008

I recycle my grandchildren's broken crayons into new crayons. Take all pieces of the same color crayon and melt in a can set in water on the stove. Be careful, this is very hot. Pour into a mold and cool. I use a candy mold. This makes crayons in new fun shapes. You can also mix colors to get some new colors. Also, if you make heart shaped red ones, you can pair them with a hand made Valentine, saying "you color my world, be mine". Perfect for preschool parties.

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August 5, 20091 found this helpful

Use clean, dry glass baby food jars to melt broken crayons. I get my crayons from restaurants that give my daughter crayons with a kid's menu.

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Sort crayons by color and peel off any paper. Put the crayons into separate jars in a hot water bath. After the crayons have melted, pour the wax into a mold.

I used IKEA ice cube trays (silicone) in the shape of flowers, but you could just fill each section of an old ice cube tray halfway. Wait about 8 hours (overnight), then remove from mold.

I believe toddlers may have a more difficult time breaking the chunkier shapes.

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By AnnasMom07 from Raleigh, NC

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November 28, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about make a rainbow crayon from broken pieces. Recycle old broken crayons into new pretty rainbow crayons.

Making Rainbow Crayons from Broken Pieces

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