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Making Recycled 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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  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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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

Wonderful craft and oh so colorful! Thanks for the step by step instructions as well as the pictures. I bet all the children at the party were thrilled with their party favors!

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November 28, 20160 found this helpful

Making Rainbow Crayons from Broken Pieces

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

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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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April 3, 20080 found this helpful

When our girls were little I made all sorts of crayons like this for them and their friends. It is fun looking for the candy molds at garage sales, thrift stores and such. For birthday gifts for the girls' friends, I would find out their friends favorite cartoon/hero/character and then go buy a candy mold (check Hobby Lobby and Michael's, and use those store coupons) with that character. I would also buy a coloring book with that same theme. If I couldn't find the coloring book with that theme, I would buy a regular reading book with that character, and also buy a scribble tablet to include with the customized crayons.

These cool molded crayons also make nice fundraiser items...make them (inexpensively) and sell them for that special organization or project (good money can be made this way!)

My girls are 25 and 21 now, and I know they would love it if I would make them some of these crayons from their childhood...we are NEVER too old for crayons!

Another fun thing to do with the candy molds is to pour them full of plaster and let dry. Once completely dried, paint them, and add a magnet on the back. Fun refrigerator magnets. (Recycling tip...if you can get your hands on an old refrigerator, the door seal is magnet (or at least they used to be), and there is a lot of magnet in the fridge door.

If your cupboards are bare of crayons, place a wanted post on your local Freecycle group. www.freecycle.org

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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. Sort crayons by color and peel off any paper. Put the crayons into separate jars in a hot water bath.

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