Do your kids peel the labels off crayons and break them like it’s their job? We’re left with tons of broken crayons and less than inspired artists. Here’s a fun tutorial to re-use those broken bits and re-inspire you and your kids!
What you’ll need:
- broken wax crayons (all labels removed)
- silicon mold/silicon ice tray (alphabet or fun shapes; must be oven-safe)
- cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Place broken crayons in shape/letter slots in silicon mold. You can mix and match colors as the wax will settle to varying degrees – while some colors will melt and mix into a new color entirely, other colors will hold their own and become multi-colored crayons. I’m guessing this has something to do with either the chemical makeup of the color dye and/or using different brands of crayons with varying wax bases. Oh, and be careful not to overload each space (to avoid overflow once the wax melts).
Place silicon molds on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes (or until all wax chunks have melted).
Remove pan/molds from oven, and let the wax cool for at least one hour.
Check to be sure pans and wax have cooled before popping out each shape/letter. (If you have any wax residue left on your mold, run it under cold water and you’ll be able to scrape off the wax bits with your fingernail or a dull knife.)
Color to your heart’s content! You can see above how the colors mixed as they melted…and below how cool they color!
- I found my alphabet mold on Amazon.
- The letter-shaped crayons are great for coloring at restaurants…they won’t roll off the table!
- The letter-shaped crayons are a great tool to reinforce letters, words and the alphabet with toddlers/pre-schoolers.
- This is a fun activity to do with your kids. My daughter, Gemma, helped load the crayons into the pans and got a kick out of watching through the oven window as the wax melted down into the letter slots.
- These make great gifts! Gemma gave each of her neighborhood friends their own “name in crayons” as a Christmas gift one year.
- You can use this project to open a dialogue with young kids about ways to “reduce, reuse and recycle” in your home and community.