Tutorial: Custom Crayons

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

Step 1.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Step 2.

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).

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Step 3.

Place silicon molds on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes (or until all wax chunks have melted).

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Step 4.

Remove pan/molds from oven, and let the wax cool for at least one hour.

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Step 5.

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.)

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Step 6.

Color to your heart’s content! You can see above how the colors mixed as they melted…and below how cool they color!

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Special notes:

  • 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.

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