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We are working on Valentines gifts for my daughters pre-school class. Last week when I was cleaning I found about 100 broken crayons and I decided it was time to remake them into cute gifts. I also asked her teacher if she had any broken crayons she would like to see recycled, she has a huge bucket full.

To complete this project you will need:
Aluminum Cans
Wooden sticks or dowel rods
Candy mold or ice cube trays
Large Pan

This project is fairly easy but involves hot wax (melted Crayons) and it takes a bit of time.

Step 1: Making Melting Pots

Picture of Making Melting Pots
I use aluminum cans to melt the crayons in. The first thing I do is cut off the tops. You need enough so that they are packed tightly enough in the pot that they will not fall over, I used 8. The top cuts will be sharp.
topazcat6 years ago
This is a very cute idea, thank you for posting. If one had small kids (mine are "too big"), these new crayon shapes would be great as goodies in a birthday treat bag.

hey hey hey, nobody is to big for cute crayons! my daughter is 10 and loves these kinds of things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!0_0

But isn't it too hard to use these? The shape will end up messing up the user's hands.

cathleen.fish10 months ago

I bought silicon ice cube trays in various shapes to make these. I can't seem to get the molds clean now. I've tried "warming" them in the oven face down on paper towels, Boiling in soapy water and spraying "goo gone" on them. Nothing is dissolving the crayons. I won't be using these for food, but want them clean for next time. Any other suggestions?

your right very messy but the crayons was easy to clean
zamrin2 years ago
Hey you can make multi color crayons like blurple (bluepurple)

And Porange! (Pink+Orange)

I think this is a great idea and would make an adorable gift. I've linked to you in my post on the 101 coolest reusable craft ideas. Nice work!

Post is here, if you want to read: http://liverichandfree.blogspot.com/2011/10/101-coolest-reuseable-craft-projects.html
sniffydogs6 years ago
I split the wrappers with a razor or Exacto knife. You can also use muffin tins and avoid the mess entirely by putting the broken crayons in the muffin cups in a warm oven preheated to 350 for about 15 minutes, then turn it off. Pouring hot wax is dangerous. The larger cupcakes are great for making rubbings of grave stones, etc.
I'd be careful using crayons for grave rubbings - many older stones are too fragile for that. Chalk is usually what is recommended. If you want it to be a permanent rubbing, there are spray fixatives on the market so the chalk doesn't smudge.
Some older grave markers have been loved/rubbed to death. If you did not pay for the grave marker or are not willing to pay to replace it, you shouldn't be doing anything to it other than photograph it.
chuckr444 years ago
When making candles, I also noticed the crayons from China did not melt. I wonder why. Maybe they are not paraffin but a different type of wax with a higher melting point.

xavec4 years ago
love this! Thanks for sharing.
ramhardikar4 years ago
Good one..
jsmith1254 years ago
We use silicone ice trays to make crayons in the oven. You can also use mini-muffin pans, but then you don't get heart shapes. I LOVE this project.
Crayola puts out this little light-bulb powered device that does essentially the same thing. But I like your's better as you can mold into different shapes.
love2die1004 years ago
Great idea,thx4sharing.
evaramos894 years ago
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i love this idea this what im giving my 4 yr old sis but i was just wondering did u put the cans in hot water or does it matter
Alinora5 years ago
AHHHH! It hurts when the wax falls on your foot T_T. I don't have any candy Molds AT ALL, so I tried Micheals and found some. Expensive, but worth it^^.
i love this to death! I'm gunna make some for my newborn neice!
Shane11636 years ago
I have a crayon recycler the one with the metal tray and the light bulb and u pour it into the mold to make new crayons
mine didnt work :(
Haha, I remember those! They even had ones that made little wax figurines! Never had one myself, but always thought about making one! =D
reeta6 years ago
this is great! thanks for the great idea :)
JamesFXR6 years ago
you can use a standard can opener to get the top off a can and it leaves the lip on the can so it isnt sharp
love this! i'm making some right now. but before i ruin a perfectly good candy mould...how would i wash the crayon wax out of the moulds so they are good for candy once again?
SomArtMama (author)  lyraleperformer6 years ago
I have never reused them for candy but the crayon pops right out and mine have no residue in them.
can i still make candy in the molds after making these (and washing them out, of course!)?
SomArtMama (author)  riku-riku-chan6 years ago
I don't really know, crayons are non toxic but I have never used my molds for anything other than crayons.
thanks for the reply... i'm just worried about any waxy residue!...
well, consider that a good majority of candies(i know of some chocolate dip recipes for pastries and such) are containing a fairly large percentage of wax.
Do you think that wax is something not natural? Crayons could have paraffin.
entirely not what i was getting at, but no. crayons are not made with paraffin wax. wax is in itself, digestible, but just because we have the ability to eat something does not mean we should. leaves for example :) the one reason i do not like chocolate is because of its waxy-ness. except +60% dark. no amount of wax could ruin that :)
Same here, I love dark chocolates.
Most chocolate actually has wax in it anyways... Keeps it from melting as fast when it gets warm. American Chocolate probably has the most.
Also no matter how much you clean, it is likely that some residue is left. It won't be very nice to even try that.
Crayons are non toxic and it would give your chocolate a shine
only American crayons are guaranteed non toxic. don't trust crayons made in China they have been know to put lead in the ink that is on the papers and if you are melting the crayon with the label on then the lead will leach.
SomArtMama (author)  Strawberryholt6 years ago
Crayola and Roseart are safe this is why they are the brands preferred by most schools
sorry i meant crayola
dancingcub6 years ago
This is a great project, I have done it in the past with my after school program. I just want to note that not all crayons are made of wax, some are plastic, which could be why you had some that didn't melt. Good instructions!
You can make out whether they are plastic by scraping them and colouring with them. Also they are oil pastels which are also similar. They would cumbust and expand.
Lance Mt.6 years ago
Ok i'd just like to make it clear that, I'm 13 (14 in a month or so) and i'm LOVING this idea, I'm waiting for my tank/rocket/aeroplane/spaceship/ships (withguns and stuff) to set. THANKY YOU!
Well I'm 17 and I love this idea. But you might not want to leave the crayon wrapper in the can.
Cheers, i didn't think it was from the start, so i didn't. My old ones didn't have em on to start with!
I'ma draw with a reused crayon!
typedink6 years ago
Why would you not take the wrappers off before melting them? I'm confused. But great idea! I might give it a go sometime.
Plasmana6 years ago
Wow! That is an really clever idea! I might make some of those from my brother and sisters...
awang86 years ago
Hey, this is really cool! But wouldn't it be easier to cut the caps with a cap opener?
awang8 awang86 years ago
I mean cans with a can opener
Wafflicious6 years ago
I love magic!
Those are sooo cute!
mayamay6 years ago
Love it!!!
arentnancy6 years ago
This is a great way to use up those leftover crayons. Some crayons have more clay added for strength and some have more wax and less color, not all crayons are created equal, so that's why they do different things when melting. Personally, I think crayons are related to wire coat hangers - leave them alone and they multiply....
pitoncha6 years ago
Good idea!!! i love it, thanksss
mmh6 years ago
Very clever and thrifty! Not to mention a nice looking product afterwards. Do you think you need to add something to make them less edible looking? I guess one bite would deter them.
Nettiemac mmh6 years ago
Not really - I used to eat crayons, and paper for that matter, when I was younger. Loved the texture of the wax for some reason - I have since grown out of it. grin.
SomArtMama (author)  Nettiemac6 years ago
I never ate them but I love the smell of them. It is childhood.
Shane11636 years ago
wouldn't it just be easier 2 cut the labels off B4 melting them?? LOL
SomArtMama (author)  Shane11636 years ago
I think it is six of one. I don't like to get the wrappers up under my fingernails, personal weirdness, so I would rather fish them out. The wrappers also make for lots of bits of paper if my girls are even willing to remove them. I like the crayons from pre school cause most of the wrapper are already removed by unknown small folks.
BrookeAH6 years ago
I love this! I work in a kindergarten class and can't wait to get the broken crayons!
inquisitive6 years ago
Excellent, I had a teacher that would take some of every color and pour them into muffin cups for rainbow crayons. A use for the wrappers-I saw packages of melted out crayon wrappers sold as fundraisers as fire starters/kindling.
SomArtMama (author)  inquisitive6 years ago
That is a great idea, with the wrappers. I don't start too many fires but my mom has a wood burning stove and that would be a fun gift.
Also, fun for camping if having a fire in a safe setting, of course. I just like the nothing wasted part of it as well. Nice iBle by the way, excellent using cans so you don't ruin pans to melt it all.
I love the idea of using the candy molds! great idea :) And your 'instructions for use' are adorable ...
DaniaWania6 years ago
omg!! i am so gonna do this with my baby sisters.. with their tonnes of tiny broken crayons lol.
mg0930mg6 years ago
There was another like this! They're both cool though. I have a wax melt and pour. I might do this monday.
Chicken22096 years ago
Using the cans to melt them is such a good idea! :D
=SMART=6 years ago
Hey Those look fantastic !! Great photos too !
stinkymum6 years ago
I love it!
fwjs286 years ago
wow! thats really cool....5/5