It is my 4-year-old daughter’s first year in preschool, which means it’s the first time she gets to hand out Valentine’s Day gifts. After a considerable amount of searching for suitable craft ideas (since that’s much more fun than buying something pre-made from the store), I came across this excellent DIY crayon recycling project.
We found this to be an awesome idea because it accomplishes several goals all at once:
• It’s a creative idea for kids to hand to her classmates that doesn’t involve more sugar;
• This is a craft the kids will love and definitely use (the hearts are the perfect size for their little hands); and
• You have a great use for all the broken home crayons and “leftover restaurant” crayons. Surely, I’m not the only one who feels bad that those three or four free crayons will just be thrown away after the kids have barely used them.
Of course, the greatest part of this DIY project, especially for this non-crafty, wanna-be-crafty mom, is that it was so easy!
• Broken/unwanted crayons
• Silicone cookie/candy mold and/or Non-stick cookie/candy mold
• Cutting board
Step 1: Gather all the broken crayons lying around the house
Much to my daughter's chagrin this can prove to be quite the treasure hunt!
Step 2: Peel the paper from the crayons
All of it. No exceptions.
Step 3: Chop the crayons into smaller pieces
The smaller pieces allows for more mixing of the new crayons you are creating. You could break the crayons, but since we were working with quite a few crayons, I opted for having my little one watch while I did some chopping.
Step 4: Divide the crayons into the molds
We had a silicon mold and a shaped muffin tin mold and you don't need to worry about greasing up the molds because the crayons will just pop out when cooled. You'll probably want to pay close attention to which crayons you mix together to ensure the colors don’t blend towards a muddy brown. We tried to keep complimenting colors with one another (like pink, orange, and red) so even if it did all blend together, you'd at least have a variety of hues.