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
• Knife
• 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! 
<p>These turned out so cute, and simple enough for the kids to do! They loved creating each individual design, for each kid in their class ( and a few for home too). Now, we want/need more used crayons...took five years of saving old crayons :( We want to do it again!!</p>
<p>Great idea!!!!</p>
This is brilliant! Thank you!
That is an awesome idea I'll try it this year
Thanks for the tips - I will definitely have to try them out next time!
I think this is a wonderful idea.. I've never thought that crayons can be re-made like soaps and candles.. <br>This weekend, I'll let my kids make their own new crayons !
Hello Bouncey, <br> Our family loves to make these crayons. We have found that soaking the crayons in cool water will help get all of the paper off. Some Crayons have paper that gets really stuck on. We have also used glitter. The super fine works well but the bigger stuff not so much. You also have to kind of coat the crayons otherwise the glitter ends up in one spot. I dip the crayon in warm water for just a few seconds then roll in glitter. Good luck and Great instructable.

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