Introduction: ReUse ReMake Crayons

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

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.

Step 2: Sort the Crayons

This is the only step kids can help with. I tend to add a bit of color theory into this step. Asking questions like:
What 2 color crayons will mix together to make green?
If we mix red with white what color will we get?

You may want to remove the wrappers. I did not, so I had to fish them out of the melted wax. It is kinda six of one. If your helpers are game, I would remove the wrappers as you sort.

Step 3: Water Bath

Place the aluminum cans full of crayons into an old pan that has about an inch of water in it. If the cans do not have very much in them, they will float. This is a bit of a pain but the crayons inside will still melt.

The wax will get very hot, you never heat wax directly on the stove.

Step 4: Waiting

The crayons will melt at different rates, the yellow and brown melted first. Some of the inexpensive crayons never melted. You just have o fish them out or work around them.

Step 5: Ready to Pour

Before you pour the new crayons you need to remove most of the wrappers. I slide the dowel rod into the wrapper (it maintains it shape) and pull it out. I keep a piece of paper under the wrapper as I move it to the trash, this catches the drips. The drips are a pain to clean up.

Step 6: Pour

Lay out some paper and put your mold on top of the paper. Pinch a pour spout into the top of the can, use your dowel rod or stir stick to hold back any clumps of unmelted crayons. Carefully pour into the candy molds. The cans are not hot at all, but the wax it.

Step 7: Pretty Messy

The wax drips so be make sure you covered your work space.

Step 8: Freeze Me

If you need the molds fast to do you next batch put them in the freezer for about 5 minutes. The new crayons will pop right out.

Step 9: Extra Extra

If I have some extra color after I finish the pretty molds, I put in into the ice cube tray. I use these with my children to make texture rubbings or I save them for our next melt and pour.

Step 10: All Done

Your pretty little crayons are now ready for packaging. I often enclose instructions for use like this:

Happy Valentine's Day
These cute shapes are really crayons , SO DON"T EAT THEM!
It is time for an adventure in texture.
Ask an adult for some paper.
Take your paper and your new crayons outside and look for something with texture in it.
What is texture? Something you can feel! Something bumpy or lumpy.
Lay your paper down on the texture and rub the flat side of your new crayon over it.
Magic, the texture appears on your piece of paper.
Once you have collected a couple of textures you can take them inside and create a new artwork with them. Have fun.