DIY: Make New Crayons Out of Broken Ones

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make new crayons out of broken ones

I’ve been in an organizing mood lately. As I have time, I have been trying to sort through the different nooks and crannies of my house to declutter.

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While going through my kids art items, my daughter and I managed to scrape up this many broken crayons. Yikes! I can’t get myself to throw them out knowing that I can make new crayons out of broken ones, so that’s just what we did.

First you need to make sure there are no pieces of paper still on the crayons. This made  a great job for my daughter. She loves peeling the paper off of crayons. Don’t ask me why.

Next, you take the crayons and break them into smaller pieces and put them into a muffin tin. Sort them by color or mix them all up. Have fun with it. You can use cupcake wrappers if you have them. I was totally out, so we just went with a bare pan. I recommend spraying a bit of cooking spray to get the crayons out easier when you are done. When you are ready, place them in the oven at about 300 degrees for 15 minutes or until melted.

When the crayons are melted, they will look like this. They will need at least an hour to cool off, or you can stick them in the freezer on a flat surface to speed up the process.

When they are cool, you can take the crayons out. If they don’t pop right out, you can carefully go around the edges with a knife. Once they’re out, you’re ready to roll. Give them to the kids, give them away as gifts or whatever. Happy crayon recycling!


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