If you have children living under your roof, chances are high that you may have tons of old broken crayons lying around. These forgotten about art supplies can be remade quickly and easily into brand new crayons ready to be used again. Send your child on a mission to gather them all up from between the couch cushions, art supply drawers, and desktops. Once they have been found, follow these steps to breath new life into them.
This project can also turn into a mini science lesson if your child is inclined. Take the time to talk about the states of matter: liquid, solids, and gas. Each state of matter can change into the other one by applying heat or taking it away. An ice cube is a great way to get the discussion rolling—what happens when you leave the ice in the hot sun? What happens when liquid from the ice cube goes back into the freezer? This concept of change can be applied to this craft.
Have your child think about what state the crayons are in initially (solids), then ask them to guess what might happen when you apply heat to the crayon (melts to liquid), then follow that up by seeing what happens when you put the liquid crayons into the freezer (becomes a solid). Having your child experiment while making art is a great way to get them interested in key science concepts.
If your kids are anything like mine, the second a crayon breaks or is worn down it is old news. After all, who can resist a brand new, sharp crayon? Even I can’t! Don’t let those leftover crayon pieces end up in the bottom of the craft bin or toybox. Here are eight awesome projects for kids that reuse broken crayons.
1. Give them away for Valentine’s Day
You really can’t beat saving money on Valentine’s cards AND recycling at the same time. To make this craft a bit more kid friendly, skip the knife and let the littles peel the paper from the crayons.
2. Create a shower of color
If you do a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll see so many amazing examples of melted crayons on canvas. What I love about this one is that Mom or Dad can have just as much fun on their canvas as the kids will with theirs! This particular blog takes a bit to load, but out of all of the tutorials I found, I think she does the best job. It is worth the wait!
3. Use your crayons as paint
There are plenty of examples of how to use bits of crayon as a paint, but this particular blog uses a warming tray, which seems like it would make it much easier for kids to get the hang of than the other methods I found.
4. Repurpose broken crayons into candles
The possibilities are limitless once you get the hang of how to make crayon candles. From votives to molds, you can really take what you learn in this fun tutorial and run with it!
5. Make a name for yourself
How cute would these be in a new baby’s room? This craft project is perfect for a rainy day, and so easy even the toddlers can participate. Bonus: You don’t even have to remove the paper on this one!
6. Gift them at Christmas
I plan to make some to look like planets to hang in my STEM obsessed kid’s room, but these melted crayon ornaments are sure to brighten up any holiday, whether you keep them for yourself or tie them to gifts.
7. Save them for a game of I-Spy
Do you remember those awesome tubes filled with sand and toys? I never could find everything they said was in them, and now I can give my children the same frustration with these DIY I-Spy games. Save a few of those broken crayons to add to the list of treasures to find.
8. Make old into new
If you’d like to save a few dollars on art supplies for your crew, you can always melt down those old crayon nubs into shiny new crayons. Sorting the colors is a great activity to keep little hands and minds busy, too!
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Do you have lots of crayon stubs that are too small to hold onto? Don’t throw them out. You can use them to create big, chunky crayons—and your kids can help. The process takes about 25 minutes, but it’s quite easy. Besides using them in your own home, recycled crayons make a great no-cost gift or party favor. Give them for Valentine’s Day or hand them out on Halloween as a fun alternative to candy.
Gather your broken crayons, an old muffin tin, and a knife, and you’re ready to get started.
If you don’t have a muffin tin to devote to crayon making, you can line your regular muffin tin with foil cups. You will want foil cups because the wax may stick to paper cups. You can also use candy- and soap-making molds to create fun, shaped crayons. Just make sure they’re oven-safe.
You can also try silicone molds because it’s really easy to pop the crayons out of these when they’re done and because there are so many great shapes to choose from.
Instructions for Recycling Crayons
Follow these simple steps to turn your old, broken and seemingly unusable crayons into new ones.
- Gather up all of your broken crayons; unwrap them, and cut them into small pieces. (An adult will need to do the cutting.)
- Preheat your oven to 250 F.
- Fill the cups of your muffin tin with a 1-inch-thick layer of crayon pieces. Do one color in each cup, or mix all the colors together to create rainbow crayons.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the wax has melted. Stay close by to keep an eye on things. If you detect any smoke, grab the oven mitts and take the muffin tins out of the oven.
Allow the crayons to cool and harden sufficiently, then pop them out and they’re ready to use.
More Ways to Recycle Old Crayons
Do you still have a bunch of broken crayons leftover after making recycled crayons? Use them to make candles and fire starters using either pinecones or lint. As long as you supervise, your kids can help with these, too. They can be holiday gift items for the adults in their lives.
If it’s a sunny day, try making a solar crayon candle. Just place a wick in the center of an old jar, fill it to the top with broken crayon pieces, and set it outside on a piece of aluminum foil. As the sun melts the crayons, add more, until you have enough melted crayons to fill the entire jar. Measure the diameter of your jar to figure out what size wick you need. If you use the wrong size wick, it won’t burn properly.
If you don’t have wicks on hand, you can buy them inexpensively in bulk at a craft store on online and use them for various candle-making and related projects in the future.
Got lots of tidbits of crayons kicking around your house? I know we do. Got me thinking what else we could do with them besides tossing them. Waste not want not right? So, I set off to find some things to do with crayons and came up with some fantastic ones. See if any of these projects would work at your house. I know my kids are excited about them!
Amazing and Fun Things to Do with Crayons Everyone Will Love
1. Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt. I have never heard of this before. It would be fun to do for a birthday party or cousin camp!
2. 2 Ingredient Crayon Lipgloss. A great way to get lots of colors for super cheap!
3. DIY Crayon Candles. These are beautiful! Great step by step instructions too!
4. Melted Crayon Dot Art. This takes a little work and patience, but oh so amazing when done!
5. Melted Crayon Canvas Art. A great tutorial for a super fun project!
6. Crayon Drip Pumpkin DIY. Or do the same concept on a Pumpkin for a unique way to decorate!
7. Melted Crayon Ornament. Looks like a great way to get some inexpensive and unique tree ornaments!
8. Hot Crayon Gun. This one will definitely be adults only but how cool is this idea?
9. Crayon Wreath. Would make a great teacher gift or a fun way to celebrate back to school at your own house!
10. Batik Fabric with Crayons. A great vintage craft with great instructions!
11. Crayon Shaving Hearts. I remember doing this as a kid, do you?
12. Crayon Picture Frame. This would look great in any classroom! What teacher wouldn’t love this?
13. Melted Crayon Easter Eggs. We used to do these too when I was a kid! Super fun!
14. Recycled Crayon Art. So fun for the kids and looks great!
15. Homemade Crayons. Put these in the oven and you’ve got a great way to reuse those broken bits!
16. Crayon Etching on Metal Tins. These would make great presents for a loved one! Super cute!
17. Crayon Scratch Art. Can’t go wrong with some crayons and a little paint! Love this project!
18. Crayon Hot Rocks. This would be fun at a party, just be careful they are hot!
19. DIY Wax Paper Lantern. This would even make a great night light for a child’s bedroom!
20. Crayon Resist Autumn Leaf Rubbings. A great educational project for the kids!
I’m excited to try out these projects and things to do with crayons! Which is your favorite?
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While getting supplies ready for my child this new school year I discovered we had hundreds of pieces of broken crayons, and I knew there had to be a way to reuse old crayons. My child wanted a fresh box while we were organizing for back to school, but we didn’t want these old bits and pieces to go to waste either. So, we decided to find some ways to breathe some new life into these crayons. Plus this idea helps me organize my kids craft supplies. Below, you will find five ways to reuse old crayons yourself! Don’t toss those tiny broken bits and pieces. Instead, give these simple and inexpensive ways to reuse old crayons a try and see how easy it is to make them new again!
5 Of The Best Ways to Reuse Old Crayons For Back To School
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1. Play a color sorting game.
Classification and color identification are important skills. Take a muffin tin or ice cube tray and let your child sort the bits of crayons by color. It may be easier to do this activity if the paper is removed from all of the bits first. Little fingers are perfect for this so give that job to your child to do. You can even time them and see how long it takes them to sort the colors if you wish. You can also me it into a counting game!
2. Make crayon shaving art.
Take your crayons and twist them through a pencil sharpener or cheese grater. The bigger boxes of crayons have a sharpener built in! Gather all of the colorful shavings to use for your art. You can draw people and glue the shavings on as hair. Or, make colorful shavings flowers on paper. The variety of colors all look magical together, so get creative. Here is another way that you can make art with the shavings with a hot iron.
3. Create fun shaped crayons.
Take metal candy molds and place a few tiny crayon bits in each. Place in the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until melted. Allow the wax to cool and pop out the wax when done. Your finished product is a colorful and whimsical crayon in the shape of the candy mold. How cool is that?
4. Make crayon infused watercolors.
Peel the paper off of your crayon pieces. Soak peeled crayons in warm water for up to an hour. You can soak one color per cup of water in order to create a palette of various hues. Give your child a paintbrush once the water has turned the color of the color of the crayon bit and start painting. Your colors will be light and airy!
5. Make melted crayon art.
Place crayon bits (peeled) on a piece of canvas. Using a blow dryer heat up the bits, allowing them to melt and spread all over the canvas. Allow to dry well before touching. The finished product is a colorful and abstract piece of artwork that is one of a kind. Check out step by step directions here.
Chances are, you won’t have to look far for a handful of colorful crayons bits. Dig yours out and give some of these ideas a try. They are a great way to repurpose old ones that were otherwise destined for the trash. You might want to buy new crayons for the upcoming school year, but don’t forget these tips if you need some ideas for what to do with the old. Do you have any ideas on ways to reuse old crayons? We’d love to hear them!
Looking for more great ways to repurpose items for back to school? Check out our 5 Upcycled Lunch Ideas!
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Easy, albeit not fast, way to turn broken, languishing crayons into a new art supply for coloring creatives of any age. You don’t have any broken crayons? Sure you do, look in the bottom of that crayon box or help clean out a church basement, or a classroom or ask neighbors in your Buy Nothing group. I also save crayons from restaurants but a word of caution that they do not melt the same as Crayola (more on this at the end).
- Broken crayons
- Craft knife/blade
- Mold (e.g. silicon candy/ice mold)
- Baking sheet, foil
- Sort your crayons by color (if you like, it is really satisfying) groups.
- Remove the labels from crayons. I found it quickest to use a craft knife to cut a slit down the label to remove paper. Others use a bowl of warm water.
- Heat your oven to between 200-225 F.
- Break the crayons into bits that will fit in the mold.
- Put broken crayon pieces into the mold. Have fun making up color combinations or using all the same color. You will want to fill up the mold above the top edge as the crayons will melt down.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place the mold with crayons on top of sheet and place in the heated oven.
- Melting time will vary but I found it to be right around 20 minutes. set your time and check in on them at 18 minutes 🙂 I melted mine completely but did not let them stay on the oven any extra time to avoid dyes separating and/or colors all blending together.
- Remove the baking sheet and mold from oven. Place mold on a cooling rack and let it cool down at room temp. Don’t rush removing them from the molds as it can leave finger prints or marks. I did put my mold into the fridge after cooling down at room temp for about 30 minutes to speed it along as I just had the one gem shaped mold. They pop right out with a quick twist.
Chunky, recycled crayons are awesome for making rubbings using surfaces and textures around the house, leaves/nature bits, gravestones or official rubbing plates like those by Roylco or fashion plates (hello 80s!) Each scribble or line with the crayon will reveal new colors. I listed some extra tubs of coloring gems in my Etsy shop too!
Notes and Tips
- Using the craft knife to remove labels generates flakes/crumbs/bits so do this over a piece of paper or container. Save them!
- I did put some thought into how I paired up my colors – mix and match with the color wheel in mind (orange and blue, yellow and purple), mother earth (greens and blues), shades of pinks (that magenta!) or all the beautiful skin tones.
- Put the crayon crumbs from the label-removal step in the bottom of mold and layer white or gray crayons on top (other colors didn’t work as well) for a rainbow speckled crayon.
- The crayons did stain the mold after many batches, so plan to keep it dedicated to crafts.
- If you are using a muffin tin or doughnut pan, grease the pan first with shortening before putting the crayons pieces in.
- Crayon selection and brands: I will not wax on (haha) about the virtues or dangers of this wax over that wax used to make crayons (the internet will tell you whatever you want/need to hear). I will say that the ‘cheaper crayons’ handed out by restaurants etc usually have lower quality wax, pigments etc and they won’t melt the same and the colors may separate, be less pigmented etc. You can mix them in with Crayola’s, just not too much or you will have a bunch of uncolored wax on the top of the crayon and sad blah color on the bottom. TLDR – stick with mostly one crayon brand or type for this project.
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So many times kids don’t use broken crayons and they go into the trash. But do you know your kid can make a classic piece of art from these broken crayons? Check out our this article that how your kid can turn broken crayons into an art. We have some cool craft ideas for kids to do as they are easy and colourful. So instead of chucking them and starting over with a new pack, check out these 5 ways to reuse them and create something awesome.
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How to Reuse Old Broken Crayons
1. DIY Key chain
- Empty charm
- Crayon colours
- Transparent nail polish
How to make a key chain using Crayons
1. Take an empty charm and some crayon colours.
2. Break crayon colours into pieces and put them into an empty charm.
3. Bake this at 150 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes.
4. Once it is done, do one coat of transparent nail polish on the charm.
5. DIY keychain is ready
2. DIY wall hangings
- Crayon colours
- Wax paper
- Hole punch
How to make DIY wall Hangings-
- Take a wax paper and grate crayon colours on it properly.
- Now, fold the wax paper and iron it. All the crayon colour will melt under the wax paper and stick to it.
- Cut the wax paper in any shape
- Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of this paper
- Put them strings in it and hang them on the wall
3. DIY shape crayons
- Any shape mould
- Crayon colours
How to make DIY Shape Crayons-
- Take any shape mould and put all colours in the mould
- Bake them at 150 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes and shaped crayons are ready
4. DIY T-shirt design
- Wax paper
- Crayon colours
How to make DIY T-shirt design–
- Take sandpaper and draw any character on it using crayon colours
- Now, put cardboard under the T-shirt and sandpaper on the above side of the T-shirt. The character drawing will face towards Tshirt. Put wax paper on it and iron the wax paper
- The character will print on the t-shirt
4.DIY T-shirt is ready
5. DIY candle making
- Paper Coffee cup
- Crayon colours
How to make DIY Candle-
- Take a paper coffee cup and stand a candle wick in it.
- Put some broken crayon colours
- Microwave it until melted
- Put in fridge until solidified
- Remove the cup with the help of a cutter
1. Recycled Chunky Crayons: Take those old broken crayons and turn them into one big beautiful crayon with this easy tutorial.
2. 2 Ingredient Crayon Lipgloss: All you need for this fun lip gloss from MomDot is coconut oil and old crayons.
3. Recycled Long Crayons: Natural Thrifty shows us how to turn old crayons into new ones.
4. DIY Crayon Heart Garland: Craft and hang this DIY crayon garland from Evermine Blog in your home.
5. Color Block Candles: How pretty are these color block candles from Brit+Co? Can’t wait to try this craft.
6. Recycled Alphabet Crayons: Spell out fun words with these easy-to-make recycled alphabet crayons from One Charming Party.
7. Marbled Easter Eggs: Get your Easter crafting going with this pretty marbled Easter egg tutorial from The Thrifty Couple.
8. Rainbow Melted Crayon Art: This art project is SUPER fun and so colorful! Get the instructions from 52 Kitchen Adventures.
9. Crayon Stained “Glass”: Add old crayons to wax paper and you end up with pretty stained glass art! This kids craft is from Creative Mama.
10. Melted Crayons on Canvas: Your kids will love creating this art project from The Artful Parent with melted crayons.
11. DIY Rainbow Crayons: I love these colorfully stacked rainbow crayons from Momtastic! Super cute.
12. Striped Crayon Candles: Decorate your home with these cute crayon candles from Adventures in Making.
13. Sun Catchers: Catch the sun through the windows with these crafty crayon sun catchers from The Suburban Mom.
14. Melted Crayon Dot Art: How fun and different is the texture of this melted crayon art? Visit Pieces by Polly for the tutorial.
15. Quiet Bottle: Use old crayons, water, and a plastic bottle to keep your kids engaged! Get the instructions from Dr. Jean.
16. DIY Crayon Drip Holiday Ornaments: These crayon drip ornaments from The Swell Designer make perfect gifts for the holidays.
17. Crayon Play Dough: Get the recipe for this colorful fun playdough from Sugar Aunts.
18. Painting with Melted Crayons: Get your family together to paint with melted crayons! This fun art project is from Gathering Beauty.
19. Fun Crayon Wands: Color beautiful pictures with these DIY crayon wands from Kids Activities Blog.
20. DIY Makeup with Crayons: Make your own makeup with old crayons lying around your house! Rayas Blog has the details.
21. Carved Crayons: Check out these super cool carved crayons from The Daily Dot! Love this idea.
22. Crayon Lipstick: Give lots of kisses with this DIY crayon lipstick! Get the easy tutorial from Glitter Mint.
23. Stained Glass Stars: Make these pretty stained glass stars from Because I Don’t Scrapbook with your kids and hang them in your windows.
24. Crayon Lipstick: This crayon lipstick from Instructables is non-toxic, easy to make, and super pretty.
25. Crayon Crafts for Kids: These crayon crafts are perfect for leftover old crayons! Both of these crafts from Rusty and Rosy are easy and kid-friendly.
26. Crayon Heart Pencil Toppers: Top pencils with these cute and crafty crayon hearts from Skip to my Lou.
27. Colorful Easter Eggs: Make a beautiful Easter centerpiece with these melted crayon Easter Eggs from Jenna Burger.
Have fun using up all of your old broken crayons with these 27 projects!
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