Monday, February 22, 2010

Repurposed crayon bits

This is a fun, easy craft! If you have accumulated crayons that are worn down or broken, you can repurpose them into cute crayon shapes. First, we had to peel all of the paper off of the crayon bits (not the fun part.) Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Then we put all of the crayon bits into a ziploc bag and smashed them to pieces.

We used a silicone baking pan which worked perfectly. Laynie scooped the crayon bits into the molds until they were about 1/3 full. The more you put in, the thicker the crayon will be. Then we put them into the oven for about 12 minutes (or until melted).

This is how they looked when we took them out of the oven. Let them dry on the counter until they are hard to the touch on top (can't remember how long this took.) The dark crayon colors really overpower, so use them sparingly if possible (unless you have boys!) But when you pop them out, the front of the crayon is much more colorful.

Voila! Fun heart-shaped crayons that color in a bunch of different colors! We had originally intended to give these out to her friends for Valentine's Day (as a non-candy alternative), but ran out of time. Maybe next year!


  1. I'm glad you posted this...Ellie was trying to figure out how to mash up her crayons for an entire weekend (and I didn't really feel like thinking about it!)