What do you do with all those broken crayons? Melt them and turn them into party favors or Valentine’s Day treats! Learn how to make easy DIY crayons that you can customize for any occasion.
Date nights around here usually involve the local pizza place, a kids’ menu, and a packet of crayons.
I have a love/hate relationship with crayons. On the one hand, they entertain my kids while we wait for dinner. On the other hand, they roll on the floor, or between the sticky vinyl booth seat and the wall, and then end up in a child’s pocket.
Once in a child’s pocket, they end up in the laundry.
And let me tell you, you do not want crayons in your dryer.
After a horrid dryer incident a few weeks ago, I rounded up all the broken or cheap restaurant crayons and set out to make some DIY crayons as little Valentine’s Day treats for my kids’ classrooms. They also make great party favors.
How to Make DIY Crayons
Making your own crayons is a great project to do with your kids. That is until they realize that it actually takes some time to do. This is an easy craft project but set aside an hour or two and learn from my mistakes.
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Peel, Crack, and Sort
The most time-consuming (and strangely therapeutic) part of making DIY crayons is peeling away the wrappers. Sure, there were plenty of crayons already undressed by my daughter, but we – or really, I – had to remove wrappers from several others in order to have enough for the project.
At this point, my son abandoned the project in favor of a Perler bead creation, which is also tedious but apparently more interesting.
Tip: Try carefully slicing the paper with a craft knife or soaking the crayons in warm water to loosen the paper. Otherwise, you will have crayon jammed under your fingernails for the rest of the day.
Next, crack the crayons into smaller pieces and sort them any way you like. We chose to sort them by color groups: red/orange/yellow, blue/green/teal, pink/purple, black/brown/white/gray/peach.
Ready to release all your frustrations? Grab a meat tenderizer and prepare to pulverize some crayons!
My method: Place the crayons on a cutting board, cover the crayons with plastic wrap, and go to town on them with the tenderizer.
Better method: Put the crayons in a zip-lock bag before you smash them, because
- The bag will eliminate all possibility of tiny crayon bits flying around your kitchen.
- Crayon bits will not be permanently embedded in your cutting board.
Set your oven to 230F, and while it’s heating up pour your crayon bits into a silicone baking mold. Be sure to leave a little space at the top to avoid overflow, then bake the crayons for about 15 minutes until they are totally melted.
Tip: Place the mold on a cookie sheet before you put it in the oven so that it will be easier to remove (silicone pans are wobbly!).
Set the mold on a wire rack and let your DIY crayons cool for about 45 minutes. Make sure that they are completely cool and hard before you remove them from the mold.
The easiest way to remove the crayons is to peel the mold away from the crayon.
The back of the crayons will be rough around the edges when you remove them from the mold, so rub them on a piece of paper to create a finished look.
Share or Keep
DIY crayons make great non-candy party favors or Valentine’s Day treats! Silicone molds come in so many different shapes, so you’re sure to find one that matches your party’s theme or holiday. Here are a few ideas:
So next time your kids get a crayon packet at a restaurant, save it for another day when you can transform it into fun DIY crayons!
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