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Cool craft: Turn old crayons into fun, colorful shapes

Jenn Kirk is a graphic designer by trade, but enjoys escaping the computer by developing hands-on DIY projects, especially the messy kind that involves her four and six-year-old boys. Recent transplants from coastal California, the Kirks...

DIY crayon fun kids (and you!) will love

Our art bin had been accumulating broken, blunt and forgotten crayons for some time. There was the small quandary of deciding to dump them in the trash (wasteful) or hang on to them with the hopes of my boys coming around to working with stubby pieces (unlikely).

After chancing on some neat, one-dollar ice cube molds at Ikea, I started thinking that repurposing the crayons into fun shapes would breathe new life into those misfit pieces. The crayon shapes ended up being a hit with my boys. These crayons were so cheap and easy to make, they'd be great stocking stuffers for kids!

DIY crayons -- supplies

Supplies:

  • Crayons
  • Flexible molds/ice cube trays
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cookie sheet

Instructions:

1

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200° F. Next, work on peeling off the paper wrappers from each crayon. Running the blade of an X-Acto knife down the length of the wrapper will help this step go quickly.

DIY crayons -- step 1

2

Step 2

Break crayons into pieces. Smaller bits will melt more quickly in the oven and will therefore have less time to run and bleed into neighboring colors. Use a kitchen knife to cut pieces down to about 1/2".

DIY crayons -- step 2

3

Step 3

Fill molds with crayon pieces. I wanted the crayons to be monochromatic, so I grouped similar colors together, graduating from dark to light, but rainbow crayons would be fun too!

DIY crayons -- step 3

Make sure to just slightly overfill each mold, as the crayons will melt down and take up less space.

DIY crayons -- step 3

4

Step 4

Place molds on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until crayons are completely melted.

DIY crayons -- step 4

5

Step 5

Very carefully, so as to not spill any melted crayon, remove cookie sheet from the oven.

DIY crayons -- step 5

6

Step 6

As the crayons cool, they will harden. To speed up the process, transfer molds into the freezer after the crayons firm up.

DIY crayons -- step

7

Step 7

After about 30 minutes, remove molds from the freezer. If the bottoms of the mold are cool, you can release the crayons from the mold by first gently pulling and stretching molds to loosen up crayons, then pushing each crayon up and out from the bottom. If the molds are still warm to the touch, return to the freezer and check again for coolness in 10 minutes.

DIY crayons -- final

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