If you are like me, you probably have a ton of half-used and broken crayons laying around. We recently found a way to upcycle these crayons into something new, super cool, and way more appealing to use.
Note: For more awesome arts and crafts ideas, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page.
We started with a pile of broken crayons. The first task was to peel the paper off the crayons. (Yay for authentic and motivating fine motor skills practice!)
We then placed the peeled crayons into some silicone molds. On this particular day we opted to use our LEGO silicone molds and our silicone cupcake liners.
Once we had filled our molds, we placed them on a cookie sheet and popped them into the preheated oven. (Note: It should go without saying, but this part should be done by an adult to prevent children from burning themselves on the hot oven.)
I set the oven to a fairly low temperature – only 250 degrees F – and simply kept a close eye on them to watch how long it took before they melted. But it took quite a while to melt at this temperature. So I would suggest a higher temperature – perhaps 350 degrees F – but keeping a very close eye on the crayons.
Once the crayons were sufficiently melted, I removed them from the oven and let them cool for an hour. Then we came back and popped the crayons out of the molds.
The results were super cool! We are now the proud owners of homemade LEGO-shaped crayons! 🙂
It was fun to see all the layers of colors that resulted from the melting process.
And our cupcake crayons came out with a whole swirl of different colors.
So pretty. So fun.
And a really great way to upcycle old crayons.
And if you own silicone molds, you might also enjoy making your own soap with them as well!
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- Tape resist watercolor painting
- Coffee filter art
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Upcycled crayons
- Leaf collages
- Glue monsters
- Chromatography flowers craft