Monday, November 24, 2008

Making homemade crayons

This was taken after all of the broken crayons came out of the container.

Our chunck crayons

I had heard of this wonderful idea for broken crayons so we started saving any and all broken crayons for the past year by now we had a large container of broken crayons and we were just waiting to melt them down and make some new ones. We finally had the time and they turned out so cute! I need to get some different molds for the next time. This time the only molds we had were fish, octopus, and turtles but they were still cute and the kids loved making them. We also found that if you melt a metallic crayon in with a color it gives a pretty shimmer to your crayons.

To make CHUNK crayons

All we did was take the paper off the crayons and boy did that take a long time, then we separated them by color into a muffin tin for "chunk" crayons (we use these for rubbings) then popped them in a 350 degree oven and waited for the crayons to melt. Once they were melted we pulled them out and put them in the fridge to harden and then popped them out of the muffin pan.

To make a molded crayon

I just melted all of the same color family in a glass measuring cup in the oven on 350 degrees and waited for them to melt and then pulled it out and stirred it a couple of times with a popsicle stick and then poured them into candy molds let them dry and started over with a new color. We did try melting them in the microwave at first but it didn't work as well as the oven.


Christy R said...

How fun! We'll have to do that sometime although it would take us a while to save up broken crayons since the girls usually prefer markers!

It's also fun to put a piece of paper on an old pancake griddle turned on low heat & color. The crayons melt as you create!

Debbie said...

What a great idea! The shapes are so cute. My kids would love them.

The Flirtation Experiment-book review and giveaway

About the authors:  Lisa Jacobson  is an author, a podcaster, and the founder of, an online community of Christian women aut...