Make your own crayons
- Gather your materials. You will need some crayons ( about 4-5 per mold), an oven , disposable muffin liners, and a candy mold. I bought this candy mold from Micahel’s for less than $2 !
- Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin .
- Pour into the mold and let sit for an hour or until it’s cool. I used a cookie rack under the mold to keep it stable.
- Pop out of the mold.
- Get drawing !
Recycled crayons are fun to make and you don’t need any fancy molds for these! I decided to take advantage of the back to school prices on crayons and make a fun Halloween treat for my son, using recyclable juice boxes for a mold! Here is how I did it. Oh and you could do this technique with any colors . These chunky crayons are great for toddlers and who doesn’t need more stuff for their toddlers to do?
- Gather your materials. You will need crayons, some disposable tin foil muffin liners, a pan, some sparkles if desired , a juice box and your oven.
- Set your oven to 250 degrees or lower.
- Peel off any paper on the crayons you are using. I am using 6 orange and 3 black crayons.
- Break the crayons into smaller pieces and place them in the foil muffin liners- or a small over safe container you don’t mind getting wax all over.
- Pop them into your oven and watch carefully, they melt fast.
- Cut the top off the empty juice box.
- Once the wax is melted, pour one muffin liner full of orange wax into the juice box , put it in the fridge to solidify.
- If using sparkles pour them into the black wax now, stir and pop the pan back in the oven .
- When the wax is set in the juice box, repeat with the black wax, then the 2nd layer of orange.
- Let sit until completely dry.
- Cut the juice box and peel off the crayon.
- Color using this fun new crayon.
- Gather your materials. You will need an Oven set at 275* , a muffin tin, with liners, and all those old broken crayons we all have laying about. New ones would work too!
- Line your muffin tin with paper liners, and about half full with the crayon bits.
- Bake for about 8 minutes, watch them closely because they melt fast.
- Take them out of the oven once they are melted and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Remove the liners and get coloring! If they break put them aside and do it again!
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