Glitter Heart Recycled Crayons

recycled crayon favors for frozen themed  partyMy daughter like so many other young kids loves the movie Frozen. These DIY recycled crayons were inspired by the movie and the frozen heart that gets unfrozen by true love. This post is not at all sponsored by or affiliated with by Disney. It is simply a spin on a craft we’ve made before inspired by our favorite movie.  What I like about making crayons is that the finished product is a huge motivator for drawing and writing. Children are proud of what they’ve made and that motivates them to use the new writing tool.

Gather your materials. You will need some crayons in icy colors like white, grey, blue and teal. Silver and blue glitter, a silicone heart shaped pan and plain cookie sheet, and 2 containers to hold the broken crayons and paper.

Have your child sort through crayons to find the colors.sparkly heart recycled crayons

Peel the paper off. This is fantastic fine motor work so let them go to town on this step. Pop the crayons in one cup and the paper in the other.frozen inspired crayons for kids

Shake some glitter into the heart shaped pan.  Add the broken crayons and then add some more glitter.frozen heart recycled glitter crayons

Set your oven to 250 and pop the pan on a cookie sheet and into the oven. Turn the oven light on and watch the crayons melt. They shouldn’t smoke at this temp but every oven is different please watch the crayons the whole time.recycled frozen heart crayons for kids

Once melted take out and let cool.frozen heart recycled crayons for little hands

Pop out !

heart shaped crayons

Add the new crayons to your writing center, use for party favors, or just a fun add on to your box of crayons.

 

 

 

 

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Free Art Friday !

Recycled Crayons

Free Art or Open Ended Art is crucial! Kids need to be able to have no boundaries and simply create. I get asked often how I schedule my son’s learning and really I don’t have a strict schedule.  We play and the learning comes from that most of the time- I throw in crafts every second day or so and we read all the time. Crayons, markers, paper and stickers are always available for easy creations. Today we didn’t make a craft we made the materials,  recycled crayons. It’s easy and fun. You may notice a change in my son from the making to the using, we popped out and got a hair cut, and sucker !

  1. Gather your materials. You need orange crayons, a single black crayon, muffin tin and non stick spray.Recycled Crayons
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 250.
  3. Peel the paper off your crayons.
  4. Break your orange crayons into little pieces, easily the favorite step for my son.Recycled Crayons
  5. Pop them into the greased muffin tin.Recycled Crayons
  6. Into the oven it took about 10 minutes to melt. While it melts, peel and break the black crayon into small bits.
  7. Add small bits of the black crayons to the orange. I tried to make a face but it didn’t work- you could use shavings and place them as the crayons are cooling.Recycled Crayons 003
  8. Pop back into the oven for a few minutes.
  9. Swirl the wax and let cool.
  10. Tip if the crayons aren’t releasing from the muffin tin , put them in the freezer for a few minutes and they will pop right off.Recycled Crayons
  11. Now it’s time for fun – use the crayons for some free art! My son was excited to use the crayons HE made ! Recycled Crayons
  12. If you can’t tell that is a pumpkin and goblin eating a string cheese.  As per my son’s explanation! Have fun !Recycled Crayons

Sun Melted Recycled Crayons

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I have made recycled crayons before – and I got a little addicted to doing them and made a million for Christmas presents but yesterday was the first time I did it without using an oven. The heatwave on the west coast was in full swing and I decided to try something new… and it worked!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some crayons, aluminum foil, cookie cutters, a paper plate and a very hot sunny spot.
  2. Start by peeling and breaking your crayons into small pieces. I left some chunky bits because it was well over 100 and figured it would be fine, if the day was cooler I’d used shavings to melt faster.
  3. Cover the plate in aluminum foil
  4. Place the plate with the cookie cutters in a sunny spot
  5. Add the broken crayons
  6. Wait- in 100+ heat this took an hour to melt, but I had lots of really big pieces.
  7. Yay they melted!
  8. Let cool inside, then pop out of the cookie cutters. Mine slid right out, I just broke off the little bit of extra that slipped out on the bottom.
  9. Color on scrap paper for a truly eco friendly activity!
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Recycled Crayons with Vehicle Themed Candy Molds

 

candy mold crayons for kids

In preparation for my son’s 2nd birthday , I have been playing around with making fun loot bag gifts. Here is my favorite so far, candy mold recycled crayons. Super easy to make, kids love to use them to color and a huge bonus being that my son who eats every art supply under the sun seems to leave these alone!

  1. 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 Micheal’s for less than $2 !
  2. Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin .
  3. Melt. I used paper liners but the no pan needed liners are the best.
  4. 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.
  5. Pop out of the mold.
  6. Get drawing !