Recycled Chunky Crayons

Recycled Chunky Crayons

With three daughters I’ve gathered a lot of crayons over the last 6 years. They often break, get chewed or just go missing around the house. I have been collecting these little pieces waiting for an opportunity to make some chunky crayons out of broken pieces by melting them together. The idea had occurred to me once when we left some crayons outside after a drawing session. Living in Sydney’s west it gets very hot (today it’s 36°C) and when I went outside the next day I found them in big melted mess. A pretty mess but still a mess. When I saw this blog I thought what a great idea.

making chunky recycled crayons

So here is how to make them: –

  • Gather all your broken crayons and take all the paper off the outside of them
  • Next break any larger pieces up into smaller ones. Arrange the colours however you like in a small ovenproof muffin tray. I tried a few different ones but did a big batch using yellow, green, blue and pink
  • Pre-heat your oven to 250°
  • Bake them until melted which is about 10 minutes but keep an eye on them as mine melted a bit quicker

recycled kids crayon pieces

Once they are cool remove them from the tray by tapping them out. If the tops are a bit messy like mine were just use a vegetable peeler to smooth the rough tops off them and you’re all done.

colourful recycled crayons

Next give them to your little one with some paper to try out!

Recycled chunky crayons

Looks like she likes them!

It’s too hot to use an oven today but maybe you could just leave them outside to melt it’s so hot!

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