DIY: Fun Shaped Restored Crayons

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Fun Shaped Restorable Crayons

I’m sure we’ve all been there, you used a crayon so much that its next stop is pretty much the garbage.

This DIY: Fun Shaped Restored Crayons project is a way to restore old, used, non fuctional crayons while having fun doing it! 

This project is perfect for a rainy days with the kids or even as party favors.  To learn how to make these Fun Shaped Restored Crayons, just follow these simple steps below!

What you will need:

broken crayons (you will need a good amount to fill the tins with)

a bunch of disposable baking tins from the dollar store

(1) silicone fun shaped ice cube tray

an oven

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1. Unwrap all the crayons that will be used in this project. All crayons must be completely un-wrapped.  Snap crayons into quarters, if not fully broken yet. (Note: Do NOT place crayons in your silicone tray yet, I just did that for the photo).

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Step 2.  In individual disposable metal tin pans, place the broken crayons in each tin.  Using a muffin tin is okay, but it will not allow you to transfer the melted crayons to the silicone fun shaped trays once you are done melting the crayons. The crayons would have to cool as is, resulting in just curcular shaped discs, but thats okay too!

Note:  I find it very helpful to use a bunch of disposable oven tins from the dollar store to reduce clean up and to avoid ruining good pans.

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3. Place in the oven at 275°-300° °F.  Keep trays in the oven until the crayons have fully melted. Once the crayons are completely melted, very carefully remove the tins out of the oven, gently mix the melted crayons to get any bubbles out, and to swirl your colors together, then immediately (and carefully) pour into molds. I’ve found that using disposable tins also helps best with this process because you can form a spout with the tin for easy pouring.

*Using a silicone ice-cube tray mold (this ones from Ikea for $1.99), is the best way to go when doing a project like this. The crayons are much easier to pop out of the mold without breakage.

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4. Allow at least a half hour for the crayons to completely cool.  Once cooled, carefully pop the crayons out of the mold and smooth around the edges.

5.  Use & Enjoy!

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Happy Saturday!

- J

Comments

  1. What fun, I love it!

  2. What fun, I love it!

  3. What fun, I love it!

  4. momoftwosalums says:

    Great idea!

  5. I did this for my daughter with her old broken crayons. I just did the first step and melted them in muffin tins but will have to try transferring them to a cute mold next time. So neat!

  6. I did this for my daughter with her old broken crayons. I just did the first step and melted them in muffin tins but will have to try transferring them to a cute mold next time. So neat!

  7. I did this for my daughter with her old broken crayons. I just did the first step and melted them in muffin tins but will have to try transferring them to a cute mold next time. So neat!

  8. such a great idea!

  9. This is a great idea! I don’t have many crayons laying around (no kiddos in my house) but I’ll pass this along to my friends!

  10. This is a great idea! I don’t have many crayons laying around (no kiddos in my house) but I’ll pass this along to my friends!

  11. This is a great idea! I don’t have many crayons laying around (no kiddos in my house) but I’ll pass this along to my friends!

  12. What a wonderful post! I am so glad we found each other. Your blog is delightful!

  13. What a wonderful post! I am so glad we found each other. Your blog is delightful!

  14. What a wonderful post! I am so glad we found each other. Your blog is delightful!

  15. OMG how cute are these fishy crayons! LOVE LOVE LOVE :)

  16. OMG how cute are these fishy crayons! LOVE LOVE LOVE :)

  17. OMG how cute are these fishy crayons! LOVE LOVE LOVE :)

  18. I saw this project on Pinterest a while ago. I’m really looking forward to trying it out with my niece. I especially want to make “mystery” crayons, where we mix bits of all different colours to get a multicolour crayon.

  19. I saw this project on Pinterest a while ago. I’m really looking forward to trying it out with my niece. I especially want to make “mystery” crayons, where we mix bits of all different colours to get a multicolour crayon.

  20. I’ve seen this before also and always planned to try it! You have a different take on the one I saw before, I like it! I must try it now Thank you.

  21. I’ve seen this before also and always planned to try it! You have a different take on the one I saw before, I like it! I must try it now Thank you.

  22. I’ve seen this before also and always planned to try it! You have a different take on the one I saw before, I like it! I must try it now Thank you.

  23. What a great idea! I’ll share this with all my Facebook Fans, I’m sure they will love it! Cheers Mr.CBB

  24. What a great idea! I’ll share this with all my Facebook Fans, I’m sure they will love it! Cheers Mr.CBB

  25. I will be trying this as we have so many broken crayon pieces in our crayon basket! Thanks for the great idea!

  26. I will be trying this as we have so many broken crayon pieces in our crayon basket! Thanks for the great idea!

  27. I love that there are silicone ice cube trays that can be used for this project. The last time I made these (many years ago) all I could use was the muffin tin and settled for
    the boring round wheel of color.

  28. I love that there are silicone ice cube trays that can be used for this project. The last time I made these (many years ago) all I could use was the muffin tin and settled for
    the boring round wheel of color.

  29. Wow this is awesome. I can’t wait to try this out with my little one when he’s a little bit older. :-D Thanks for sharing.

  30. Wow this is awesome. I can’t wait to try this out with my little one when he’s a little bit older. :-D Thanks for sharing.

  31. Wow this is awesome. I can’t wait to try this out with my little one when he’s a little bit older. :-D Thanks for sharing.

  32. Thanks for the Ikea tip. I’ve been searching for fun silicone molds to do this but never thought to look there!

  33. Thanks for the Ikea tip. I’ve been searching for fun silicone molds to do this but never thought to look there!

  34. Thanks for the Ikea tip. I’ve been searching for fun silicone molds to do this but never thought to look there!

  35. Very Cool!

  36. Very Cool!

  37. Very Cool!

  38. brilliant!

  39. This is such a great idea! I have a god-daughter/niece who is 7 and I would love to do this with her! Thank you :)

  40. This is such a great idea! I have a god-daughter/niece who is 7 and I would love to do this with her! Thank you :)

  41. Another clever idea! It looks like such a fun project that you almost wouldn’t want to wait until the crayons had run out to reshape them. ;)

  42. Another clever idea! It looks like such a fun project that you almost wouldn’t want to wait until the crayons had run out to reshape them. ;)

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