If you have kids then you probably have thousands of crayon shards and pieces. And if your kids are like mine, these crayon leftovers accumulate fast. Whether it’s a half crayon or the crayon box shavings, don’t toss them just yet. You can recycle those pieces for another day. Making crayon molds is a great do-it-yourself or a fun activity to involve the kids with. Turn your discarded crayons into a new masterpiece.
My favorite thing as a child was to make crayon molds with my mom. Back then you had to all kinds of extra steps to keep from ruining your pots and pans, but with today’s technology and the invention of the silicon pans, crayon molding is as easy as 1-2-3! You just have to decide if you want a solid color regenerated crayon or a multicolored one.
Crayons in the Oven
My kids love to use holiday shape cookie/cup cake molding pans to make crayon molds with. You can find a variety of shapes online that are very inexpensive. There are two ways you can make crayon molds. The first way is to preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Remove the paper from the crayon pieces and add several shards to each mold. This is the point where you need to decide if you want the mold to be one solid color or several. Using several colors will result in a camouflaged effect. You will have to estimate the amount to put in. You don’t want the mold to overflow when melted. Put the molds in the oven for around ten minutes or until the crayon shards have melted. Once all shards are melted, remove the mold from the oven and allow the crayons to cool completely. They will pop right out of the silicon mold.
Crayons melted and Poured
The other way still uses the silicon molds but also can be used with cookie cutters. If you used cookie cutters you will need wax paper as well, rubber bands or tape, and non-stick spray oil. Cut two pieces of wax paper to overlap the cookie cutter. You will need to either secure the two-ply wax paper around the outer edges of the cookie cutter with a tight rubber band of with tape. This is to keep the hot melted crayon from leaking out side of the mold. Apply a very light non-stick spray to the inside of the cookie cutter.
You can melt the crayons two separate ways as well. You can use an old sauce pan or microwave safe bowl. First you need to decide the color you wish to make. Place the crayons in the pot or bowl allowing ample room for melting. Over medium high heat, allow the crayon shards to melt in the pot. DO NOT STIR. In the microwave it will take about eight minutes to melt the crayons all the way. Keep a close eye on it though. Microwaves heat at different rates. When the crayons are melted used a clean funnel to pour the liquefied crayon into the molds. Fill the molds to desired thickness. For thin characters only fill the mold half full. Again, allow the molds to cool completely. If it seems the crayons are not coming out of the molds easily, put them in the freezer for about an hour and they should slide right out of the molds.
How they can be used
These new crayon creations are perfect recycled gifts. You can make a set of colored characters and tie them up in a cute small draw-bag and give to a child as a birthday, Christmas, or any day gift. If you are a teacher, you can make molds in the shapes of current lessons for younger preschool through first grade children.
You can even turn these recycled crayon molds into Christmas tree decorations. All you have to do is secure a thick toothpick or straw (depending on the size of the mold) when pouring the melting crayon into the mold. It will make a thread hole for hanging.
Whatever you do with your new crayons, they are a great way to cut down on waste and a fun activity for the kids. Just remember to always use caution when working with children and hot surfaces and liquids.