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Recycle broken Crayons Craft- Shaped Crayons

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Do your kids leave a trail of crayon bits and broken pieces? Have a box filled with old, barely used colors shoved in a drawer somewhere? It's time to clear out that clutter and make something fun and new! This Recycle broken Crayons craft is a perfect activity for those who like being creative and hate seeing waste. Let's get started!

Recycle your broken crayons into colorful wax art melted into circular shapes on a wooden background.

Shaped Crayons: Fun for Kids, Good for the Earth

Upcycling your broken crayons into brand-new shaped crayons is a win-win for everyone. Not only is it a great kid-friendly activity, but it's also environmentally friendly! It teaches them the importance of reusing materials and gives a second life to something destined for the trash.

A stack of multi-colored, melted wax crayons, recycled into a new craft, on a wooden surface.
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What You'll Need

  • Old Crayons (Remove those pesky paper wrappers)
  • Silicone Molds (Find a variety at craft stores or online)
  • Oven or Microwave
  • Knife or Scissors
Recycle your broken crayons sorted into a muffin tin for a colorful craft.


  1. Preheat your oven to 250°F, or have a microwave safe dish ready.
  2. Sort and Chop: Sort the crayons by color and break them into small pieces for easier melting.
  3. Fill the Molds: Get creative! Mix colors, make fun patterns, experiment with layers.
  4. Melt Time: Oven users, pop the molds in for 10-15 minutes. Microwave users, go for 1-2 minutes. Just keep an eye out to prevent overheating.
  5. Let it Cool: Once crayons are completely melted, take them out and let them cool fully. This can take an hour or so.
  6. Unmold and Play: Pop your awesome new crayons out of the molds and get coloring!
4 Pack Assorted Crayon Molds

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03/15/2024 10:54 pm GMT

Tips for Awesome Recycle broken Crayons

  • Only Silicone: Those silicone molds are heat-resistant – plastic ones won't work!
  • Get Creative: Play with different shapes and sizes for extra fun.
  • Speed Cool: Need your crayons fast? Chill them in the fridge or freezer!
  • Storage: Keep your new crayons cool and dry so they don't get melty again.
Assorted colorful swirled recycled crayon discs on a wooden surface.

Why Kids Love Shaped Crayons

So, why are shaped crayons better than regular ones? For our littlest artists, they're much easier to grip! For older kids, the interesting shapes and color combinations spark creativity.

A collection of colorful crayons melted and molded into circular shapes on a wooden surface for your craft project.


Q: Are shaped crayons just as good as regular ones? A: Absolutely! They color with the same vibrancy and quality.

Q: Can I mix different brands of crayons? A: Yes! Don't worry about brand compatibility. As long as they're wax crayons, you're good to mix and match.

Q: Can I make shaped crayons as gifts? A: You bet! Shaped crayons make cute and thoughtful presents or party favors.

Colorful wax crayons, arranged around a clear container on paper with the word "love" handwritten next to a heart drawing.

We had So Much Fun!

My kids and I absolutely loved making these Recycle broken Crayons. It's a simple, quick project with impressive results. Next time you stumble upon those broken crayons, don't toss them – create something wonderful!

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