Do you have a bunch of broken crayons lying around that your kids don't use anymore? Instead of throwing them away, why not give them new life by making shaped crayons? Not only is this a fun activity to do with your kids, but it's also a great way to reuse old materials and reduce waste.
Recycle your broken Crayons Craft- Shaped Crayons
Here's what you'll need:
- Old crayons (make sure to remove any paper wrappers)
- Silicone molds in various shapes (you can find these at most craft stores or online)
- An oven or microwave
- A knife or scissors
- Preheat your oven to 250°F or prepare a microwave-safe dish.
- Sort the crayons by color and break them into small pieces. You can use a knife or scissors to make this process easier.
- Place the crayon pieces into the silicone molds. You can mix and match colors or create a rainbow effect by layering different colors.
- Place the molds in the oven or microwave and let them melt. The exact time will depend on your oven or microwave, so keep an eye on them to make sure they don't overheat. Generally, it takes about 10-15 minutes in the oven and 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
- Once the crayons are completely melted, remove them from the oven or microwave and let them cool completely. This may take up to an hour or more.
- Once the crayons are cool, pop them out of the molds and they're ready to use!
- Make sure to use silicone molds rather than plastic ones, as plastic can melt in the oven or microwave.
- Experiment with different shapes and sizes to create unique and fun crayons.
- If you want to speed up the cooling process, you can place the molds in the fridge or freezer.
- Store the shaped crayons in a cool, dry place to keep them from melting or sticking together.
Not only are shaped crayons a fun activity for kids, but they also make great gifts or party favors. Plus, you can feel good about reducing waste and giving old materials new life. So grab those old crayons and start creating!