There may be nothing new about recycling crayons (after all, my mom was doing it in the 50's), but there's something about molding something old into a new version of itself that's so uniquely...now.
This project is a usable, versatile craft for all ages. The finished product makes great teacher gifts, favors for birthday parties, or back-to-school treats for the kids. Have fun experimenting with different color combos and tray shapes--I personally, have my eye on on a robot ice tray for our next batch--and use this opportunity to chat with your children about everything from the basic chemistry of wax properties changing, to where colors fall on a color wheel. Have fun!
Unwanted Wax Crayons (wrappers removed)
Silicon Ice Cube Trays OR
Plastic Cups & Wood Skewers (microwave version only)
Microwave (Solid Color) Version:
- Combine like color pieces, into sacrificial cups (trust me, you won't want to drink out 'em after they've been crayon'd!).
- Cook in microwave until melted (about 5-9 minutes); stirring with skewer, as needed.
- Pour melted crayon into candy mold. Work quickly, because the wax thickens fast!
Oven (Marbled) Version:
- Break crayons into small pieces.
- Place pieces into a silicon ice tray. Kids love being a part of this process, because they can mix & match colors to create their own, little works of art! (My son Tristan, filled the two bottom hearts with colors to look like "camo" and "sand camo". Boys.)
- Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crayons are completely melted. Carefully remove from oven, taking care not to spill the hot wax.
- Place trays into freezer for about 30 minutes to harden.
- Pop your crayon creations out of the trays and enjoy!
Craft Apparently Yours,