Homemade Recycled Crayons

During our tidying up one rainy afternoon, I discovered crayon pieces scattered in corners and crevices. I decided to put the pieces to use by making new crayons; perfect for little hands!

We followed the instructions from Make and Takes in their Recycled Chunky Crayons tutorial, putting all of our old crayon pieces into muffin tins. We sorted them mostly by color groups, but you could make any color combination!

My friend Emily used muffin papers for hers (so the resulting crayons look a bit like candy!). I had an old muffin tin around that we use for various crafts and activities, so I didn’t mind getting crayon residue on ours. I rubbed a bit of grapeseed oil into our tin before adding crayons, instead of the vegetable oil spray mentioned in the tutorial.

Be aware, though, your muffin tin will still look like this when you’re done:

I pulled out some big sheets of old plain newsprint (packaging saved from a business order shipment), spread it on the kitchen floor, and the coloring began!

What a perfect rainy day activity- for free!

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6 comments to Homemade Recycled Crayons

  • Michele –

    Thanks for this! We have been storing up broken crayons for literally years and my youngest was so pleased to see your photo this morning! He had a huge smile on his face when he saw the finished product of what I have been telling him that we would do “someday.” Maybe this weekend as we have nothing in particular planned.

    Blessings on you and yours this Easter.


  • We did this for Valentine’s Day. The kids used a cookie cutter after the crayons had cooled a bit (but not completely) to cut out heart shaped crayons. They gave them away to their classmates instead of candy.


  • This is really neat. I like the swirliness of the crayon colors. :)

    I’ll have to share this with my sister and sister-in-law. They both have small kids. My sister-in-law homeschools, so this could be a neat “craft” project.


  • This is a FUN idea….thanks! We almost always bring home our restaurant crayons (the ones they give you with an activity sheet) and this would be a great use for them (as well as melting some in between 2 pieces of wax paper)!


    Michele Reply:

    Good idea! :) I’m sure we have a few of those floating around, too.
    Thanks for stopping by.


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