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How to Recycle Old Crayons: Easy Way to Make Broken Crayons New again

Updated on September 14, 2011

Recycle old crayons into brand new crayons with this easy tutorial. You can mold them into different shapes which are great for little toddler hands. This project is so easy that your kids can even help you with this. You can make them for your own kids or you could put the finished new crayons into pretty containers and give them as gifts. They could be used as party favors or even stocking stuffers. I made some of these for my little boy and they turned out great and he just loves them. This is a great tutorial with tons of possibilities.

I'm excited about sharing this easy tutorial with you.... Let's get going!

What You Will Need

  • Used crayons
  • Some sort of mold like a small muffin tin, ice tray, candy molds etc.
  • Oven/stove or microwave
  • Microwave safe containers (if melting in microwave)
  • tin cans and big pot (if melting on stove top)
  • glitter (optional)

Step One

First take all the wrappers off the crayons and break them into smaller pieces and separate them by color.

Step Two

There are several ways you can melt the crayons depending on what you are using as the mold. You can melt the crayons inside the mold in the oven if you are using a metal mold or you can melt the crayons in the microwave and then pour into the mold or use the stove top method. I chose the less messy route and melted the crayons right inside the mold using an old muffin tin. You can also use cup cake liners if you prefer.

If using muffin tin or similar metal mold: Preheat oven to 250. Put broken crayons in each of the muffin slots filling at least half way. I filled mine about 3/4 full. You can use like colors together or you can mix the colors and come out with a cool marbled effect. I mixed different shades of the same color and they came out marbled with different shades of that color.. very pretty. So, once you have the tin filled put into the oven and bake about 15-20 minutes making sure to check on them often.. when you see they are melted take them out and this is the time to add some glitter and mix it around if you prefer and then let them cool.

If using a plastic mold: Either melt like colors together in microwave safe containers and pour into the mold when melted OR separate like colors into tin cans (like from vegetable, etc.) and put them into a large pot of boiling water on the stove and watch carefully until melted then add your glitter if you want and pour into molds. Set them aside to cool.

Also, as an alternative to using molds I've read that you can use cookie cutters as well- just put your cookie cutter down flat on some foil and pour in the wax.. you may need to hold it in place for a bit until it sets or maybe you could cover the bottom of the cutter with an aluminum foil seal.  Sounds like a easy way to make some really cute crayon shapes!! I can't wait to try this one myself.

Step Three

After your crayons have cooled all you have to do is pop them out of the containers and WALLAH!! Now you have some cute new crayons!

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. Happy Crafting!!


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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      peachpurple- You are welcome.. thank you so much for dropping by!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the wonderful idea. I had 3 boxes of mixed and broken crayons-don't know what to do with them. With your clever idea, now i could melt them into new crayons for my kid to test out his coloring skills again. Thanks for sharing

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      JeniR- I am so glad that you didn't throw the old crayons out...they will make perfect gifts for your nieces and nephews! What I love about this is they will look brand new. No one would ever suspect they were once old crayons. I am so glad this has come in useful for you! Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Jeni 5 years ago from Vermont

      This is a great idea especially for Christmas gifts. I am trying to an all hand made Christmas this year. Now I know what to do for my nieces and nephews and still get rid of the broken crayons in the craft box. My children have outgrown them but I just couldn't throw them away.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      jaelaoshi- So happy you found this hub useful! I love the idea of adding glitter to them.. have fun with it!

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      jaelaoshi 5 years ago

      Every time I turn around the kids are breaking their crayons! Im glad I don't have to throw them away anymore. I especially want to do this adding glitter, my girls LOVE those kind of crayons!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Icebenefield- Yes, it's a great way to recycle them and the shaped crayons are so cute and perfect for little hands! Thank you for sharing with your friend, voting up and everything :)

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      lcbenefield 5 years ago from Georgia

      What a great idea instead of throwing away the broken bits. I'm passing this on to a friend that has 3 little ones at home. Thanks. Useful, up, Facebook, email.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni- Thank you! I actually have a big baggie full of more broken and cheapo crayons ready to melt when mood strikes me. I have some star and heart shaped molds I want to try!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      A summertime activity that teaches frugal living--very cool! The comments are interesting, too.

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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you rwelton! So glad you've found a use for your old crayons. I loved doing this so much that I thought about going to buy new crayons and melting them into shapes LOL!

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      rwelton 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Jamie - now I know what to do with the 5 lbs of broken crayons - re-purpose them into different shapes! Great post.


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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you edelhaus.. my two year old loves coloring with these!

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      edelhaus 7 years ago from Munich, Germany

      I LOVE it - how clever!

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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Goodmovies! I was surprised at how cool they came out myself.

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      Randy Ray 7 years ago from Texas

      Those are SO cool looking. My wife used to make these with my kids when they were younger.

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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks you guys.. I was surprised how easy this was to do and how awesome they turned out!

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      Leslie Patton 7 years ago from Texas

      Oh My Gosh! I love this idea!! HOW awesome! Jada would love doing this. You are very good at explaining things. Thx for the useful information!

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      France Travel Inf 7 years ago

      I wish I had had this idea when the kids were little! What an awesome recyle idea to use them as party favors! Great!