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Reusing Broken Crayons for Candle-Making

Updated on October 5, 2014
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Broken Crayons Make Beautiful Candles

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Using different colored broken crayons in your candles allows you to create several beautiful colors.Don't throw away broken crayons!I reused a jar from a previous candle to make all these candles.  Reuse whenever you can!
Using different colored broken crayons in your candles allows you to create several beautiful colors.
Using different colored broken crayons in your candles allows you to create several beautiful colors. | Source
Don't throw away broken crayons!
Don't throw away broken crayons! | Source
I reused a jar from a previous candle to make all these candles.  Reuse whenever you can!
I reused a jar from a previous candle to make all these candles. Reuse whenever you can! | Source

Make Colorful Candles with Broken Crayons

So, what to do with all those broken crayons?

I despise throwing things away that I think can be reused somehow. I found this post about creating Color Block Candles with broken crayons and had to try it out for myself. Even the jars I used to make the candles are reused from previous food or candle jars.

I had a bridal shower coming up for a good friend and she is not registered for gifts. I wanted to make her some homemade gifts she can use to relax her during this stressful time of planning a wedding. I made a basket filled with homemade gifts and this candle was one of them.

What to do with Broken Crayons?

As a mother of two little ones, we have art supplies all over the house. Paints, paint brushes, an abundance of coloring books and crayons...everywhere! There are crayons and markers in the car at all times for those long trips and because my kids enjoy coloring and drawing often. Since they love to color and draw so much, crayons can be found in my purse, too!

Due to so many crayons and rowdy, energetic children, it makes sense that we also have several broken crayons. Sometimes, they are left on the floor and Mommy does not see them and steps on a few, breaking them into pieces. Sometimes, the kids get too excited and color them broken!

Creating Candles at Home

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This is an easy project to work on at home.Get creative with how you make your candle!
This is an easy project to work on at home.
This is an easy project to work on at home. | Source
Get creative with how you make your candle!
Get creative with how you make your candle! | Source

Materials for Candle-Making:

    1. Start with picking out what colors you want the candle to be.
    2. Decide how big the jar will be for your candle so you know how much wax and crayons you need.
    3. I would suggest having at least two different colors for your candle. If it is a larger jar and you need to use more candle wax, you may need at least 3-4 crayons of each color for the colors to really show through after melting.
    4. You need candle wax, preferably candle wax flakes. I got creative and resourceful for some of these candles and used candlesticks for my wax flakes. I just peeled the candlesticks with a vegetable peeler.
    5. You need a wick which you can probably buy from a craft store. Amazon sells them, too. I provided the link to it in the ad below. I was able to use the wicks from the candlesticks I already had.
    6. You need a plate stand to prop up your jar for tilting in order to create the angled design.
    7. You also need a few popsicle sticks to stir the wax, one per each color.
    8. You need paper bathroom cups like Dixie cups, one for each color. Paper cups are best so they do not melt in the microwave.
    9. For more scent, add fragrance oils, optional.


Candles for Gift Ideas

Homemade candles are nice gift ideas.
Homemade candles are nice gift ideas. | Source

Candle-Making

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How to Make Color Block Candles

  1. Peel off the paper from all the crayons.
  2. Pour wax flakes into paper cup and add crayons on top.
  3. Heat in microwave for two minutes, then stir with popsicle stick.
  4. Heat for another two minutes, if needed. I found that I did need to heat for the full four minutes.
  5. Place jar into plate stand.
  6. Put wick in while pouring first layer of wax. Make sure it is centered. If you buy the actual wicks, then just place it in the jar before pouring wax.
  7. Let wax cool and harden all the way.
  8. Repeat and add next layer on the other side of jar. Repeat process until you are done.
  9. If using oils for scent, add in a few drops in the cup after the wax is melted.

Grab Some Small Jars to Make These Candles as Party Favors

What You Need to Make Candle

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I used a white candlestick I already had for most of the candle wax.  I peeled it with a carrot/vegetable peeler.  When it was thin enough, I was able to pull the wick out.The shredded wax was enough to fill four small bathroom cups halfway.You also need popsicle sticks, one for each color and a plate stand.
I used a white candlestick I already had for most of the candle wax.  I peeled it with a carrot/vegetable peeler.  When it was thin enough, I was able to pull the wick out.
I used a white candlestick I already had for most of the candle wax. I peeled it with a carrot/vegetable peeler. When it was thin enough, I was able to pull the wick out. | Source
The shredded wax was enough to fill four small bathroom cups halfway.
The shredded wax was enough to fill four small bathroom cups halfway. | Source
You also need popsicle sticks, one for each color and a plate stand.
You also need popsicle sticks, one for each color and a plate stand. | Source

How to Make Color-Layered Candles

Follow all the steps to make the color block candles but do not place jar in plate stand. Place wick in jar first, then pour one layer of colored wax at a time and let cool before adding next color. Plan out what colors you want before beginning the process.

Ideas for Colors in Your Candle

  • You can do the ombre effect by using colors of the same color family.
  • Place the different colored layers one on top of another without using the plate stand.
  • Use the colors of the rainbow.
  • Use Christmas colors for the holidays.
  • Black and orange for Halloween.
  • White and orange colors for Halloween to look like candy corn.
  • Match the colors to a party or wedding theme.

Melting the Crayons and Wax

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For more vivid colors, use 2-3 broken crayons for each color.  I only used one for the black, mint green and pink.  Those came out bright enough but the gray, I only had part of a broken crayon and it was more of a gray-white color when done.Stir the melted wax with the popsicle stick.
For more vivid colors, use 2-3 broken crayons for each color.  I only used one for the black, mint green and pink.  Those came out bright enough but the gray, I only had part of a broken crayon and it was more of a gray-white color when done.
For more vivid colors, use 2-3 broken crayons for each color. I only used one for the black, mint green and pink. Those came out bright enough but the gray, I only had part of a broken crayon and it was more of a gray-white color when done. | Source
Stir the melted wax with the popsicle stick.
Stir the melted wax with the popsicle stick. | Source

Tips on What Kind of Wax to Use

  1. You can use a candlestick, (which is what I first used for this project). Use a carrot/vegetable peeler to shred the wax off the candlestick. You can also use the wick from the candlestick.
  2. You can buy the wax flakes in a bag. It may be available at craft stores but Amazon has the soy wax flakes available. (I provided the link to it in the first Amazon ad).

For Color Block Candles, Use the Plate Stand to Prop Your Candle Jar

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Place the wick into the jar when you pour the first layer of wax.  After the first layer hardens, add the next color on the other side of the jar.
Place the wick into the jar when you pour the first layer of wax.
Place the wick into the jar when you pour the first layer of wax. | Source
After the first layer hardens, add the next color on the other side of the jar.
After the first layer hardens, add the next color on the other side of the jar. | Source
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Tips for Candle-Making

Add oils for extra fragrance to your candles since the scent of the crayons is present after wax melts and cools. You can find them at craft stores like Hobby Lobby.
Pour the oil into the cup, about 2-3 drops per cup, before pouring into jar
Do not add oil until after wax is melted.
Add a tablespoon of Crisco shortening so the candle burns evenly.

Colorful Candles For Gift-Giving

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Use vibrant colors to make your candle stand out or match the colors to the theme of the occasion.Add a nice lid and gift tag with a message for a sweet-smelling gift.
Use vibrant colors to make your candle stand out or match the colors to the theme of the occasion.
Use vibrant colors to make your candle stand out or match the colors to the theme of the occasion. | Source
Add a nice lid and gift tag with a message for a sweet-smelling gift.
Add a nice lid and gift tag with a message for a sweet-smelling gift. | Source
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Candles Make Sweet-Smelling Gifts

Reusing broken crayons goes a long way. If the kids are not going to use them once they are broken, there are many projects you can do with them. Making candles with them is one way that they will be useful.

Candles make a wonderful gift especially when they have a nice fragrance. They are pretty to look at and you can make their appearance customized for the gift recipient. Candles are also relaxing so they make nice bridal shower gifts or anniversary gifts. Place them in a bathroom for a spa day for your significant other or for mom on Mother's Day. Candles offer a room a nice scent and add to the mood and ambience of a space.

Kids can help with peeling the paper off crayons like my kids did. They can watch you pour the melted wax into the jar and show them how the wax hardens and cools. They will enjoy smelling the candle, too! Let them write a note for a special someone to give the candle as a gift and they will be happy to know they helped make something special.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Peachpurple, sorry for responding so late. You can find the wax flakes from Amazon and I posted a link to it. You can find the wax melts at most retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target and craft stores. You may be able to find the wax flakes at craft/hobby stores, too.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    FullOfLoveSites, thanks so much, I hope you get to try out this project idea!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Glimmer Twin Fan, it's a fun project to do, she'll enjoy it! Thanks for pinning. :)

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    peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    where can i find the wax? bookshops?

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    FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

    This is really quite cool... I'll ask my sister if my niece has left several broken crayons. Thanks for sharing this smart idea! :)

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

    Well this is just awesome! My daughter has pretty much outgrown crayons, but we have a big box of them. She will love doing this craft on a rainy fall day. Pinned for future use and shared.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Hendrika it's something fun to do with kids and mine enjoy helping. It's a fun way to teach them to recycle. Thanks for sharing it with others and how exciting to have all those grandchildren!

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    Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    This is a most interesting article. I wish I had it when my kids were still small or even when I looked after my granddaughter. I find recycling crayons very exciting and know a few people I will tell about this article. Lots of grandchildren on the way!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee, I hope you can try it out and thanks so much for passing it on. :)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    A simply awesome hub. Very informative and step-by-step. I will certainly try to make candles this way. Passing this on.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Monis, thank you so much for the nice comment!

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    Aga 3 years ago

    This is awesome! You are such a creative and talented person!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Michelle, that's great that your grandmother used to do this. It's nice how things that past generations used to do come back full circle and we can appreciate the same things, too.

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    Michelle Ascani 3 years ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

    How awesomely creative. My grandmother used to do this.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Kathleen, thank you for reading and I appreciate the vote up and pinning. Wax art sounds really interesting!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Liz, yes, I think this is a less inexpensive way to go and something useful to do with crayons the kids aren't using. Mine like to say the broken ones don't work anymore, LOL. Now, they can help make candles instead!

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    Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

    LOVE THIS! I make a lot of wax art, and I started with candles so this hub is right up my alley! Voted up, shared, and pinned! Kudos for this excellent piece :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Jacqui, this will come in handy then for those broken crayons! My kids loved helping with these candles...it was nice to not have to deal with unwrapping the paper off of the crayons, too - I left that up to them and they enjoyed seeing how the crayons melted with the wax.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi, Tori, I hope you try this sometime! It is really pretty easy and hopefully my directions are helpful. Thanks for coming by, let me know how if you try this out. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thanks for reading and commenting, raguett, have a great week. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Ann1Az2, the crayons definitely don't smell good by themselves! I found that using fragrance oils and even mixing the crayons with a couple blocks of scented candles or wax melts helps out a lot. Thanks for reading and the vote up. :)

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    Liz Felton 3 years ago from Essex, England

    Great idea, especially because candle wax colouring is so expensive!

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    Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

    Wow! I shall have to put this aside in a wee folder for when my daughter is old enough to help out...(is only 12wks, so could be some time!)...and crayons are getting broken! Thanks for sharing this hub...awesome idea!

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    Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

    What a great idea! I would have never thought to use crayons in a candle. I've never made my own but I think it would be a great craft for me to try at home sometime. I like how your directions are really easy to follow... I'm not much of a crafty person so the simpler the directions, the better! Thanks for this great hub :)

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    raguett 3 years ago

    Very cool thanks for sharing

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    Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

    I tried making candles with crayons a few years back and the smell was awful but I saw in your tips that you can add scent. Maybe I just didn't use enough or none at all. I don't remember. Anyway, I always thought using broken crayons is a great way to recycle.

    Well done on the tips and pictures! Voted up.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Deborah - if you do buy some, a few colors goes a long way to make a pretty color combination. :)

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    Deborah Sexton 3 years ago

    Great hub. I'm going to make some candles out of crayons. Of course I will have to buy some.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Oh that's a smart idea, thank you, I'll try that!

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    hrymel 3 years ago from Fort George G Meade, MD

    Great hub! I do a similar craft with empty glass baby food jars, and the wax left at the bottom of used candles. Just pour boiling water into the old candle container and let it cool completely before taking out the wax to reheat and put into the the new candles.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Bill, thank you - I feel like we can stretch our creativity more when we're frugal so it's a win-win!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love articles like this one. We are into frugal big time here, so this article will fit in quite nicely with our lifestyle. Thank you!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you!

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    meghansmummy 3 years ago

    wow awesome idea!