Recycled crayons are super fun and easy to make.I’ve kind of become obsessed with them recently, regular crayons are just too boring after these spruced-up recycled ones!
What you need:
silicone ice cube/ bake tray in desired shapes (make SURE they are bake-safe)
crayons (not to brand name drop, but Crayola crayons work the best for colorfastness after re-melting)
1. Peel paper off the crayons- this can be a time consuming step, i recommend popping in your favorite movie and peeling while you watch
2. Break or cut crayons into small pieces (small enough to fit IN molds but not hang over the edges too much), with the Lego people crayons I had to smash the crayons into tiny bits using a hammer in order to fill the mold without overflowing.
3. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and place crayon-bit filled silicone trays on top to catch any wax drips and keep them from smelling up your oven.
3. ‘Bake’ on low heat- about 300 degrees- for 10-15 minutes or until crayons are entirely melted
* If the molds seem only half-full of melted crayon after 10 minutes you can always add more small bits during melting process to fill them to the brim.
4. Let crayons cool COMPLETELY (anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the density of the crayon mold) then press on the back of the molds to pop out your new- improved- crayons!
Amazon.com has about a million different shapes of silicone molds available- some shapes work better for crayon making than others. Look for shapes without too many small, fragile parts to avoid breaking. I’ve had luck with these Lego bricks and men, as well as larger pistol shapes.
**Make SURE you are using bake-safe molds- made of silicone, other ice cube trays will melt in your oven and make an awful mess (learning from mistakes here)
Crayon Pistols- bringing new meaning to, “Draw!”