My days can be chaotic with three kids and balancing my Etsy shop,plus selling locally on the weekends. It can be difficult at times to find ways to keep them entertain. My kids love to paint, draw, and especially color, but the crayons or even the pencils could be boring to use. One day the kids pulled out the crayon box and we all noticed that the crayons were mostly broken, so this is when I had an idea to melt down the broken pieces and re shape them into new pieces! ( I saw this once on Pintrest and I thought to myself lets try it!) So the kids joined in and helped make tiny pieces of red, yellow, blue, green crayons and mold them into heart shapes. We had taken an old baking cupcake heart pan from the kitchen, put the broken pieces of crayons into the pan and melted the crayons in the oven for about 15 minutes. When the time was up outcome heart-shaped new crayons!
After collecting more candy and baking pans over time I have created all different fun shapes for my kids and to sell on Etsy. It’s easy to create any fun shape if you have the right molds! I like to use silicone molds they are easier to clean and the shape looks better as well.
So don’t throw out those broken crayon pieces this DIY is a huge hit with kids, and it’s a great opportunity to have fun with the kids! Follow these easy steps to get started & have fun!
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Next, peel the paper wrappers from each crayon.
- Break the crayons into small pieces if needed ( ½”). Smaller bits will melt more quickly in the oven.
- Fill molds with crayon pieces. If you want crayons to have an ombré look, group similar colors together, graduating from dark to light, but rainbow crayons are a fun look too.
- Place the mold on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted.
- When removing the cookie sheet from the oven, be very careful, not to spill any, melted crayons.
- As the crayons cool, they will harden you can speed up the process, by transfering the molds into the freezer after the crayons firm up.
- After about 30 minutes, remove the molds from the freezer. If the bottoms of the mold are cool, you can release the crayons from the mold by first gently pulling and stretching the molds to loosen up the crayons and then pushing each crayon up and out from the bottom. If the molds are still warm to the touch, return them to the freezer and check again in 10 minutes.
- Start coloring with your new colorful crayons!
You can check out all the fun shaped crayons at my shop by following the link below: