If you have a child in your house, chances are you have some broken crayons. After a while, those broken pieces don’t get used anymore and usually end up in the garbage. Don’t throw out your broken pieces of crayons, they have life in them yet as new crayons in unique shapes. Homemade crayons are not difficult to make and they can be customized to any thing you like (putting crayon letters on a gift would make a great name-tag alternative; Christmas molds for stocking stuffers or, like I did, crayons for loot bags in the theme of our party!). You can also customize the colours to your theme or gifts or make fun rainbow crayons!
What you need:
- silicone or plastic molds, or a cupcake tin (I don’t recommend using them for food after you use it for crayons)
- broken crayons, peeled
How you make them:
- Peel your crayons so they are free of paper.
- If using a mix of thick and thin crayons, make sure the thick ones are broken into small pieces so that they melt evenly.
- Preheat your oven to 275F. Get a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil (this will protect your cookie sheet and oven).
- Fill your molds full to slightly over-filled with crayon pieces.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the wax is completely liquid. Carefully remove the molds from the oven, and allow to cool on counter until set. For me, this took about 20 minutes for my blue mold and about 40 minutes for my yellow, bigger mold. The more you let it set, (and if you put it in the fridge), the better and your chances of breaking the crayons will be less.
If you are using plastic chocolate molds, I am not sure if it is safe to put them in the oven without having them melt. The alternative way to do this is to get an empty can, and fill it about 1/4 to 1/3 full with similar colour crayons. Place the can in a pot and fill about 1/2 way up the can with water and bring to a boil. Once the wax is melted, carefully pour the hot wax into the molds and allow to set as above.