Don’t throw away those tiny crayon pieces! Instead turn them into these new beautiful DIY crayons!
Aaliyah loves coloring with crayons, but is always frustrated with how easily they can break. She really enjoys doing texture rubbings and painting watercolors on top, but the small crayon points make it difficult to pick up the full patterns from underneath. While cleaning out our art supplies, I found almost a whole basket of broken crayon pieces! Inches away from tossing them all in the trash, I remembered that a year ago I bought a silicone mold to create DIY crayons we never used. I knew DIY crayons would be the perfect easy project!
Materials You Need
- Broken crayon pieces
- Silicone mold
- Muffin tin (optional)
How to Make DIY Crayons
To start I took a muffin tin and put a few pieces of each color into each cup. I wanted to establish what each color was so that she could easily sort the crayon colors. This was a fun activity in itself! She doesn’t like the paper wrappers when she’s coloring, so most of them were already removed. We did have to go through and make sure all the tiny paper pieces were gone! She really enjoyed picking up pieces and saying the colors as she put them into the correct cup.
Once our muffin tin was full I placed our silicone mold, I purchased ours at Michaels in the candy section, on the table for her and preheated our oven to 250 degrees. We then filled up the rectangles, it came out to about two per color with one for black and pink. I had her repeat the color names one last time before placing the mold on a cookie sheet and putting it in the oven.
Of course she spent the entire 8 minutes the crayons were baking staring into the oven watching them melt! She was fascinated watching the crayons melt and mix together. Once the DIY crayons were completely melted, I took them out and placed the cookie sheet into the freezer to cool off.
Creating With DIY Crayons
In true mom fashion I put Aaliyah down for a nap and completely forgot about the crayons for 3 hours. When she woke up looking for her new DIY crayons they were now beautiful colorful ice cubes. Which was actually completely fine and added a new fun sensory element! We colored with the cold DIY crayons making fun rainbows and texture rubs, even stacking them like blocks!
The block shapes are much easier to hold! I did fill the mold to the top, but they melted down to only fill about half of the rectangle. I think that this actually was a blessing in disguise because the full shape might’ve been a little to large for her to get her hand around. Either way aren’t these DIY crayons tiny masterpieces in themselves!