How to Make DIY Crayons

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
  • Oven
  • 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!

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  1. we have done this as well, with success and it is total fun.. love that pic of your lil one waiting for the crayons to be done

  2. Oh this is such a cool, fun activity!! I’m definitely going to need to try this out with my daughter, she would DIE! She loves this kind of stuff! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. This is so cool! I was always throwing out the pieces my toddlers didn’t break or worse… try eating! lol

  4. what a great idea!! definitely better than throwing the little pieces away! thanks for this!

  5. How cool! Those silicone molds are PERFECT for that activity and I love how well the colors mixed. This makes coloring that much more fun!

  6. The Cinnamon Mom says:

    I would totally leave them in the freezer, too! Haha. This is such a cool way to learn about colors and see how crayons can be recycled. I also love the size and shape of your new crayons. They seem very friendly for tiny hands!

  7. I am so keen to try this!!! I have seen it before and we have a container of old crayons! Such a cool DIY project

  8. This is seriously awesome! What a cool way to incorporate learning with toddlers

  9. What a great activity. My daughter is just starting to love coloring. I’ll have to do this with her.

  10. Super fun! What a great way to recycle all those broken pieces and the ones that are too small to hold. Definitely going to be collecting broken pieces now!

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