Recycled Crayons: Easy Handmade Holiday Gifts

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So I'm still collecting easy handmade holiday gift ideas. This week, it's all about Recycled Crayon Gifts. Can I get a drum roll please...?

Okay, so maybe I'm the last to know, but you can recycle crayons! I found this out when mylittleabby was talking up the Reuse Crayon idea in the handmade holidays group.

It's true! You can put old broken crayons into fun-shaped molds, melt them, and get brand new cooler crayons. What an excellent, affordable, eco-friendly gift idea. Plus, with a chunky mold, you make the perfect hard-to-break, toddler-ized crayon too.

Per Funky Little Monkey (recommended by carrie_grace), here's one way to make Recycled Crayons:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Coat each space of a mini-muffin pan well but minimally with vegetable oil.
  • Place broken crayons, sans labels, in the pan up to the rim—about three to four crayons per space (make single-color crayons or crayons with high-contrasting colors).
  • Place the pans in the oven and cook for 8 minutes (until crayon shape has melted away)
  • Remove them from the oven and let them sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Keeping the crayons in the muffin pan, freeze them for another 15-30 minutes.

Wrap up the crayons cute and pair them with a sketch pad or coloring book. Tada! A fun, creative gift.

I'm thinking egg-shaped crayons would be cool. Has anyone seen an egg-shaped mold? Or how about rock-shaped crayons, like the ones Angry Chicken showed the other day. How could you make that shape?


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