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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Lumin... LuminousMom

Sheri- for the "rock shaped crayons" use soap molds! http://www.flexiblemolds.com/soap_molds.htm .. that website has river rock soap molds almost all the way at the bottom.. thats what most people use because they are already non-stick and flexible for easy removal

worke... workenmom

how cleaver and very cool, I'm always looking for ways to reuse stuff and I hate throwing away broken crayons, thanks i'm on it right now.

Cafe... Cafe Sheri

Awesome, LuminousMom. Thanks!

the3lmom the3lmom

Love this idea! Gonna have to try it out!

Falli... FallingOnVegas

Thanks for using my photo!  It's perfectly appropriate for your post!

witch... witchymommaCNY

   Love this one, bravo! And think of all the different molds out there you can use to make different shapes as well!

jennm... jennmarie77

What terrific ideas.  Luminousmom, great site. Now I can stop throwing away the kids broken crayons.

nonmember avatar Natasha

My daughter loves making these as gifts! She really likes the swirling effect the colors make in the completed crayons. I would say they are best for really young kids just starting to color, though, because the shape can be awkward for older kids to try and color with them. It can also be hard to have the colors show up on paper unless you press harder, which can be a challenge for crayons without points!

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