ReUse ReMake Crayons

By | May 20, 2010

There’s nothing better than a fresh box of brand new crayons… Runner up is a brand new up-cycled crayon. What the heck is an up-cycled crayon?

Supplies Needed:

  • Old Crayons
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Wooden sticks or dowel rods
  • Candy mold or ice cube trays
  • Large Pan

Step 1 –
Making melting pots. Use aluminum cans to melt your crayons in. The first thing to do is cut off the tops. You need enough so that they are packed tightly in the pot and will not fall over. But watch out! The top will be sharp.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 2 –
Sort the crayons. You may want to remove the wrappers as well. We didn’t, so we had to fish them out of the melted wax.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 3 –
Create a water bath. Place the aluminum cans full of crayons into an old pan that has about an inch of water in it. If the cans do not have very much in them, they will float. This is a bit of a pain but the crayons inside will still melt. The wax will get very hot & never heat wax directly on the stove.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 4 –
Waiting. The crayons will melt at different rates, the yellow and brown melted first. Some of the inexpensive crayons never melted. You just have to fish them out or work around them.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 5 –
Ready to pour. Before you pour the new crayons you need to remove most of the wrappers.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 6 –
Time to pour. Lay out some paper and put your mold on top of the paper. Pinch a pour spout into the top of the can, use your dowel rod or stir stick to hold back any clumps of unmelted crayons. Carefully pour into the candy molds. The cans are not hot at all, but the wax is.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 7 –
The wax drips and things can get pretty mess, so be make sure you covered your work space or you will have a huge mess to clean up.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 8 –
If you need the molds fast to do you next batch put them in the freezer for about 5 minutes. The new crayons will pop right out.
ReUse ReMake Crayons

Step 9 –
All Done! Let’s color!
ReUse ReMake Crayons

A special thanks to SomArtMama & Instructables for sharing their up-cycling crafts with us!

4 thoughts on “ReUse ReMake Crayons

  1. Fern Ecotel

    Wow thanks for sharing this. We are an Eco-friendly Hotel located in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India. This is really cool. Its a good article to read up and learn for the kids, who have all the time in the world to improve their creative skills. We would surely consider having someone come in and hold a workshop at the Hotel for the children of guests! It would really open their eyes to something green :)

  2. Divyesh

    interesting information….Some of the greatest threats to future resources come from things we throw away everyday.Throwing away items that could be recycled diminishes energy, water and natural resources that could be saved by recycling.
    http://www.divyeshweb.com

  3. Claire

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing – I never knew what to do with the boxes of old crayons that I have. I guess you could also make new crayons?

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