Thrifty Thursday: Upcycling Old Crayons

Newsflash: “Going Green” can actually come in all shades of colors!

That being said, check out this fun way to put those old, broken, good-for-nothing (or so you thought!) crayon bits to great use by turning them into NEW, even BETTER (if you ask me) crayons!

All you need:

  • Muffin tin (one that you will not use for baking food items in) – I purchased a 6 muffin tin at my local dollar store! *Note: candy and soap making molds can also be fun to use because you can make crayons of different shapes and sizes!
  • Broken crayons (the more colors the better)
  • Knife

 What to do:

  1. After making sure to remove all of the paper labels from the crayons, start by cutting the broken crayons into small pieces using a sharp knife. (This should be done by the adult)
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees F
  3. Fill your muffin tin with about an inch thick of broken crayon bits
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until all of the wax has melted
  5. After your tin is cool, pop out your crayons and start coloring!


Looking for a fun party favor for the kiddos? Why not make a bunch of these multi-colored crayons? They’re sure to be a hit!

4 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday: Upcycling Old Crayons

  1. We just did this a couple of weekends ago and it turned out great! I think the pin I saw on Pinterest said it took seven minutes to melt. Well, I don’t know if it was because I was using cheapie crayons or because I have an electric oven, but mine took more like 35 minutes. We then used them to color over leaves that were under our paper, so we got multicolored leaf outlines with all the stems and veins showing. Very cool.

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