When you have kids and they start to get into coloring, it can start to feel like a crayon graveyard pretty quickly. Half broken crayons shoved into boxes or behind couches–sound familiar? You don’t have to just throw those crayons into the trash, however. Instructables user SomArtMama has a solution for you—reuse those crayons to make new ones in beautiful shapes!
We think you’re going to love this.
Here’s the materials needed:
>Wooden sticks or dowel rods
>Candy mold or ice cube trays
- Cut the tops off your aluminum cans to make the crayon melting pots. Be aware that the edges of these cans will be really sharp after you’re done.
2) Put about an inch of water into a pot and set it to boil on the stove. Then sort your crayons by color into the cans you have cut. This is a great part to get the kids involved in. If a little water splashes into the can–no biggie. Go ahead and unwrap the crayons as well–having paper in your molds won’t work well.
3) Once the wax has melted, you are ready to pour. Different colors may melt at different rates. You can just pick up the cans and pour them into your molds. If you forgot to take your wrappers off before–take them out now.
4) Lay down some paper underneath your mold to catch any drips, which can be a pain to clean up. You can pinch a little spout into your can to make the pouring more streamlined.
5) Finally, pop your mold into the freezer and cool them down for about 5-10 minutes. Ta-da! You have some personalized crayons that are sure to bring smiles to your kid’s faces–especially if you were able to get them involved.
Have you ever made your own crayons? Do you have any tips for us? We love to hear from you guys! Let us know how making this craft went for you.