Recycled Crayons for Valentines Day

Want a inexpensive Valentine treat to send to your children’s class? You probably have everything you need already in your house. My youngest son’s preschool has a lot of food restrictions so I thought I would make something non food related to send. Plus this activity gave my kids a chance to clean out their craft drawers in search for the broken crayons.

We all have bunches of broken crayons that are too little for the kids to use. Time to clean out the crayon box and make new ones. So how do you recycle broken crayons into reusable ones? In the oven of course!

Have your children peel the wrappers, which can be a little daunting. I had my little guy sort them into colors as a little learning opportunity!!

Decide if you want to make single color crayons, mixed colors or layered. Since I have made the multi color ones before I thought I would try to make the layered variety. I did not work out as well as I thought, but I think it was because I was not patient enough to let them cool long enough.

For the layered ones you may want to grate or cut of the crayons into small pieces so they will melt more quickly.

Place 2 cupcake papers or 1 foil holder  into a pan, (I used a mini cupcake pan). Place your cut up crayons and glitter (optional) into the papers and heat in a 225 degree oven for 5 mins. Checking frequently as they can burn.

Allow to cool and peel them out of the papers. For layered ones, allow each layer to cool completely b/f adding the next one.

I then made my own Valentines on the computer to display our creations. I had my son draw a little crayon picture and then scanned it onto the computer. “I crayon not stop thinking of you” and “you make my day colorful” were some of my sayings.

After I made these I saw the cutest heart silicon molds at JoAnns and Michaels but I did not have enough crayons to do a second round. After I posted these I saw Target has silicon heart pans for $2.50 in their dollar area!!

10 Comments

  1. I used my metal mini muffin pan to make these and i let them cool completly (over night) and they popped right out, you could also cool them quicker by putting them in the freezer for a few hours.I didn’t used cooking spray at all. Like i said just make sure your metal pan is cooled all the way.

  2. I think they would be able to be pushed out, comment #4 tried it they just took a little longer to melt

  3. if you were to find mini silicone heart cupcake holders how would u do the crayons in those? wouldnt they stick to it like a huge sticky mess? any info would help! because i have silicone heart shaped ones..

  4. I have this metal pan for chocolate molds it has pretty heart & flower shapes I thought would be perfect for Valentines Day. But would they stick without the paper? How easy was it to get them out? Thanks

  5. Thanks for stopping by, you might want to try one or two and spray it heavily with nonstick spray?
    They came out easily with the papers..if it was silicone I know you would not have a problem

    Let me know what you do.

    Good luck

  6. thanks for the tip, I actually used foam mounting circles and forgot to include that in my post. Also if you made these, please forward me a picture and I will post them!! Happy Valentine’s day

  7. A couple of quick tips – you can peel the crayons quickly if you use a corn pick to ‘score’ the paper wrapper; it took me ALOT longer to melt the crayons in the silicon heart molds (like 15 minutes at 275 degrees) and you can attach them using foam mounting squares or rubber cement. Can’t wait to see if these are a hit tomorrow at the party!

  8. Very cute Maria – we are doing this project this weekend for my 1st graders class valentines!

  9. We’ll be cleaning out our crayon bin soon! Thanx!

  10. “Love the crayon idea! Had my students clean out their supply boxes yesterday and I got 2 ziploc sandwich bags full of broken crayons…might have to try this as their V Day gift!

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