DIY Recycled Crayons

Most restaurants provide my 2-year-old crayons as a distraction while we attempt to eat .  Due to the kind gesture, I end up with countless colors under the couch, at the bottom of my purse and scattered throughout the car.

Instead of storing scores of broken crayons in a lonely kitchen drawer I create an imaginative, clever crayon for  my toddler.

Here’s a creative way to recycle old and/or broken crayons:

Step #1: Gather crayons. You can use new crayons too but that would defeat the purpose of recycling. A thrift store is a great place to find crayons for little money.

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Step #2: Peel off crayon wrappers.

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Step #3: Divide crayons with like colors.

Step #4: Place crayons in a paper cup. Heat in microwave at 50% power, stirring the crayons every minute or so. It will take 3-4 minutes for the crayons to completely melt.

Step #5: Pour the melted crayon into a mold of your choice until it hardens for about 5-10 minutes. I found 3 molds at my local Goodwill.

Step #6: Pop crayon out of mold.

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WaaLaa!

These crayons also make fabulous gifts or party favors for little ones.

Tip: To produce layers, fill the mold half way and let harden. Pour another color on top of the hardened crayon and let harden. Repeat the process until mold is full.

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