Sunday, December 5, 2010

Making Crayons for Christmas gifts!

Working as a third-grade classroom teacher, I go through a lot of supplies. Last year, we went through a lot of crayons and I didn't know what to do with the old ones. I didn't want to throw them out of course. So I looked online about some ways to reuse them and found you could recreate crayons in muffin tin form! Perfect for some of my nieces and nephews!

I bought a cheap muffin tin at Christmas Tree Shop and went to work. First you peel off the paper, which is the most time-consuming part of the process. Note that it's MUCH easier to do with the larger, chunkier crayons.

Then you simply break the crayons up into the muffin tin. I decided to go with a rainbow effect, so I combined usually just two colors, such as orange and yellow...

Then you bake at about 200 degrees for maybe seven minutes. Take them out carefully and let them set for a bit. (I let mine sit about 15 minutes before placing them outside in the cold air to set more quickly.)

Then (here's the really fun part) pop those suckers out!

Here's the final product!

The one above was rotated correctly in iPhoto, but for some reason the rotation didn't translate to the blog.

Crayons are now wrapped up and ready to go!


  1. I've done this with little heart-shaped silicon pans and made them into valentine's when my daughter was in kindergarten. We had so much fun melting the old crayons into something new. I love the rainbows you made.

  2. I love the idea of using shapes! That give me great ideas for next year when I have more "destroyed" crayons!