DIY: Recycle your kids old crayons

Hello, hello!

Last week we received two big black garbage bags of school supplies at our door step. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a prank. It was just our kids leftover school supplies.

Since we weren’t allowed back in school, the teachers packed up all of the kids stuff and dropped them off. Sad but convenient.

Now what?

Well, we cleaned up what we could. Saved what was salvageable for next year and tossed everything that was broken. Except the crayons. Those, we…

…come on down. Let us show you what we did.

WE MELTED THEM!

I know, I know – this isn’t anything new. But my neighbor from www.whiskingmama.com mentioned on her page that they made these awesome LEGO shaped, repurposed crayons and I had to jump on the bandwagon. What a great idea and we have never done that before. At least, I don’t remember haha #mombrain

It involves a few hours of your time. Some super simple steps, supplies you already have and 1 you may not have but the end results are so cool.

Here we go.


SUPPLIES:

  • Old, broken crayons or new ones if you feel dangerous
  • Cutting board to chop up some of those stubborn pieces
  • A sharp knife; unless you are Hulk
  • Silicone molds. We used these awesome LEGO ones but I linked a bunch of different ones at the end of the blog
  • OPTIONAL: essential oil; this is great for gift giving. Makes the crayons smell much better

STEPS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take off the paper wrappers. This may be the only not so fun part.
  3. Break the crayons into pieces. Any and all sizes.
  4. Fill the molds with crayons. Top them off, they will melt.
  5. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to each one.
  6. Place the molds on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted.
  8. Turn the oven OFF and let them rest another 5 minutes or more.
  9. Carefully remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Don’t spill them.
  10. Let the new crayons cool off completely before popping them out of the molds.
  11. Now this is the fun part. You can share them as gifts, you can reuse them, you can play with the LEGO figures. Just have fun!

EXTRA: These molds are also great for chocolate, ice cubes, candy, etc.

What do you think? How did we do?


As promised, here are a few more molds that I plan on getting for birthdays, holidays and just for fun:





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