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DIY Crayons

Is your child’s art bin full of broken crayons? There’s no need to throw them away when you can, instead, upcycle these partially used pieces into new, one-of-a kind, multi-colored creations!


  • Crayons, broken pieces
  • Flexible molds or ice cube trays (utilized shaped molds, if desired)
  • X-Acto knife, optional
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cookie sheet


  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
  2. Peel off the paper wrapper from each crayon. Optional: Using an X-Acto knife, run blade down the length of the wrapper for faster removal.
  3. Using a kitchen knife, cut broken crayons down to 1/2″ pieces. Smaller bits will melt quicker in the oven and, therefore, have less time to bleed into neighboring colors.
  4. Fill molds with crayon bits using desired designs, such as: monochromatic, color fad (dark to light), or rainbow. Note: Slightly overfill each mold as the crayons will melt down.
  5. Place molds on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper in case of overflow); bake for 10-15 minutes or until crayons are completely melted.
  6. Carefully remove cookie sheet from oven and let cool to harden. Note: To speed up the process, transfer molds into the freezer (for 30 minutes) after the crayons have firmed slightly.
  7. Once mold bottoms are cool, release crayons by gently flexing molds and/or pushing each crayon up from the bottom.