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Fun DIY: Old Crayons, New Craft #tutorial

Got broken crayons? They accumulate and get abandoned. We have made Melted Crayon Art Canvases, and now, and rather than throw them out, has a crafting project that will make those worn-out, forgotten about, broken crayons the stars of crayons; everywhere!

Fun DIY: Old Crayons, New Craft

This eco-friendly solution to repurpose those broken crayons lying around any playroom across America comes from contributing writer, Jennifer Kirk, who “melts down” a step-by-step process to turn trash into treasure by finding a creative use for ice-cube trays!

See the tutorial hereon or follow along below:


  • Crayons
  • Flexible molds/ice-cube trays
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cookie sheet

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200° F. Next, works on peeling off the paper wrappers from each crayon. Running the blade of an X-Acto knife down the length of the wrapper will help this step go quickly.

Step 2

Break crayons into pieces. Smaller bits will melt more quickly in the oven and will, therefore, have less time to run and bleed into neighboring colors. Use a kitchen knife to cut pieces down to about 1/2″.

Step 3

Fill molds with crayon pieces. I wanted the crayons to be monochromatic, so I grouped similar colors together, graduating from dark to light, but rainbow crayons would be fun too!

Make sure to just slightly overfill each mold, as the crayons will meltdown and take up less space.

Step 4

Place molds on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or completely melted crayons.

Step 5

To not spill any melted crayon, remove the cookie sheet from the oven very carefully.

Step 6

As the crayons cool, they will harden. Transfer molds into the freezer after the crayons firm up to speed up the process.

Step 7

After about 30 minutes, remove molds from the freezer. If the bottoms of the mold are cool, you can release the crayons from the mold by gently pulling and stretching molds to loosen up crayons, then pushing each crayon up and out from the bottom. If the molds are still warm to the touch, return to the freezer and check again for coolness in 10 minutes.


About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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