Art Every Day: Repurposed Crayons

While doing my Thanksgiving cooking last Sunday, I decided to get a little crafty. We had done some serious house tidying since we were toddler-free. I had been picking up broken crayons from every nook of the house. Frustrated, I began tossing them in the trash. Quite often, I tend to start tossing things that become a problem (physical & virtual). I caught myself, though, dug the crayons out the waste basket and set the rest of the broken crayons I gathered aside for an easy DIY project.

Greg peeled the paper off of the broken crayons for me and I sorted them to be placed in one of my (greased) Wilton silicone molds. I then, popped them in the oven (for about 10min at 350 degrees) while the pies were baking. Not only was I repuposing, I was conserving energy! Aha!

Repurposed Crayons

After the crayons had melted enough, I removed them from the oven and let them cool in the freezer. I then removed them from the freezer and carefully popped each new crayon out of the mold. I placed the new crayons in a giftbox and will be surprising Jayden with his new “crununs” (crayons) soon!

Repurposed Crayons

I think these would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas. Just grab a few boxes of inexpensive crayons and place them in Christmas molds. Whaddaya say?


Obviously, I suck at monthly memes.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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11 Comments

  • Reply December 11, 2012

    Chelsey

    I made these yesterday in a non-stick mini muffin tin. They turned out great! My tip is to use an exacto knife to slice the paper all the way down the crayon. It definitely saved my thumb nails.

  • Reply October 16, 2012

    erica

    Ouch! My Thumbs hurt from peeling the paper off old crayons. Recommend using a nice veggie peeler if you are having trouble getting the wrappers off. At least to get them started. =) Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  • Reply December 24, 2010

    traceykinohio

    great idea! recycling in every way. love the mold shapes.

  • Reply December 19, 2010

    Michelle Saunderson

    I love this idea. I am thinking that this will be a great stocking stuffer.

  • Reply December 2, 2010

    kristin

    I LOVE this idea!!

  • Reply December 1, 2010

    1stopmom

    Sheena that is such a great idea!! I am going to do this one.

  • Reply November 27, 2010

    Joanna

    Love this! Love the leaves and pumpkins. I’ve been saving our old broken crayons in hopes of doing this someday, and I think you’ve inspired me!

  • Reply November 27, 2010

    jennydecki

    A-MAH-ZING

    I would have never thought to do this and we have a huge tupperware bin full of crayons from, I think, when my old-a** husband was a kid through to today because he has this thing about throwing away old crayons.

    I may give these to everyone for the holidays. Preschool and Kindergarten teachers might just find these amazing. Maybe…but thanks for sharing I never ever would have thought of this and it’s pure genius.

  • Reply November 27, 2010

    Darcel @ The Mahogany Way

    Awesome! I am going to do this for my kids.

  • Reply November 27, 2010

    Laila @OnlyLaila

    What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

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