How To Easily Recycle (Melt) Old Crayons Into New Ones

Every household with kids probably has a few broken crayons lying around. Rather than toss them, why not recycle them into new crayons for even more kids crafts? Martha Stewart has a great tutorial regarding how to melt crayons in the video below. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Slice up your old crayons into small pieces (I neglected to do this).
  3. Put the sliced up crayons into an old muffin tin. I tried silicone and it wrecked the pan.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Put the pan in the freezer for an hour if you’re having trouble releasing the crayons from the pan. They’ll pop right out.

Watch Martha make melted crayons. Hers look amazing, of course. We usually do a combination of mixed-colored crayons and single-color crayons. My 5-year-old is particular about her coloring and gets frustrated by the mixed-colored crayons after a while. Enjoy!


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  1. May 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this. How come I didn’t think of this when I was a child. I got lots of left over crayons being thrown away. This is a great help for mothers.

  2. March 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    How fun! I need to try this someday. We’ve certainly got plenty of broken crayons around here. 🙂

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