DIY Toddler Crayons

18 Oct

Here’s a super easy DIY project that even young children can do (with adult supervision and help with the oven, of course!). It’s also a good way to show them that even “old, used” crayons can be recycled into something brand new! Just keep out a container to collect the small crayons until you have enough.

I made these toddler crayons for the loot bags for Freestyle’s 1st birthday. They were colourful and pretty and easy for chubby little hands to grasp! If you have older kids, they still may like them or you could make them as gifts for younger friends, cousins, etc.

 

DIY Toddler Crayons 

 

 

Materials:

  • Old crayons too short to use (or a box of new crayons…I did this because I didn’t have a lot of crayons at that point…man, has that changed!)
  • Mini muffin pan
  • Oven
  • Cooling rack (optional)

 

What You Do:

1. Preheat the oven to about 275 degrees.

 

2. Tear off the paper wrapping off the crayons.

I sorted them into colour families because I wanted to make multi-coloured crayons and thought it be easier to mix and match this way.

 

3. Break up any larger crayons into smaller pieces and then fill the mini muffin tin.

 

 

4. Place the tin into the oven for about 10 minutes (or until all the crayons have melted).

 

5. Now, you can either wait for the crayons to cool or let the tin cool for a few minutes and then put the crayons onto a cooling rack.

Don’t they look so pretty? 🙂

 

If you are making them as a gift, a head’s up: I would keep them separated and then package them at the last minute because once they start rubbing against one another in a bag/box, they get to be flaky and white (wax). You might even consider separating them with a square of tissue paper.

That’s it! A very simple rainy day project!

 

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10 Responses to “DIY Toddler Crayons”

  1. Doodling Through Life October 21, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    I love this idea!! Will try it soon I think! the crayons look so pretty-I saw crayons like these being sold in Target – and were pricey so this looks so simple. Is it to easy to clean the pan when done? just curious!

    • Montessori Motherload October 21, 2012 at 3:19 am #

      Thanks! Yes, the pan was easy to clean as the surface is non-stick (I think). Most of the wax came off when I popped out the crayon. Let me know how yours turn out!

  2. Karen @ Folk Haven October 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Great idea! This looks so fun and easy. These crayons would work wonderfully for making leaf rubbings I think.

    • Montessori Motherload October 26, 2012 at 2:14 am #

      That’s a good idea! You’re so creative, I never even considered that! Let me know how it works if you try it out.

  3. Doodling Through Life November 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    So I did these and they came out beautifully :)..thanks!!

    http://reemfaruqi.com/2012/11/06/crayons-for-tea/

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