After a summer of fun our craft cabinet is a disaster, filled with LOTS of broken ends and bits. Â It was a gold mine of DIY potential! Â Broken crayons get a chance for new life.
To get ready for Back-to-schoolÂ we melted down our old crayons and oil pastels to create crayon “wands”.
Homemade, crafty and COOL. Â This activity was inspired in part by the book, 101 Kids Activities. Â One of the activities in the book created new crayons from glue sticks. Â They also suggested this method of crayon-making. Â Fun! Â Perfect DIY gift idea.
Supplies Needed (affiliate links):
- Thick milkshake straws
- Old crayon leftover bits (want brilliant colors? Â Get a pack of Neon Crayons to add to your bits)
- Candle warming plate
- Small glass jars
- TP Tube
- Disposable plate
- Masking Tape or Foil
Take all the wrappers off of your crayons and if they are not already broken, break them into smaller pieces. Â Fill your small glass jars with the crayon bits and put the jars onto the candle warmer. Â It takes awhile using the warmer but it is not super hot, making this a safer project for kids to help with. While you are waiting for the crayons to melt, fill a TP tube with the straws. Â Tape the bottom of the straws or wrap a bit of tin foil around them and stand the straws upright in your disposable plate.
Carefully pour the melted crayon into the upright straws. Â We layered the crayon colors. Â The more the merrier. Â My kids favorite crayons were the ones where the colors mixed a bit. Â They called them tie-dye crayons!
These are a super fun gift idea for either back-to-school or add a fun pack of paper for a DIY coloring kit.
Like this idea?? Â Check out our other activities and crafts in our book, 101 Kids Activities.