Make Colorful Crayon Wands Out of Broken Crayons

If you have ever wondered what to do with old crayons, we have the best old crayon recycling craft. Reuse old crayons to make colorful crayon wand craft. This is a great crayon craft for preschoolers and elementary age students.

Fun Crayon Wands made from old crayons that still color - 3 step process shown in picture to make melted crayon wands
Let’s recycle old crayons into this fun craft!

When Broken Crayons Still Color

This old crayon craft is amazing for those broken and half used crayons that we all have in a box somewhere because it is so fun to open a new box of crayons each school year!

Related: This fun kids craft appears in our first book, 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest Funnest Ever!

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Old Crayon Craft for Kids

Grab those old crayons with LOTS of broken ends and bits. Your broken crayons can get a chance for new life.

Supplies Needed To Make This Old Crayon Craft

Directions To Make Crayon Wands From Old Crayons

Watch Short Video Tutorial: Crayon Wands Made From Old Crayons

Step 1

Take all the wrappers off of your crayons and if they are not already broken, break them into smaller pieces.

Step 1 - take wrappers off of crayons - Old Crayon Craft - KAB
First take the wrappers off the old crayons you are going to use.

Step 2

Fill your small glass jars with the crayon bits and put the jars onto the candle warmer. It takes awhile using the warmer but it is not super hot, making this a safer project for kids to help with.

Step 2  & Step 3 - Fun Crayon Wands - jars full of wax melting on the candle warmer and groups of straws filled with colorful wax sitting in a tin pan
Look how colorful our crayon wands are turning out!

Step 3

While you are waiting for the crayons to melt, fill a TP tube with the straws. Tape the bottom of the straws or wrap a bit of tin foil around them and stand the straws upright in your disposable plate.

Step 4

Carefully pour the melted crayon into the upright straws. We layered the crayon colors. The more the merrier. My kids favorite crayons were the ones where the colors mixed a bit. They called them tie-dye crayons!

Finished kids craft - Fun Crayon Wands
I love these so much!

Finished Melted Crayon Wands

These are a super fun gift idea for either back-to-school, or add a fun pack of paper for a DIY coloring kit.

Fun Crayon Wands

diy crayon wands

To get ready for Back-to-school we melted down our old crayons and oil pastels to create fun crayon wands!

Materials

  • Thick milkshake straws
  • Old crayon leftover bits (want brilliant colors? 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

Instructions

  1. Take all the wrappers off of your crayons and if they are not already broken, break them into smaller pieces.
  2. Fill your small glass jars with the crayon bits and put the jars onto the candle warmer. It takes awhile using the warmer but it is not super hot, making this a safer project for kids to help with.
  3. While you are waiting for the crayons to melt, fill a TP tube with the straws. Tape the bottom of the straws or wrap a bit of tin foil around them and stand the straws upright in your disposable plate.
  4. Carefully pour the melted crayon into the upright straws. We layered the crayon colors. The more the merrier. My kids favorite crayons were the ones where the colors mixed a bit. They called them tie-dye crayons!

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How did your crayon wands turn out? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

3 Comments

  1. Yolande van Heerden says:

    How do you get the crayon out of the straws?

  2. What a great way to use up crayons. Do the straws peel off easily?

  3. I like this take new take on recycling old crayon bits. My nephews would go crazy for these. Adding this to my projects to make for Christmas. Every year I try to give them something that can’t be bought in a store and that they can use to create.

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