Please tell me we are not the only family with a giant coffee can full of random broken crayons? It seems like we collect crayons everywhere we go: the grocery store, restaurants, the aftermath of a 6-year-old boy’s school supplies. I am going to walk you through how to turn them into a cute and useful Disney craft.
I can’t help it. I don’t want to waste things. And this is the ultimate recycling project!
We have a cute pouch my aunt purchased for us, and we stash all the crayons we get in it when we visit restaurants. I keep the crayon bag in my backpack with a few cheap coloring books for road trips and restaurants. After a while, I had more crayons than I could tote around. I just kept dumping them in the coffee can. (You can relate, right?)
We had previously received some cute DIY crayons from the Pinterest moms we all secretly love and hate at the same time. So, I decided making some of our own would be a good use of our crayons and a fun family project. To get started, I purchased some basic crayon molds as well as this super cute ice cube tray.
The first step in this process is identifying all your broken crayons. I had my boys help me sort out the broken ones and help me peel the paper off all the crayons. They were actually super pumped to help with just about every step of this activity.
Because I have the urge to have things organized and because I really despise crayons that are multicolored, we sorted the crayons by color. Also, I did some research and it seemed a bit complicated to make the perfect and fun speckled crayon. Some reported that the colors melded together leaving more of a solid black mess and less of the desired rainbow swirl crayon. Sometimes, the key to success is keeping it simple.
- Preheat the oven to 250. I placed the the molds on a cookie sheet covered in tin foil in case I spilled some of the melted wax.
- Break the crayons so they fit into the shapes of the ice cube tray. We tried to keep each shape the same color in general. We had some fun picking what color our balloons and hats would be.
- Bake the tray for about 7 minutes. Because this ice cube tray was particularity deep, I removed it from the oven right at the 7 minute mark. Add some more crayons to the shapes as needed. Bake for an additional 7 minutes or until all crayons are completely melted.
- Remove the cookie tray from the oven and let the mold sit for about 5 minutes. Then, place the mold in the freezer for an additional 10 minutes.
- When you remove the tray, stretch and pull the mold away from the crayons. You can pop out the crayons quite easily by pushing on the bottom and basically flipping the mold inside out.
Ta-Dah! Perfect and super cute Mickey and Friends crayons. Listen, if I can make this craft, so can you. This is honestly the cheapest and best way to get your kids super pumped for their Disney trip. What a great, fun crayon to use in the car on your way to Orlando or as a fun thing to open and use on the plane. Not coming to Florida anytime soon? This is a fun rainy or snowy day activity, too.
Let me know how it goes!