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Strawberry Trash Crayons

June 1, 2015

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What do you do with all the broken crayons? Upcycle them into new crayons, strawberry trash crayons! Perfect for fun summer crafts, party favors or gifts!If you have kiddos and those kiddos have crayons then they probably have a big pile of this:

What do you do with all the broken crayons? Upcycle them into new crayons, strawberry trash crayons! Perfect for fun summer crafts, party favors or gifts!While this pile isn’t particularly terrible, a crayon’s demise is a nightmare for many a mom. Normally those horrid bits wind up in the trash, but how about upcycling them and make “trash crayons”? Now crayons really don’t cost all that much to replace, but if you happen to have a silicone mold for crafting then you can save a couple of dollars by melting the junky bits and creating new crayons!

Strawberry Trash Crayons

Materials:
Silicone strawberry mold
Chopped up crayon bits in complimentary colors (the equivalent of 4 crayons fills two strawberries)

Now let’s stop for a second and talk about the mold, when I bought my mold I didn’t read the description and I thought that it was silicone…it was actually firm plastic, so when I pulled it out of the oven it had started to melt. The mold that I linked to in the materials says that it is silicone and it says it can be heated to 440 Fahrenheit, but I am not 100% sure because I didn’t buy that particular one.

What do you do with all the broken crayons? Upcycle them into new crayons, strawberry trash crayons! Perfect for fun summer crafts, party favors or gifts!Preheat your oven to 350F. I chopped my crayons into coarse pieces with a serrated knife. Carefully fill your strawberries and gently tamp down. If you’re taking pictures of your filled pan, try not to get the camera strap caught on the pan and fling crayons everywhere, I won’t tell you why I am giving you this tid bit, just head the caution.

What do you do with all the broken crayons? Upcycle them into new crayons, strawberry trash crayons! Perfect for fun summer crafts, party favors or gifts!Place the silicone pan on top of a cookie sheet, you might also like to place a piece of parchment paper between your silicone pan and cookie sheet to prevent spillage on your nice pan. Set your pans in the oven and check them after about ten minutes – if they’re not completely melted give them another five minutes. Once melted, pull them out, but don’t be dismayed it’s going to look like the bits of crayon mixed together to create something awful looking. Let the crayons cool and set and when you pop them out you will see all the define bits on the front of the new crayon!

Now it’s time to color! If you already have a mold it saves a few dollars, but more than that it teaches the kiddos to be resourceful! These little crayons are perfect for gifting – just place a handful in a cellophane bag and give to your favorite little, these are also perfect for gifting with an adult coloring book!

What do you do with all the broken crayons? Upcycle them into new crayons, strawberry trash crayons! Perfect for fun summer crafts, party favors or gifts!What do you do with all the broken crayons? Upcycle them into new crayons, strawberry trash crayons! Perfect for fun summer crafts, party favors or gifts!You may also enjoy: Organizing a Tiny Bathroom Closet

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  • Tianna June 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    these crayons are so cute! love this idea :)

  • Nina Lewis June 5, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I’m dropping by from Feathered Nest Friday.

    What a wonderful way to use up broken crayons! The strawberry shape is so fun — and would be easy for hands to grasp.

    I’m have a link party of my own that I’m trying to grow. I think that my readers would really like this idea. I invite you to share it — and a couple of others — at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party at

    All the best,
    Nina

    • Heather June 26, 2015 at 2:18 am

      I didn’t think about that, but that is a good shape/size for little hands! Thank you Nina!

  • Cat @ Pocketful of Posies June 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Heather,

    I think this is a great way to reuse old crayons! I am sorry your mold melted though. It was so cute! I am getting ready to start hosting a new link party with Refresh Living starting this coming Tuesday @ 7pm CST. We would love to have you join us!

    Thank you!

    Cat

  • Kristine Hart June 6, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I saw this @ Frugal Fridays. I always forget to buy some molds! :) Thank you for sharing!

  • Stephanie @ Casa Watkins June 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Great crayons! I love that you made them into strawberries. This would be great for a kid’s party. Thanks for sharing on Friday Favorites.

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