Recycling to Create a New Crayon

I am a Pre-K teacher and my students really love to color. They make drawings and color pictures all the time. This creates several piles of crayon nubs. I always hate to waste things, so I started recycling the tiny crayon nubs by melting them down into new and fun shapes!

I have had my fair share of problems with my new creations…

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but they do look cool once they are finished. The wax overflowed in the mold. This can be fixed by chipping the excess off, or my using a lighter to reshape the edges.

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You can also find other crayons in my Etsy shop. The dinosaur crayons in the mold above are for my class, but I make other shapes too.

Melted Crayon Art

There are several examples of melted crayon art all over the internet. I looked at several examples and then tried to make my own art.

 

I used an 8×11 canvas

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Something to hold the canvas up( I used a traffic cone in the backyard)

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painters tape or artist tape

 

I started out by following the instructions from this pin: here

Melting crayons and getting their drips to go where you want them to go on the canvas is harder than it looks.

At first I had tried to make something like a vase of flowers. Here is how that turned out:

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I had wanted the vase section to be blue, so I got some blue crayons. I taped them to a traffic cone outside and used the hairdryer to melt them onto the canvas. Then I took the canvas inside. Inside I took a candle and held the green crayon over the flame until it was almost ready to drip. Then I quickly let the drip fall onto the places I wanted the stems to be. You can see this in the picture above. It is the green dots.

 

I hated the result!

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So then I got the lighter and the same canvas and started letting each individual crayon drip onto the canvas.

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It ended up looking really cool and having an awesome texture. So I ended up with a completely different version of melted crayon art.

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