Recycle Broken Crayons and Turn Them Into Party Favors

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This is a great project  for using up those broken old crayon pieces that you’ve got lying around.  It is fun and the kids would enjoy helping. I first found this amazing project over at The Idea Room last year. Since then, I’ve seen it repeated for many holiday occasions all over the internet.  (You can also use brand new crayons if you do not have enough broken ones for your project. This is fun either way!)

These would make great birthday party or classroom party favors and you can adjust them to whatever theme or holiday you’re celebrating.

For this occasion, we are doing heart shaped crayons to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

First, peel the paper off the crayons.

Next, you can sort the crayons by color group, like I did, or mix them up and make confetti colored crayons. Both ways are super fun!

Place all of your broken crayon pieces into muffin tins/silicone oven safe muffin containers. You can find heart shaped silicone muffin containers at Target in the dollar spot for $2.50 this time of year.
Bake them at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes until fully melted. (I have tried to use the silicone ice cube trays thinking they would work. They do not! The silicone melts in the oven. Make sure whatever you are using is oven safe!)
Let the crayons cool 100%. I let mine cool for about an hour. You can also place them in the freezer or fridge to hurry the cooling process along.
Once 100% cool, remove the crayons from the muffin containers.
Place the crayons in clear treat bags.
Using 4×6 card stock and a festive font, create a fun label for your new treats.
Staple the label to the treat bag and you have a super fun, super simple gift!

I will be sharing this project on these crafty sites.


  1. I've seen this idea before but forgot about it. This was a great reminder. I think I'll get my daughter to help me with this project this week. And thanks for the tip about the heart shape silicone pans at Target.

  2. Lauren @ YoungNester says:

    Like Jennifer said, I always forget you can do super creative things with old crayons. Thank you for the inspiration! I would LOVE for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

  3. These look great! and I love the "color your heart out" saying that you added. So adorable. Following you from tutorial Tuesdays. Please stop by my blog when you can.

  4. SAHMmy Says says:

    I think I must have used ice cube trays too…good tip. Ended up baking in cupcake liners then using metal cookie cutters while they were still a little warm. Your edges look so much better (rounded) though. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Jennifer- you can find so many crafty things in the dollar spot at Target! Love that store.

    Lauren- thanks for sharing your linky party! I shared it on your site as well.

    Jamie- isn't the color your heart out so cute? 🙂

    Prairie Patch- yap, do not use the ice cube trays. I was shocked they melted and wax started pouring out of the container onto my cookie sheet.

    SAHMmy- I really like the silicone cupcake pans. It made the crayons super smooth and they were so easy to pop out of the pan.

  6. Love the idea! I especially like the way you packaged the crayon. So creative.

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  8. These turned out super cute! I love how you mixed your colors.

  9. Elizabeth M. says:

    Hmmm. I used silicone ice cube trays (heart shaped) with the oven set at 150 degrees for about 15-20 minutes without a problem. Maybe mine are different?

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