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DIY homemade crayons

Have old Crayola crayons laying around?

If you’re looking for a fun DIY craft to do with the kids, Hip2Save reader, Mackenzie, found an easy and simple way to turn old, ugly crayons into fun, new coloring tools for her kids!


Crayola crayons in a bag

Homemade crayons are a fun and easy project at our house. We used the broken crayons that my sister and I had growing up. These crayons are more than 20 years old, but they upcycle beautifully!

making homemade crayons

Just peel the crayons, break into pieces, and melt. We use the IKEA ice cube trays. I will never throw away another broken crayon. Happy upcycling, fellow Hip2Savers, from wild and wonderful West Virginia!


Such a fun and frugal idea!

Thank you, Mackenzie, for sharing your Crayola DIY with us – we can’t wait to try it out with our kids while they’re home! ❤️

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Comments 17

  1. ImThatJennay

    I tried this with the ikea trays and it was a disaster! My poor microwave! The trays were stained and smelled like crayon wax. I had to toss it out. Not sure what I did wrong but they definitely didn’t turn out like the photo. I used crayons crayons too. So bummed!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh no! Sorry to hear about that. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Melissa Rice

    I have gingerbread crayons. I used the oven. After I was done, I baked the oven for a couple of hours so it was safe for food again.

  3. Jay

    I did it last year on my grill. I sprayed those little tin pans with non stick spray, baked them on one of my older grills top rack with lid closed. Popped them out of the foil boats after they cooled, wiped em down and cut them into fat crayons. All the mess and smell not in my house lol. I had so many broken or short crayons with 4 kids and didn’t want to toss them.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great idea, Jay! Thanks for letting us know how it worked for you!

  4. PrincessMom

    If you do this in a food mold (like ice cube trays) you really shouldn’t use them for food afterward–dedicate them to being “craft molds” and you can also use them for melt & pour soap and things like that.

  5. Ashley

    We did heart shaped ones for Valentine’s day boxes at school once. Pretty fun and so cute!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, Love that idea, Ashley! Thanks for commenting!

  6. Kaycee

    My mom did this when I was little with cupcake liners in a muffin tin, these always reminded me of Reese’s peanut butter cups 😂 but were so fun to play with

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Haha! So fun!

  7. jen

    Be ready to battle with trying to peel the wrappers on off brand crayons. Try soaking them in warm water, it helps a bit.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Great tip about soaking them in water! Thanks!

  8. Mackenzie

    This is me! I place mine in shallow, simmering water. Try that instead of the microwave 🙂

  9. MombieZombie

    We used to dump the shavings out of the back of the crayon box between sheets of wax paper and iron them gently to make bookmarks.
    Don’t remember how we did the edges or if we even did edges. Anyone?

  10. Amy

    I have the Crayola crayon maker that does this in the shape of a crayon and honestly have just played with it myself many times 😂

  11. Wendy

    I have made heart shaped ones for my kids to give for Valentine’s Day and Crayola ones work the best. I used to use all the ones we got at restaurants but they gave off a chemical smell. I use a silicone tray and line a cookie tray with foil. 220 degrees for about 20 minutes. Don’t use the mold for food once you use it for crayons.

  12. roks

    What a wonderful idea! I’m going to try this with my kids. Can the person who posted this idea please share what method you used to melt the crayons in the ice cube tray?

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