Upcycled Rocket Crayons


Photo Credit: Crab Apple Designs

If you have a house of young children, you probably have a box or drawer somewhere full of partially used, broken old crayons, as well as nubs of crayons lurking in unexpected corners and beneath couch cushions. Instead of throwing those old crayons out, give your little artists a fresh way to draw while giving your budget a break from the expense of new childrens art supplies. These crayons are larger size, making them easier to hold for younger children whose manual dexterity skills are still developing. Plus, the rocket shape means they have one narrow end and one wider end, allowing children to experiment with different drawing effects.

Things you need:
Old Crayon Pieces
Glass jars
Rocket-style popsicle molds
Popsicle sticks


Photo Credit: Crab Apple Designs

Things to do:
1. Collect old crayons and remove any paper wrappings.
2. Sort crayons by color groups. you are going to be melting them together and you don’t want to end up with a mish-mash of brownish-grayish-black. Place each color group in a separate jar.
3. Fill the pan about halfway with water. Place the jars inside and turn on the heat. As the water boils, the crayons will melt.
4. When crayons have melted completed, remove pan from heat. Use an oven mitt to remove individual jars from the surrounding hot water.
5. Pour melted crayon wax into rocket popsicle molds. You can either fill each mold entirely with one color, or mix colors by partially filling a mold with one hue, waiting for that layer of crayon wax to cool and set, then pouring a new layer in a different color on top.
6. Once you are done pouring the melted crayon, gently place a popsicle stick in each mold, about a 1/3 of the way in the mold.
6. Put the popsicle molds into the freezer for about half an hour.
7. Take popsicle mold out and twist to pop rocket crayons out.

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  1. I’m jealous! No wonder I don’t like to draw or color, I always had broken, nubs n nibs of crayons. There were six children in our household and there were never any decent crayons to use. Now the rocket crayons are inspirational!

    I can see some artist in the future making reference to these beauties!

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