How To Recycle Old Crayons

If you are a parent, care giver or teacher with young children you’ve probably wondered what to do with all those broken and small pieces of crayon you have lying around.

I stumbled across this great solution from Crayola today.

It’s the Crayola Crayon Maker! It turns crayon bits and pieces into new crayons in wild color combinations.  Just mix in crayon bits, melt them down, pour into the mold and let harden. Now you’re ready to color again with swirling crayon creations.

Crayola Crayon Maker:
  • Winner of Oppenheim Platinum Award for excellence in the area of child development and children’s media
  • Safety latch lid stays locked while melting for safe fun
  • Coated melting tray allows for easy clean-up after use
  • Requires 60-watt clear, colorless candelabra bulb
  • Crayola Crayon Maker includes one plug-in unit with locking hood
  • Mini crayon maker mold and crayon mold frame
  • 8 unlabeled crayons
  • 2 crayon couplers and instruction sheet for the Crayola Crayon Maker
I have just ordered this online from Walmart.  You can also check for local store availability.
At around $20 this is a great buy.  Just remember to get the 60-watt clear, colorless candelabra bulb if you are giving this as a gift as the bulb is NOT included.  We were able to pick up a 2 pack at our local CVS store.
Update Dec 30th 2010 – we made our first batch of crayons today and the kids had a blast.   The timer did get stuck on our machine to start with but once that was resolved things went smoothly.  Cleaning the trays afterwards is not as simple as explained in the instructions.  Hopefully the clean up doesn’t deter from using it.
I also stumbled across this video that demonstrates how the Crayola Crayon Maker works.

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4 thoughts on “How To Recycle Old Crayons

  1. I got this for my daughter for Christmas. However, we got it all hooked this morning. You have to purchase a light bulb to put in it. A specific type of bulb….and it didn’t work. I don’t know if the bulb is wrong so I’m going to try again. If the 2nd bulb doesn’t work I’m going to be very disappointed! I thought this was a great gift.
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  2. Amy – I thought ours was broken as our bulb wouldn’t turn on. I was certain it was because the timer was not turning all the way. I loosened the cover from above the bulb and turned the machine upside down and it was like magic, the timer now works.

    We made our first crayon batch tonight and they seem to have worked out fine.

    I hope you get one that works.

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