How to Make Swirled Crayons

by Erin Ringwald
Use your broken crayons to make a swirled, homemade crayon.

Use your broken crayons to make a swirled, homemade crayon.

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A brand new box of crayons can inspire young and old alike to color. However, after a few pictures, those brand new crayons lose their crisp points, the paper wrapping begins to discolor and rip, and they break into small pieces. Instead of tossing those less than desirable crayons in the trash, use them to create new crayons. Using several colors of wax at one time, you can create swirled crayons that change color as you color.

Items you will need

  • Crayons
  • Muffin tin
  • Two soup cans
  • Soap
  • Medium saucepan
  • Plastic spoon
  • Plastic candy mold


Step 1

Remove all paper from the crayons.

Step 2

Break large crayons into 1-inch or smaller pieces.

Step 3

Sort the crayons by colors family. For example, pink and reds, blues and purples, etc.


Step 1

Fill a muffin tin with the broken crayons. Mix the colors in the tin to create different combinations, such as red and blue, or keep one color family per tin.

Step 2

Place the tin in the oven and bake for 275 degrees F, about 7 to 10 minutes, to melt the crayons.

Step 3

Remove the tin from the oven and let the crayons cool overnight. Pop the cooled crayons out of the tin.

Stove Top

Step 1

Clean two empty soup cans using soap and water. Turn the cans upside down and let them dry overnight.

Step 2

Fill each can half full with a different color family of crayons. Choose two color families you want swirled, such as one can with green and another with purple, or one with red and the other with yellow.

Step 3

Fill a medium saucepan with 2-inches of water. Place the saucepan on the stove and heat over medium heat four to five minutes, or until the water simmers. Place both soup cans in the saucepan. Let them heat, stirring the crayons with a plastic spoon. Depending on the type of crayons you are using, melting times will vary between 5 to 10 minutes. Continue to heat and stir periodically until the crayons melt completely.

Step 4

Pour one of the colors of melted crayons into a plastic candy mold. Fill the mold 3/4 full. Pour the second color into the mold, pouring slowly. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors together, being careful to not overmix. Repeat the process with the number of crayons you want to make.

Step 5

Let the crayons cool overnight. Pop the crayons out of the molds.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing a candy mold, choose any shape and size you want.

Photo Credits

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