Broken bits of crayons are never scarce at my home. We have been known to bake our crayons bits in star-shaped silicone molds so that they can live to color another day. Being that it is the holiday season, it occurred to me that with a simple little tweak we could make our broken bits of crayons into DIY Christmas tree ornaments. Not only are they cute, but when little kids come over you can take them right off the tree and gift them to your guests.
Here’s how you can make your own.
- Broken bits of crayons
- Oven-safe silicone mold in whatever shape you like (I got my star one at Michael’s, you can also find them at Amazon. Make sure they are for the oven, not the kind you make ice with as those will melt and I will point and laugh at you.)
- Twine, yarn, or even dental floss to make the hanging loops for the ornaments
- Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Preheat your oven to 250°. Remove all the paper from broken crayons. Place the broken bits of crayon in the silicone mold about 3/4 full. Don’t overfill. Put the silicone tray on top of cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is there to protect your cookie sheet from spills. Bake for about 22 minutes, check on them so they don’t burn.While the crayons are in the oven, cut lengths of twine, yarn, or dental floss and tie them at the ends so that you have a little loop.
Once the crayons have melted all the way through, remove them from the oven and place the loops with the knot part inside the melted crayons and the rest of the loop draping over the side of the mold. Let the crayons cool COMPLETELY. Remove the stars from the mold and hang the ornaments on your tree.