Although my crayon days are long gone, I still remember the frustration of breaking a brand new coloring stick.

But have no fear! Your crayon saving days are here!

These bright an colorful creations are a neat way to find use for those old, broken crayons of yours (or your kids’).

Warning: This craft involves hot, melted wax, so make sure to watch your fingers and have an adult supervising at all times!


  • Dixie Cups
  • Wax
  • Crayons
  • Wicks (available on Amazon)
  • Votives/Candle holder or glass jar
  • Popsicle sticks (for stirring)


  • Microwave
  • A plate stand/bent metal coat hangar for propping up the candles

Recycled Crayon Candles


Step 1: Prepare the Jar

You can buy candle voltives at your local art store or online, but any glass jar will do. Make sure it is nice and clean. Use a Dixie cup to melt a small amount of wax in the microwave. Stir it and then pour a thin layer into your jar, placing the candlewick in the center. Let it harden.

Recycled Crayon Candles

Step 2: Pick the Right Crayons

Any color will do, just keep in mind that some colors match better than others. Since Christmas is coming up, you can even try red, green, and silver! If you don’t have the right colors, try melting some crayons together in a Dixie cup.

Recycled Crayon Candles

Step 3: Prepare Your Colors

Don’t use more than one crayon per color. Fill a Dixie cup with plain wax and then top it up with your selected crayon color. Microwave for four minutes, stirring once at the two-minute mark.

Recycled Crayon Candles

Step 4: Design Your Candle!

Prop up your jar (that’s what the plate holder is for, but really, you can use a wire coat hanger or anything sturdy). Pour in your first color and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. Turn your jar and change up its angle for your second layer. Let it dry again for 20-30 minutes. For your last layer, make sure to sit the jar flat on your workspace so that the top of the candle is level.

You can change up the thickness of each layer. The thicker the layer, the longer it will take to dry.

Recycled Crayon Candles

Recycled Crayon Candles

Step 5: Light Your Candle!

Let your candle dry for one more hour, then you’re all done! Light it up and add some color to your house or holiday party!

Recycled Crayon Candles

Recycled Crayon Candles

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