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How To Make Homemade Crayons In Muffin Tins

Do you have a bunch of broken crayons lying around? Learn easy it is melting new crayons in a muffin tin for a fun recyclable crayon project.

4 homemade colorful crayons with rigid edges.

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There are so many different ways that you can make homemade crayons. This is by far one of the cleanest and easiest ways to make homemade crayons in your oven.

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  • Cupcake Liners*
  • Oven & Oven Mitt
  • Muffin Tin
  • Optional: Cup of Water
  • Old Crayons

*You can make these directly in a muffin tin, but it is super convenient to do this with a foil liner.

foil cupcake liner with crayons on marble table.

Can you use paper liners?

You can see in this image on easily the foil liner came off the wax. You could try paper, but the foil liner was super easy.

hand holding foil liner with DIY crayon.

Before You Begin

You will need to peel the wrapper off the crayons and break them into small pieces.

Easiest Way To Peel Paper Off Of Crayons

Soak the crayons in warm water for about 10-15  minutes. Some of the papers will honestly just fall off. You can even twist your hands over the paper to easily get some of the more stubborn crayon papers to come off. 

crayons soaking in water in cup.

How To Make Muffin Tin Crayons

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

For our oven, we have found that 275 degrees F is the perfect temperature. Just make sure you watch your crayons. No one wants the burnt wax smell in their home.

Step 2: Line Muffin Tin

We used these types of liners and placed them in the muffin tins. If you want your new crayons to be fun shapes consider using cookie cutters in your oven.

Step 3: Add Your Broken Crayons

Fill your liners or muffin tin about 2/3 of the way. Put the color of crayon pieces in there that you know will mix well together.

hand adding broken pieces of crayons to cupcake liners in muffin tin.

We also like adding white crayon pieces for variety.

Step 4: Cook Crayons

Our larger muffin tin crayons took around 9-11 minutes. Keep your muffin tin crayons in the oven until all the wax has melted.

crayons melting in muffin tin in oven.

Step 5: Pull Crayons Out Of The Oven

Once you see that all the wax has melted pull out the DIY crayons immediately. Be careful and also make sure young kids don’t touch the pan.

melted wax in 4 cupcake liners in muffin tin.

Step 6: Let Cool

You can lift the cupcake liner out once you see that the wax has solidified. If you try to peel it too early, your crayon may break.

orange, pink wax partially cooled in cupcake liner.

What if you break your crayon?

Don’t worry, if you were too eager. You can always recook the crayon to get it to go back together.

Step 7: Take The Liner Off

Carefully pull the liner off the crayon.

thumb pulling back silver liner on DIY crayon with muffin tin in background.

Step 8: Have Fun

There are all sorts of ways you can use your new crayons.

hand holding coloful circle crayon with muffin tin in background.

Ideas For Using Crayons

  • You can cut the crayons with a knife to make them smaller
  • Create cool textured line drawings
  • Give them as gifts or as DIY Valentines
  • Create a cool artwork using a watercolor resist

Crayon Melting FAQs

Why does cooking time vary?

The size and the brand of crayons will factor into how long you should bake the DIY crayons. Monitor your crayons when they are in the oven and pull them out when you see all the wax has melted.

How to get a tie-dye effect with your crayons?

Having a variety of sizes and colors will help you get a swirly effect. The smaller the pieces you break, the faster the crayons will melt. We actually like having some larger pieces before we began. We think that it gave our muffin tin crayons a little more of a tie-dye effect instead of just melting to make new solid colors.

What if you don’t want to peel the paper wrappers off the crayons?

Please don’t put the paper in the oven. However, you can purchase unwrapped crayons for your own DIY cupcake liner crayons

What crayons are best to use?

We have found that Crayola crayons give you the brightest colors and melt relatively quickly.

What are other ways to make homemade crayons?

We love making homemade crayons in silicone molds to make our shaped crayons for stocking stuffers or Valentine’s treats. You can even make homemade crayons for DIY stocking stuffers at Christmas.

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How To Make Muffin Tin Crayons

Learn how you can make homemade crayons using cupcake liners and muffin tins.
Print Tutorial
4 homemade colorful crayons with rigid edges.
Prep:5 minutes
Creating:15 minutes
Dry Time:20 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • Muffin Tin


  • Foil Cupcake Liners
  • Old Crayons


  • Preheat oven to 250° F.
  • Peel wrappers off of crayons.
  • Place foil liners in muffin tins.
  • Add broken crayon pieces in liners. Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way up.
  • Cook crayons for 9-11 minutes or until the wax is fully melted.
  • Pull out of the oven as soon as you see the crayons melted.
  • Let the crayons cool until the wax has solified.
  • Carefully peel off liner and have fun drawing with your new crayons.


  • All temperatures and times may vary due to your oven.
  • Check your crayons as they are in the oven and pull them out as soon as they are melted.
  • Use broken crayon pieces that you know will mix well together. 
  • It takes around 20 minutes for the crayons to cool down before being able to take off the liner.
Author: Erin
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