The Great Crayon Reform: How To Revitalize Used Crayons

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The older the artist, the smaller the crayons become. Many kids don’t have a problem with broken crayons. Many kids ignore them. Many kids get gifted several boxes of crayons in a year, or build up a collection over time. Throwing crayon pieces away is one of the most dissatisfying clean-up jobs to parents and day-care providers. Creative ones have decided that recycling these crayons is a worthwhile endeavor, and making new, useful crayons is a most popular project. Here are some ideas to get you started on your way to a new crayon life.

The Double-Boiler method: Using no one’s favorite pan, melt the crayons on the stove in a double boiler. This is done by placing water in a p


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4 Responses to The Great Crayon Reform: How To Revitalize Used Crayons

  1. Mama Sage says:

    Or make “stained glass” by shaving the used crayons and ironing them between two sheets of waxed paper! I used to do it as a kid and we are doing it at my cookie party this year to decorate my big diningroom picture window. Last year we did snowflakes.

  2. DivaJean says:

    I thank my lucky stars that a few years back I bought a Crayola crayon maker machine on Black Friday. That thing has saved me tons on crayons- my kids like making new ones almost more than the coloring.

    This has a melter plate on top of the machine that gets hot from a light bulb , then the melted crayon pours into a mold to make 4 crayons.

    My kidlets like to save up similar colors and make up new color names. I use regular office labels to be the new crayon label and write whatever name they create on it. My 8 year old dram queen daughter might name an orange crayon “Maine Sunset” while my son who is 5 might name a green crayon “Oscar the Grouch Green.” It’s fun to let them get creative in naming their newly minted colors!

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  4. Catherine Bertolotti says:

    that is great…but I want to know the best way to bust them up into tiny pieces for a mosiac. Any ideas ???? thanks

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