Have a bunch of broken crayons laying around? There's no need to throw them out! Old and broken crayons can still be used to make some pretty amazing things that you and your kids are going to love.
Here are 5 fun ways to reuse your old crayons:
Crayon Play Dough
Had you ever heard of making play dough using crayons? I know I hadn't! The crayons are an easy way to add some vibrant colors to your dough without having to use food coloring. How cool is that?
Here's how you can make it:
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 1/2 crayons (of the same color)
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar (optional - it will make the dough have a smoother consistency)
- In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Set aside.
- In a large pot over medium low heat add the oil and crayons.
- Stir until the crayons are completely melted.
- Next, slowly add the water. Make sure to keep stirring. It's ok if the crayons form lumps and clumps in the water!
- Gradually add the flour mixture into the pot. Stir until everything is incorporated and mixed well.
- Remove pot from the heat and dump the dough mixture on the counter.
- When the dough is at a safe temperature start kneading until you have a smooth, even consistency.
- Your dough is now ready to be played with! Store in airtight containers to extend the lifespan of your dough.
Tinted Lip Balm
Ever thought of making your own custom tinted lip balm using crayons? Well, maybe you should start! This is a fun and easy way to make your own affordable lipsticks, and the whole project takes only 10 minutes. Love it!
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (per lip balm)
- 1 crayon (per lip balm)
- empty lip balm containers
- mason jars
- Bring water to a boil in a pot or deep pan. You only need enough water to create a double boiler effect, so make sure to check that the water level won't leak over the top of the containers you're using to melt the crayons.
- Add your mason jars to the boiling water.
- Put 2 tbsp of coconut oil in each jar.
- Add your crayons to each jar (break them up so it's easier for them to melt).
- Stir until the oil and crayons are completely melted.
- Remove the jars from the heat and add the mixture to your empty lip balm containers. Make sure to move quickly so that your lip balms don't harden up.
- Once your new lip balms are cool they're ready to use!
Old and broken crayons can be magically transformed into new and wonderful crayons with a little help from your oven. Instead of throwing out the little bits and pieces, put them into silicon or muffin tin molds to create new crayons in fun shapes!
- Old and broken crayons
- Oven safe mold
- Cutting board
- Remove the paper labels from your crayons and set your oven to 250 degrees.
- Using a sharp knife cut your crayons into small pieces and organize by color.
- Place the chopped up crayons into your molds and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the crayons from the oven and let cool. You can place the tray in the fridge to help cool them down more quickly.
- Once cooled they should easily pop out of the mold and are ready to use!
Wax Sealed Envelope
Wax sealed envelopes seem to have mostly disappeared with people choosing to send emails instead of written letters. Why not bring them back with this super easy technique using crayons?
Try it out on birthday cards, wedding invitations, or party invites. They add a touch elegance and charm to your letters and cards, plus you get to play with fire! Since you are using a lighter for this one, make sure to be safe and have an adult operate the lighter.
- Super Glue
- Glue a coin to the end of a cork. If you don't have a coin, you can use anything you like that will create an interesting pattern in the wax.
- Grab your crayon and a lighter.
- Melt the crayon using the lighter and make sure the wax drips onto the middle point of the flap on the envelope.
- Press your coin into the wax while it's still liquid and leave in place until the wax is hardened.
- Your wax seal is now complete!
Sandpaper T-Shirt Transfer
Did you know that you can create fun and unique designs on your clothes using only crayons and sandpaper? It's so easy! It's a fun project to do on a rainy afternoon with your kids, and they'll have so much fun experimenting with designs and creating a whole new wardrobe for themselves.
- Plain t-shirt
- Card stock or stencils
- Make your own stencil using card stock. An easy way to do this is to trace a cookie cutter and cut out the shape. You can also use a pre-made stencil.
- Place your cut out shape on top of the sandpaper and completely color in the shape using crayons. You'll want to make sure you do a thick layer of color so that it transfers well onto the t-shirt.
- Place the sandpaper color side down on your t-shirt and iron over top. Iron for about 20-30 seconds and remove the sandpaper.
- Your crayon and your design will have transferred to the shirt!
DIY Crayon T-Shirt
Here's another fun way to wear your crayons! The sky's the limit when it comes to creating fun t-shirt designs using crayons, and this technique is super fun.
- Parchment paper
- Wooden cutting board
- Pencil sharpener
- Stencil or card stock
- Use a stencil or trace a shape on a piece of card stock. Cut out the shape and place on t-shirt. Make sure to put something behind the shirt, we used a wooden cutting board.
- Take your pencil sharpener and start sharpening your crayons. Fill up your shape with the thin ribbons of crayon.
- Place a piece of parchment paper over top and iron over your crayon pieces for about 10 seconds.
- Remove the parchment paper and stencil and your design is done!
Watch our video below that shows you step by step how to do each of these fun crayon craft projects. Have fun!