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Friday, February 3, 2012

Recycled Crayon Art

My kitchen's dry erase board houses a perpetual list of craft supplies.  Wooden pictures frames, special glues, hanging wire, certain colors of spray paint all linger on the list, waiting to be purchased to craft away an afternoon.

Sometimes, though, a play date arises (or a Friday morning), and my eyes flit around the house for an easy craft that uses supplies I have readily available.  Repurposing old crayons seemed like a great way to stretch my craft dollars.

Recently, I began eye-balling the crayon bag-a large plastic bag housing the millions of crayons ousted from their proper homes, boxes bent or torn beyond proper use.  Lurking within the crayon bag are the misfits of coloring time, the remnants of crayons past their prime, broken, labels peeled, and frowned upon by my occasionally particular daughter.

You can recycle these crayons and make them the star of the show with a little help from waxed paper and an iron.

an iron
wax paper sheets (a roll works fine)
the crayon bag

separate misfit crayons
remove paper

divide into colors or color families
(we used plastic bags, but piles would work just as well)

let almost-four year old bash crayons into pieces
(I used my scrapbooking cutting mat to protect the table)

divide crayon pieces into small bowls (or piles)
contemplate adding glitter
decide against glitter
lay down a dish towel, then wax paper
make a pile of crayon pieces

cover with another sheet of wax paper

iron* (very low heat) until you see this:
*I did this step, "supervised" by the kids

let cool (it only takes a few minutes)
peel from wax paper

thread with ribbon
(I used a wooded skewer to make the holes)
hang from dining room light*
*optional in the case of homes not decorated with preschooler artwork

Abbey and her friend loved this craft.  Dylan and the friend's little sister kept trying to eat the crayon pieces.  Bowls of pretzels were provided as substitutes for waxy snacks, and they were a great distraction during the ironing part of the project.

I might experiment with using cookie cutters next time, pressing into the cooling wax to make different shapes.  Using similar, or lighter, colors seems to work best.

We'll definitely be doing this again, because crayon scraps are always popping up around our house!

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13 Comments:

  • At February 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM , Anonymous Nichole said...

    Oh, Katie is going to LOVE this one! 
    Can't wait to try it. :)

     
  • At February 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    And it's really not that messy!  In the future, I might stick more with lighter colors - yellows, pinks, lighter purples & blues, etc.  I guess it depends on what crayons you have available really :)

     
  • At February 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM , Anonymous Nicole Rivera said...

    I have been fascinated by melting crayons since I was little. There was this man in our mall that had a cart full of all of these awesome 4 by 6 "paintings." I suppose I was drawn to them because they were small. Anyway, one day we were near his cart when he was creating one. The man didn't use any paint - it was all crayon. He had some sort of hot plate, he'd melt the edge of the crayon and then, holding the cool end, he would "paint" on the canvas with the richest, deepest color I had ever seen. My mom bought the one he made that day. I think I still have it somewhere. If I dig it out, I'll attach a picture!
    I love your craft because it reminds me of those rich, flowing colors. Such a vivid memory for me, in all senses of the word.

     
  • At February 3, 2012 at 10:20 PM , Anonymous jentos23 said...

    Cool idea! They turned out great!

     
  • At February 4, 2012 at 3:57 PM , Anonymous Elaine A. said...

    My mom and I did this when I was a little girl.  I have fond memories of it!  So creative and fun and yes, a great way to use all those old crayons.

     
  • At February 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Anonymous jessica said...

    What a neat idea, I think I did this years ago and can't wait to try it with the kids.

     
  • At February 5, 2012 at 7:35 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Abbey loved it.  And now won't let me take them down :)

     
  • At February 5, 2012 at 7:36 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Oh, how fun is that?  I guess our moms were pretty smart after all...even without Pinterest and Google ;)

     
  • At February 5, 2012 at 7:36 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Thanks Jen!  We had a lot of fun with it, too.

     
  • At February 5, 2012 at 7:38 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I read you can do that! (paint with the wax.)  I think we'll try that when Abbey is a little older.  I guess you can even do it by melting the pieces and using a brush when they're still in that melty state.

    And what a beautiful impression that man made, all those years ago.

     
  • At February 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM , Anonymous Pammie Williams said...

    I've taken broken crayons and melted them in  a muffin pan... you can swirl, blend,etc and make wonderful crayon "waffles".  Lots of fun for little hands and  "adult" size hands too!  Thanks for sharing.

     
  • At February 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM , Anonymous sandee said...

    that is such a great ideal also we save up our old cryolas and sort them by color than peel the rapper off them than in a small can we melt them down and than  let them cool a little  to where the wax is warm not hot and than roll them in to balls so when thay use blank paper thay have fun shaped color crans to coloe with

     
  • At February 6, 2012 at 12:08 AM , Anonymous Kimberly said...

    This is so cute! I used to do this with my class when I taught and the kids loved it!

     

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