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Crayon Candles and Other Ways to Recycle Crayons

Written by Jen Sill

Written by Jennifer Sill

I have a giant amount of old crayons.  I’m pretty sure many of you do, too.  I keep seeing packs of them at garage sales!!  So, I set out on a Pinterest expedition to find creative ways to use my old crayons.

Here are a few I found: 

1. Make a Candle

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-Remove the paper

-Place wick in the middle.

-Add crayons all around.

-Optional: add smelly oil you can buy at a craft shop in the candle section

-Pour the wax around the wick

975156_10200716438146162_1495206148_n**Note: This candle doesn’t burn for hours.  It lasts about 15 minutes – unless you dump the excess was in the trash every 15 minutes after.

**Also note:  You can melt the wax and pour it around the wick.  It makes the smelly stuff work better if you do it this way.

 **Also:  Wicks are sold in the candle section of your local hobby store.  I didn’t have one so I robbed our emergency candle supply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Rainbow Circle Crayons

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-Melt your crayons in a muffin tin

-Bake at 250 degrees until the wax melts.  It may take different amounts of time depending on your crayon brand.  Ours took less than 10 minutes.

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3. Dot Art

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This one requires a lot of patience.  It worked well for the teens in my life.  

Click here for the full details about this project.

 

4. Blow Dryer Art

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There are some awesome ways to do this.  

I did it with my toddlers, but I would recommend with older kiddos.  There is a lot of heat involved.  We used hot glue guns AND the blow dryer.  

Click here for how we did it and several ‘Pinspirations’ for amazing artwork done with crayons and heat.

About the author

Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She’s helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest.
Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.

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