Rainbow Crayons

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

My kids always seem to be breaking their crayons to bits and then claiming that they can’t possibly use them in that state. While I’ve given up trying to convince them that they can, in fact, use short bits of crayons, I haven’t given up on the bits being useful. This is one of my favorite ways of reusing broken crayons and it never fails to delight.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Broken crayons
  • Pill bottles
  • Tin can
  • Pot, water and access to a stove
  • Tongs

1. Sort the crayons into color groups and peel off any remaining paper.

2. Break the crayons into small pieces and put the reds into the can.

3. Heat the water to a gentle simmer and set the can in the water to melt the wax.

4. Pour the melted crayons into the bottom of the pill bottle, being careful not to shake the bottle until the wax is set.

5. Once the crayon is hard, repeat the process with the remaining colors, allowing each to cool and harden before adding the next layer.

6. When the last color has started to set, put the bottle in the freezer to harden completely. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove them from the freezer and turn them over, tapping them firmly on the counter to release the crayon from the pill bottle.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

One thought on “Rainbow Crayons

  1. Shara

    I made this however I used medal small cookie cutters on top of was paper. It worked amazing the kids loved it.

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