7 Fun and Unexpected Things You Can Do With Crayons
Waxing poetic about the most underrated art supply.
Sarah Burns · about 2 months ago
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There’s nothing else quite like it: a clean sheet of paper, choosing just the right colors for your masterpiece, and taking a deep breath before diving in to execute your artistic vision! Here are some creative, crayonspirational projects and a few of our favorite crayon options to try because coloring your world should never be dull!
1. Melted Crayon Pumpkin
A colorful, carve-free way to decorate a pumpkin! The Best Ideas for Kids walks you through this marvelously melty project that looks like a work of modern art when it’s finished. Big chunks of broken crayons work best for this project, so if you find yourself with a crayon surplus, this is an excellent project for using up those half-crayons.
When you’re ready to replace those used-up crayon halves or need to supplement your stash with some new colors, try Eco-Dough crayons. They’re made with soy, beeswax, and 100% natural pigments, and they’re hexagonal like a pencil so that they won’t roll away in-between uses.
2. Crayon Shaving Art
Any artist who appreciates little details knows that the mound of shavings from sharpening your crayons can pile up fast – but you don’t have to let that delightful rainbow go to waste in the trash! Skip to my Lou has the perfect project for all those shunned shavings.
The more colors used in this project, the more interesting the final result will be, and this set of Kid Made Modern’s Confetti Crayons pack a ton of bang for their buck when it comes to color combos!
3. Molded Crayons
Did you know that you can turn crayons into basically any shape you can think of? Their low melting point makes them ideal for shaping with silicone molds! Check out this incredible pack of silicone brick molds and make Legos you can color with!
This is a fantastic project for using up the small, busted bits of crayons rattling around the bottom of the box. Not only is this a super easy and fun project, but teaching2and3yearolds.com takes this artistic activity a step further by turning it into an educational color sorting game.
Alternatively, if you love the look but want to skip to the coloring part, this pack of perfectly charming gnomes would love to join you for a coloring adventure.
4. Crayon Candles
How lovely are these cheerful DIY candles? Pick your favorite colors and scents, and instantly brighten up any room with a set that matches your decor. This tutorial by Crafts Unleashed uses the microwave, so you don’t even have to go hunting for a double boiler.
This craft is perfect for when your crayon stash down to little wax nibs, but when it’s time to replenish your supply, try Ooly Left Right Ergonomic Crayons. The unique shape helps comfortably train hands-on how to hold a pen or pencil.
5. Leaf Rubbings
This is a great project to wind down with after a family hike – collect your favorite leaves along the way to create this colorful, creative, and educational craft. First Palette has all the details, but the trick to making those veins stand out is to use the flat surface of the crayon, not the point.
Try these gemstone crayons by Kid Made Modern for this project. Their flat, faceted sides are perfect for leaf rubbings, and their chunky shapes make them easy to grip while coloring.
6. Melted Crayon Ornaments
Crafts Unleashed can show you how to create these gorgeous orbs of swirling candy colors with a pack of clear ornaments and some broken bits of crayon. Make a batch of these delightful decorations to dangle anyplace that could use a pop of color!
And if bold colors are your thing, you might want to consider trying Ooly Rainbow Sparkle Watercolor Gel Crayons. The colors are vibrant, and their shimmer will dazzle you. The water-activated pigments transform into watercolors with the touch of a brush.
7. Decorate a T-Shirt with Crayons
Scribbling one day, creating designer duds the next! This technique works best with designs that have large, bold shapes and blocks of color – so save the fine details for another time.
What You’ll Need:
A light-colored cotton t-shirt
Crayons – we recommend Ooly Color Appeel Crayons; the sturdy, peel-away wrapper means less breakage
A rubber band or hair-tie
A hardcover book or binder about the same size as what you’d like to draw on the shirt
Step 1: Lay the towel down to use as your workspace. Position the hardcover book or binder inside the shirt underneath the spot your drawing will go.
Step 2: Use the rubber band or hair tie to gather the rest of the shirt in a bunch at the back of the book or binder, so the part you’ll be coloring on is stretched over the flat surface.
Step 3: Color your design.
Step 4: Remove the rubber band or hair tie and straighten out the shirt. Put a paper towel underneath where you drew your design; put another paper towel on top of your design. Set your iron to low and iron over the design. The wax will melt and soak into the paper towel.
Step 5: Repeat this process with new paper towels until there’s no more wax on the paper towels after ironing.
Step 6: Put your shirt in the dryer by itself on low for about 20 minutes and it’s ready to wear! Your creation should be hand washed to prevent fading.
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