A box of 100 Crayola crayons will color a lot of coloring books, but did you know that crayons have a lot of other uses, too.
For instance, do you have a vase you love but it has a crack in it? You can find a crayon that matches the color and hold the tip of the crayon over a match. When the crayon begins to drip, let it drip into the crack. When the wax dries, you can scrape off the excess crayon and you have your vase back in working order.
If you make a crayon mark on a yard or so of your thread before filling a bobbin, you will know when your bobbin is running out of thread when the colored thread shows up.
You can also rub a matching crayon over a nick in the furniture and it will fill it in. No need to go to the store and hunt for a “furniture crayon”.
If you have a knob that has markings that are indented but the color is worn off, color over the markings with a crayon. After the crayon has filled the letters and numbers, wipe off the excess crayon.
You can make a candle that matches the decor of any room. Find a crayon or two that are close to the colors in your room. Scrape some of the crayon off and melt it with some wax. You can then purchase a plain white candle and dip it, swirl it or paint it with the melted crayon and wax mix. When you are finished dipping or swirling it, dip your candle in some cold water to help it dry faster. Now you have a candle you designed that matches your room. Please be careful working with hot wax though.
You can dip pine cones into melted crayons and make pretty fire starters for campfires or for fireplaces. Put some in a small basket, add a bow to the basket and you have a very unique gift.
Speaking of fires, scrape some old crayons onto a piece of wax paper. The shaved crayon should be in a long line. When you are finished, roll up the wax paper and twist the ends like a tootsie roll. These are also great fire starters for campfires.
You don’t have to have special crayons to mark Easter eggs. Take any crayon and draw a picture or write a name on your eggs with it. Then dip it into the dye and your drawing or name stands out.
There are all sorts of children’s crafts you can make with old, broken crayons. Try taking some construction paper and cutting out the shape of a stained glass window. Put a sheet of foil on your ironing board and a piece of wax paper on top of that. Lay the frame you cut out down next and start shaving different colors of crayon in the window areas. When you are finished, put another piece of wax paper on top and another piece of foil on top of that. Lightly iron your project with a warm iron. Pull off the waxed paper and foil next. The children will have a beautiful stained glass window they can hang in their window. Again, be careful of the children being in the same room with a warm iron.
Crayons can be a lot of fun whether you are coloring, creating something or fixing something. If you don’t have any crayons at your house, you need to add a box to your of colorful world.