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Being Creative with Color Crayons

Updated on October 24, 2017
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A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

If you are like me and have kids who love to color and draw with crayons, then it is a no-brainer to get creative and find interesting and unique uses for color crayons.

I found ideas that call for new crayons as well as old crayons. Either way, these are great ideas to add color to your home or office.


Picture Frame

Because crayons are so colorful, making a picture frame out of colored crayons is a logical choice. Felt So Cute shares step-by-step instructions on how to craft a crayon picture frame.

They site suggests making the picture frame for your teacher, but I think they can be made for anyone. The project will send you to a crafts store where you will need to buy a basic picture frame, several boxes of new crayons, a hot glue gun, small saw, and fine grit sandpaper. It looks like it will take a whole afternoon to make the frame.

Melted Crayon Spring Bouquet

This project caught my eye right away. These are so beautiful, and I would love to hang them on the wall in my office.

Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop says the crayon bouquet is creative, fun, and easy to make. The craft calls for crayons, a canvas, hot glue, dry flowers, newspaper, and a heat gun. The heat gun is what runs the color crayons together, creating a dripping look from the crayons.


Crayon Carvings

Lauren at Honestly WTF turned me on to this talented woman, who does carvings from crayons. What a great idea and these carvings are so interesting.

Diem Chau doesn’t offer how to do it. But, I am mentioning her work because it is so unique and creative. I am sharing this with you in case you carve with wood. You might want to try carving crayons.


Batik Fabric with Crayons

Suzy Sitcom offers a unique and interesting way to use crayons. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing using whole cloth. Here Suzy uses crayons instead of wax. Suzy is a quilter, so the idea was easy for her to imagine.

She used several boxes of crayons that she purchased at the Dollar Store, 100% cotton fabric, asphalt fabric spray paint, black fabric pen, cheap paintbrushes, muffin tin, deep dish griddle, newspaper, and an iron. The whole process is quite intricate but amazing to see.

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Sun Catchers

I found a really unique and creative use for crayons called Sun Catchers from The Suburban Mom. Jen writes about creating heart shapes for Valentine’s Day. She also says it is really simple to create and super quick to make.

Her directions are easy to follow and all you need is old crayons, wax paper, parchment, manual pencil sharpener or knife, and an Iron. Keep in mind, the project doesn’t take a whole lot of crayons.


Painting with Melted Crayons

My late father was an artist, and I remember being impressed with his detailed sketch of a lion. It was as if I could feel and touch the mane. I wonder if he thought of abstract art or created versions of abstract art. Since he passed away when I was six, I don't think I will ever know. This idea of painting with melted crayons looks like so much fun. I would have been in seventh heaven doing this with my father.

So, these were some interesting and unique uses for crayons. My kids and I can do these crafts together because they will definitely need my help with heating the crayons and shaving them with a knife.

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      Kenna McHugh 6 weeks ago from Northern California


      Two is such a great age to start with arts and crafts. With your guidance, she can do Sun Catchers.

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      Dabby Lyric 6 weeks ago from US

      Way cool and fun ideas! I never thought of using crayons in such a way...Brilliant! The various projects shown are just stunning! It would be fun for the kids and parents to do. My babygirl's almost 2, I'm sure that we can find something age appropriate for.