Fun & Creative Ways To Reuse and Repurpose With Crayons!

Posted on April 15, 2015 in Crafts/ DIY/ Kids/ Roundup

crayonroundupWhat is one thing most parents have on hand and usually an endless supply of?  Crayons! Well, we go through crayons like they are water. No joke. My kids use them for basically everything.

Next week I want to repurpose crayons and do a bunch of things we normally wouldn’t do. We are all used to drawing and colouring with them but there are so many other fun ideas, things to create and crafts to do or that involve crayons some way!

If your kids like colouring, making crafts and trying  new things then they will just love this! Colourful, fun and most super easy! 

I’ve put together a list of my top 10 favorite crafts, ideas and things to do and use with crayons!

They are more than just endless fun with paper, crayons can be used for all sorts of fun ideas. Kids will just have a blast with!

1. 4th of July Sun Catchers
2. Leaf Imprints
3. Sew and Tell Old Sweater New Storage
4. Family Dinner Table Decorations
5. Clothes Pin Art Center
6. Crayon Biscuits
7. Melted Crayon Dot Art
8. Fall Leaf Crayon Craft
9. Melted Crayon Fishy Valentines
10. Pretend Magic Potions

If there’s one thing I have learned from being a mom of six it’s ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH CRAYONS! Because, if you don’t there will be tears, there will be fighting and there will be lots of grabbing over colours that you must always have multiples of. Yep, it’s true.

Always make sure you have enough crayons on hand. I generally buy a few packs because well, there has to be enough. Also, see how many fun crafts, art pieces and fun ideas you can create with crayons? I know, so much fun. I can’t wait to dive into all the fun next week!


  • Reply Jaime April 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    We have so many crayons – I’m not sure if we’ll ever use all of them! The broken ones could definitely be repurposed (and should be because otherwise they won’t be used.)

  • Reply Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies April 15, 2015 at 10:13 am

    These are such cool ideas! My son is always leaving little bits of crayon all over the place so this will be helpful! thanks. :)

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

    This is awesome. We have tons of old crayons laying around. Oddly enough, I have been working on a very similar post ;)

  • Reply Sandy April 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

    These are some really fun ideas. We’ve done a few of these. :)

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle April 15, 2015 at 11:56 am

    These are such great ideas. When my kids were little, I was always looking for creative ways to use their mangled crayons. Thanks!

  • Reply Adriana Martin April 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    so many cool options and great ideas for DIY with the kids for after school and when on vacation

  • Reply Catherine S April 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    These are all great ideas. I am going to make some of the 4th of July Sun Catchers.

  • Reply Cara (@StylishGeek) April 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for your list of Crayons DIY and repurposing them! I found a stack recently when I was doing my Spring cleaning and was thinking of just donating them, but realize I may be able to do some crafts with them! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kori Tomelden April 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I remember, in elementary school, making new crayons with old crayons by melting them in a muffin tin. I can’t wait to do that with my kiddos.

    • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle April 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      This is exactly the kind of thing that is SUCH a blast with kids. It’s also a great way to recycle all those busted crayons that they don’t really use anyway.

    • Reply Chrystal @ YUM eating April 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      My mom and I used to do this too!

  • Reply Terri Ramsey Beavers April 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    These are some really cool ways to reuse and repurpose crayons. I’d love to make some of these with the kids, especially the 4th of July Sun Catchers. I think they would be a hit around here.

  • Reply Maria April 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Great suggestions! My teen likes to make candles with leftover crayons we find around the house.

    • Reply Mama to 5 BLessings April 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I would have never thought of using them to make candles. That is a great idea!

    • Reply Kori Tomelden April 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      That is an awesome idea to use them to make candles! I never would think to do that but what a fun and unique idea. Who knew that crayons were so versatile!

  • Reply Kristen from The Road to Domestication April 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    It’s a good thing crayons are cheap LOL Love your ideas! And those sun-catchers!

  • Reply Digna April 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Great ideas. I can’t say how many crayons we have laying around the house. I estimate the count in the thousands. LOL

    • Reply Liz Mays April 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      I think I still have a box full of them in storage. It would be nice to have a use for them.

  • Reply aimee fauci April 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    These look so fun! I like the leaf project. I am so bad, if I see a crayon randomly on the floor, I trash it. I had clutter.

  • Reply Liz Mays April 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    These are such great ways to use crayons! I love the sun catcher idea. Those look really cute!

  • Reply Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly April 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Great ideas, I will send this over my nieces girl scouts troupe leader, I’ll bet they’d put these to good use! Great ideas, thanks for sharing! :)

  • Reply Maureen Campaiola April 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I use to love to crush all the old crayons and make art work with the shavings. Good ideas.

  • Reply Christina Aliperti April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    For Paula Schuck
    These are cool ideas! I can’t wait to make the suncatchers with my nieces. Thanks!

  • Reply Mama to 5 BLessings April 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    What great suggestions. I have made those crayons for my son but I must have done something wrong they turned out too waxy and no color shows up on the paper when you color.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia April 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I can not wait to try a few of these. The sun catchers will be the first thing i try to make. I have so many old crayons i can use.

  • Reply Carol Cassara April 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I love the idea of repurposing and reusing. So refreshing to see parents do this today.

  • Reply Olivia Schwab April 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    What great ideas you have! I never knew what to do with old crayons that I had but these ideas are very creative!

  • Reply Veronica April 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    No crayons in my house anymore. A lot of paint and pencils since both my kids love art

  • Reply Nina Say April 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    i have so many broken crayons at my house, it drives me crazy. I will definitely be putting these ideas to good use.

  • Reply Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way April 15, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I did something similar crayon biscuits for Valentines day! We made heart shaped crayons for our sons kindergarten class.

  • Reply Pam April 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    We used to have so many broken crayons around our house. We always made them into shaped crayons!

  • Reply Kecia April 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I need to start saving all the broken and overused crayons! I usually just toss them out, but these are such cute ideas.

  • Reply Theresa April 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I bet I have at least 20 boxes of broken crayons. No joke! These are all great ways to repurpose them!

  • Reply Heather D. (@GirlGoneMom) April 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Love those sun catchers. I collect the broken crayons for crafts :)

  • Reply Vera Sweeney April 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    These are all great ways to reuse your crayons! I hate how we always seem to end up with pieces the kids won’t use.

  • Reply Amber NElson April 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    What great ideas! We will have to try some of these at home!

  • Reply michele d April 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    What super cute idea! Love the colors. My kids would love making this.

  • Reply Jessica Harlow April 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    These are all great ways to use up some of those odds and ends crayons we have! I love the sun catchers best though!

  • Reply M from K&M: The Stay-at-Home Life April 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    the suncatchers idea is very creative. My fav for sure.

  • Reply Raijean April 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Ok, I’ve been looking for ways to use all of them broken crayons. We will be doing this asap.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose April 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

    That’s a great idea! We have so many crayons here that we can use for a theme like that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Fi Ní Neachtáin April 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    There are so many cool things that can be done with crayons. I saw some melted down and put into robot molds before, they came out fab! :)

  • Reply christina April 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I love these ideas! Especially the 4th of July sun catchers. I am the idea girl/sharer in my house, but sadly am not crafty. The hubby however will love doing this, thank you!

  • Reply Roselynn April 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Although I’m not a mom yet, I have definitely embraced the crayon lesson working with children at the YMCA. I love all the crafting ideas with crayons you listed and I’m sure the kids in the summer will looking doing a lot of these. And it saves those poor dying crayons that have seen better days from just being tossed out.

  • Reply CourtneyLynne April 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

    These are some great ideas!!! We have so many random crayons laying around that I really should do one of these projects to get rid of the randoms lol.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose April 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Both of my kids did the leaf imprints project in school and they turned out really beautiful. I framed them and hang them in their bedroom walls. There are so many crafty things you can make with crayons.

  • Reply Anita Utami April 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    These are wonderful ideas! I am sure I can have fun with these too. They are not only for kids :) I like how colorful everything is. Thanks for doing the compilation of ideas.

  • Reply Bonnie @ wemake7 April 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    These are fantastic ideas! Having 5 kiddos we see our fair share of crayons. =) Will have to try some of these.

  • Reply Ourfamilyworld April 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Those are great ideas to repurpose crayons. I will make sure to use few of them with my daughter

  • Reply Donna Ward April 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Jeanine, Of course, we had soooo many crayons to keep organized! So these would have been some fabulous creative ideas to work on with my son!! And, it looks like there’s some for me to do on my own now – since he’s all grown up! :) Thank you

  • Reply Melissa April 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I love all of these ideas for using the tons of crayons we have around our home. We literally have buckets of crayons in my office and I have been looking for some great ways to use them, Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!

  • Reply Chrystal @ YUM eating April 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I have ziplock bags full of crayons that we don’t use any more. Kiddo has those twist crayons now. No breaks! So, I’ll have to get creative and try some of these things. I refuse to throw them away!

  • Reply Christi from April 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    When I was a kid (ok I was a teenager), we use to melt all of the crayons together to make one big crayon that wrote/colored/drew in different colors. It was sort of neat. I really like these ideas that you have here. I will have to try some of them with the left over crayons that we have lying around here. Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply HilLesha April 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought of the sun catchers in a million years. However, I MUST try this project with my son soon! He would love it.

  • Reply Amber C. April 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my gosh i LOVE those sun catchers! Me and my son LOVE doing crafts, we would love to do this!

  • Reply April G April 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    When I say I have enough crayons, I mean I have SO many crayons! Boxes and boxes and every new school year and every child’s birthday, we get another box. I love these ideas. Pinning!

  • Reply Cinny April 17, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Those are great ideas! Repurposing always makes them something new and wonderful again!

  • Reply Lisa Rios April 17, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Sounds like a fun and cute idea. I never thought of using old crayons to make new candles. I really love the idea of Dinner table decorations and Fall leaf Crayon craft as well. Would love to try this.

  • Reply Lynndee April 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Creative ways indeed and for sure, kids will have fun with those. My son has a lot of crayons that he’s not using anymore. Great idea!

  • Reply Yona Williams April 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I have been dying to create a melted crayon art piece for years. My blog logo is a girl holding an umbrella, and I would like to do something where the melted crayons look like a rain shower.

  • Reply Krystal April 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    These look really awesome! My son LOVES to buy crayons every shopping trip so we certainly have way too many!

  • Reply Erin Kennedy April 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    This is a fantastic list! I love crayons and I am sure that kids would love every single project! Those stars are awesome! I also love any crayon art. It is so pretty!

  • Reply Erin April 17, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    These are all fabulous ideas! I love anything that requires me to use up those last little nubbins of crayon.

  • Reply Regina April 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    These are really neat DIY ideas! I love the Melted Crayon Fishy Valentines the most. I would have never thought to melt crayons into to fun shapes for my child when he was younger. Super cutesy!

  • Reply Nile April 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Great ideas! I love seeing when people repurpose something and it doesn’t become another piece of waste. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Reply Camesha | Mama Motivator April 18, 2015 at 12:10 am

    These are all great ideas. We have a TON of crayons around here too! Need to do something with them.

  • Reply TheWoMom April 18, 2015 at 1:27 am

    My boys are now teens but i agree, we don’t run out of crayons at home when they were younger because that’s among the stuff that could put them still. :D :D. These are awesome awesome ideas! I especially love the DIY crayon candy bowl.

  • Reply SHARON WONG April 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Great ideas! These would be great to do with kids, and they look so cute as well. I have a whole box of crayons laying around my house and it would be great to out them to use. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Reply Stefani Tolson April 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

    These are some really fun ideas. I want to try to make the suncatchers with my kids.

  • Reply Alyssa C April 20, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Great ideas! We like to melt our broken crayons into new shapes! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Aisha Kristine Chong April 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I would never have thought of this – very smart way to reuse it!

  • Reply Melissa Vera April 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I love these ideas so much we always have lots of broken crayons laying around.

  • Reply Myra Endicott March 15, 2016 at 8:49 am

    These are some great ideas! My girls will love the idea to reuse their old crayons this way. We are recently talking more about recycling, re-purposing stuff and reducing waste. This will be a great weekend project for us. Thanks for the inspiration!

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