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Upcycle Broken Crayons with These Colorful DIY Projects

If you have children at home, you probably have a large stash of crayons that are broken or otherwise too small to color with. Instead of simply tossing them in the trash, give them a new lease of life by incorporating them into one of these fun craft projects.

Shaped Crayons

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One of the most popular ways to recycle broken crayons is to turn them into new shaped rainbow crayons. Look for interesting silicone molds for this project at your local dollar store. (Just remember that molds used for crafting need to be kept separate from the ones used for food!) Good Knits has the details.

Homemade Play Dough

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Homemade play dough is easy to make with ingredients you already have on hand and can be colored any shade you wish using a few broken crayons. Visit Sugar Aunts for the recipe.

Crayon Floam Dough

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If your kids are tired of ordinary play dough, use broken crayons to add color to this foamy, lightweight modeling material. This is an excellent sensory material for toddlers and preschoolers, taking just 15 minutes to make. Get the recipe at Sugar Aunts.

Crayon Candles

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The wax in broken crayons can be used to create pretty layered candles in recycled glass containers, making this project both frugal and fun. Use fragrance oil to add the scent of your choice to your creation. Head over to Adventures in Making to learn more.

Decorated Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Plain glass Christmas tree ornaments get a colorful upgrade with this simple family-friendly craft project. These ornaments, in addition to being great decorations for your own tree, also make lovely gifts for family and friends. Visit Raining Hot Coupons for the full project instructions.

Melted Crayon Rocks

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“Painting” on rocks with the wax from melted crayons is a project that’s fun for all ages. The finished rocks can be displayed in a bowl or used to decorate your garden. The Artful Parent has an easy to follow tutorial for this DIY project.

Crayon Monogram

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A monogram made from crayons makes a cute gift for a teacher. Learn how to complete this memorable crayon art project at A Mom with a Lesson Plan.

Crayon Quote Wall Art

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Use crayons in the same color family to create a pretty background to showcase a favorite quote or saying. Learn more about this technique by visiting From Bare Hands.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

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This melting technique takes a some practice to master, but the results are quite impressive. Use the finished canvas as artwork for your child’s playroom or as a playful reminder to stay in touch with your own inner child. Head over to Decoist to learn more even as you explore 50 other cool wall art ideas!