Recycling to Create a New Crayon

I am a Pre-K teacher and my students really love to color. They make drawings and color pictures all the time. This creates several piles of crayon nubs. I always hate to waste things, so I started recycling the tiny crayon nubs by melting them down into new and fun shapes!

I have had my fair share of problems with my new creations…

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but they do look cool once they are finished. The wax overflowed in the mold. This can be fixed by chipping the excess off, or my using a lighter to reshape the edges.

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You can also find other crayons in my Etsy shop. The dinosaur crayons in the mold above are for my class, but I make other shapes too.

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Melted Crayon Art

There are several examples of melted crayon art all over the internet. I looked at several examples and then tried to make my own art.

 

I used an 8×11 canvas

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Something to hold the canvas up( I used a traffic cone in the backyard)

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I started out by following the instructions from this pin: here

Melting crayons and getting their drips to go where you want them to go on the canvas is harder than it looks.

At first I had tried to make something like a vase of flowers. Here is how that turned out:

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I had wanted the vase section to be blue, so I got some blue crayons. I taped them to a traffic cone outside and used the hairdryer to melt them onto the canvas. Then I took the canvas inside. Inside I took a candle and held the green crayon over the flame until it was almost ready to drip. Then I quickly let the drip fall onto the places I wanted the stems to be. You can see this in the picture above. It is the green dots.

 

I hated the result!

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So then I got the lighter and the same canvas and started letting each individual crayon drip onto the canvas.

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It ended up looking really cool and having an awesome texture. So I ended up with a completely different version of melted crayon art.

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Nesting Balls

Today I have created a bird nesting ball. I found this craft on Pinterest and I based it off of the nesting balls described on Beneath the Rowan Tree.

 

First I went through my crafting supplies and looked for some scraps.

I was able to find:

  •  yarn
  • different kinds of string
  • scraps of paper
  • and I had just brushed my cat, so lots of cat hair

I didn’t really have any wire, so I twisted 4 pipe cleaners into a beach ball shape.

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Then I stuffed the items I had found into the middle of the pipe cleaners. Then I used ribbon to tie the finished product outside.

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I hope it is strong enough for the birds to move it around without the ball falling! 🙂

A Collection of Ideas, And So Much More

I would like to talk about one of my favorite sites today: Pinterest.com.

You need an invite in order to become a member of this site, but most people will invite you. You can connect to pinterest from facebook or twitter and then pinterest will post your pins for you if you want them to. (I don’t usually like it when sites do this for me, but I’m okay with pinterest doing it.) Pinterest seems to largely have a women’s following, but men can join too. This article talks about the statistics for women and men and pinterest.  I am studying to become an elementary school teacher and really love that there are so many pins and boards dedicated to education and educational tools.

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There are also pins that send you to sites with awesome educational printouts as well!

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My favorite category in pinterest is the animal category. Just looking at all the cute animals will brighten your day.

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I also use Pinterest to advirtise the items in my etsy shop. That way more people will see them or be linked to my shop. If the item has been sold then they could just contact me and I could make them a similar item if they want.