There's nothing like a brand new box of crayons -- all of those sharp, colorful tips lined up in a row, just waiting to create beautiful things. Then one inevitably breaks and then another, and one day all you have left is a bunch of sad little stubs. But don't worry, and whatever you do, don't throw them out. With just a few simple steps you can transform those broken crayons into things of beauty again.
When you find a broken crayon, discard the paper (or recycle it!) and keep the crayon bit. Collect them all in a bucket or small tub until you have quite a few, then get to work making new ones.
Quick tip: To easily remove the paper wrappers from crayons, soak them in cold water for 20 minutes before trying to take them off.
You can also search Pinterest for plenty of ideas on different shapes and varieties of crayons you can make with this same technique.
Originally published June 2012. Updated Aug. 2016.
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