This was a recent thread on Art Education list. If you are interested
in all of the list replies, look in the archives as they are open to
all. TAB members, what are some uses for broken crayons that your
students came up with? Share with me off list if you wish.
Here is my web wanderings on this topic. I quit searching for more as
I kept coming up with the same ideas.
I was curious to see if anything was published on line - either by
Crayola or other
sources (Crayola link is below - I did find another use from Crayola -
but I am not registered - the idea was picture frames)
Broken Crayons? Recycle!
Don't throw away your broken crayons. Here are a few fun projects that
will put those crayon scraps to good use:
Make crayon muffins. Melt your pieces in small muffin tins (don't
forget to remove the paper from the crayons first!), let them cool on
the counter, then pop them in the freezer. When you take them out,
they'll slide easily out of the tins and you'll have beautiful swirly
crayon creations. A good example and directions can be found here.
Design swirly stones (pictured). Gather some smooth flat rocks, clean
them, then bake them for 15 minutes on a foil-lined cookie sheet in a
225-degree oven. Using an oven mitt, move the rocks onto a pad of
newspapers. Then hold a piece of crayon (again, remove the paper)
against the rock to create a puddle of wax and swirl it around.
Source: FamilyFun magazine, July/August 2006.
Scribble up some sandpaper art. Take sheets of coarse sandpaper and
have your children draw on them with old crayon pieces. Put the
finished sandpaper creations on a foil lined baking sheet, and place
them in the oven on a low setting. When the wax melts and fills in the
tiny crevices, the work of art is complete.
Try the Crayola Rainbow writer - works with broken crayons too.....
"The crayon writer draws up to five colors at once, features a
built-in sharpener and comes with five non-toxic crayons. (It also
works great for those broken crayons!)"
"One of the most original ideas for crayons has to come from Crayola.
They even have a section for Islamic Art" (I will see if I can find
this - I found several Islamic art lessons - but can not access them.
Maybe it is mosaic?)
Creating Garden art:
"I was just reading the newspaper today and there were these smooth
rocks like river cobble - that looked like tie dye or paisley. The
article said they were heated in the oven on a piece of tin foil - low
heat - then when they are hot they are taken out of oven and pieces of
crayon are melted onto the rock alternating the colors you desire. The
crayon melts over the rock and covers it. The completed rocks look
kind of tie dyed or paisley and are very bright and colorful. Great
for garden accents."
The forum went on to say that you should only use Crayola
TAB Members, I bet your students could come up with 50 uses for broken
crayons.... that was the goal of the original person who posted to Art