The first box of crayons was made in 1903. Today Binney and Smith alone produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, or an average of 12 million crayons a day. Sometimes it would seem my grandmonkeys owned at least 90% of those!
I kept finding broken crayons, usually by stepping on them. And, when it’s time to actually use the crayons? Good luck finding them. I decided to do something about the chaos of crayons by making a super easy, DIY coloring station for the monkeys!
I repurposed all the broken crayons, and I made a “catch-all” for the others as well as a matching container for all the coloring books & pages they have. Now everything is contained and sits side by side at their eye level.
First I got a couple cardboard boxes. I used one that would be big enough to hold coloring books and one that was smaller for the crayons.
I cut off the flaps from the top of the boxes and just started covering them using the pretty, bright Duck Tape. (I’m crazy for the stuff.)
It’s really not hard at all, and if you mess up just pull it off and start again!
I flipped the Duck Tape placement for each of the boxes so that they matched, but weren’t too samey-samey.
I also took all the broken crayons, peeled them, and sorted them by complimenting colors.
I’d found a sweet little tart tin at Goodwill that had emojis and words imprinted in it, so I decided to use it to melt the crayon pieces. My granddaughter is mad for the Inside Out movie and I thought maybe these “new” crayons would make her happy.
Melt the crayons in a low oven (about 275 is good) for a few minutes. It really doesn’t take long at all.
Aren’t they so stinkin’ cute?
What do you think? Would this work for all those crayons floating around your house?