When you were a kid, there weren’t too many greater joys in life than cracking open a fresh box of Crayola crayons and seeing all those perfectly pointed colored tips just waiting to hit the paper. Then, a couple hours later, you had yourself a vibrant masterpiece to proudly admire.
Of course, those brand spankin’ new crayons eventually whittled down to little nubs, and most of us just tossed them in the trash. However, there are plenty of creative hacks anyone can do by simply saving those seemingly useless chunks.
Keeping kids entertained is easy when you have crayons and paper, but what happens when the wax runs dry? Well, some parents are putting their tired crayons to work in these creative arts and crafts.
Ask any kid how they feel about Play Doh and they’ll likely give a resounding “I love it!” Well, melted crayons, flour, salt, and cream of tartar creates a colorfully fun Play Doh-like substance.
Figuring out ways to help children learn is always important, and crayons are the perfect tool! By drawing a basic color wheel on some white paper, you can easily teach children about the primary colors and how they work!
Valentines Day is a special holiday to show loved ones how much they mean, so use some crayons! Just melt crayons into tiny silicone heart-shaped baking pans and add a sweet message.
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Collecting cool looking stones is a fun activity for kids, so why not also make it a colorful one? Using the supervision of an adult, bake some rocks in the oven and melt pieces of crayons over them.
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Who doesn’t love some front porch decorations to show off creativity? If you shave down crayon ends and dump them onto heart-shaped paper, you can use wax paper and an iron to press them into dangling delights!
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Don’t just stop at Valentine’s Day, either. Kids love painting eggs at Easter time, so kick the decorations up a notch with old crayons. Boil the eggs first, and the heat from the shell will melt the wax into designs.
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Here’s another awesome hack that definitely requires the help of an adult. Pile old crayons inside a muffin tin and melt them into cupcake-shaped drawing tools! How cool is that?
To keep with the whole “melted crayon” theme, you can also use a blow dryer to melt them and watch them drip down a canvas for really cool designs that’ll impress even you most artistic friends.
Kids and adults both love a good seashell, but don’t just collect them to sit on a shelf looking bland. Fire up the oven, place some shells on a baking sheet, and color them while their hot.
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If your kid loves looking at comic strips or comic books, have them make their own! Trace out a few squares so you child can make a colorful story of their own!
Now, if you have a kid who’s absolutely obsessed with crayons, get the book Harold and the Purple Crayon about a young boy who draws shapes that came to life! But, there are even more crayon-themed books, too!
The Day the Crayons Quit is another great read about a young boy named Duncan who has to appease his crayons’ demands after they go on strike. And, if your kid still wants more crayon literature, read Red: A Crayon’s Story.
Not only is it an adorable story about a crayon named Red, but it also teaches children about acceptance and friendship. Of course, some kids don’t want to waste their time with books and just get to coloring already!
In that case, find an empty box, give them some old crayons, and have them go to town! Obviously that’s a kid-centric activity, but if you’re an adult who still loves to rock out with crayons, you’re in luck!
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Lots of coloring book companies now make books for adults. The designs are patterns are far more intricate, and they offer many people a way to relieve stress. Go ahead and color away that workday headache!
This may not necessarily be a “hack,” but it’s great to know there are actually businesses out there that take old crayons from people who don’t want them and put them to great use.
For example, you can mail your old crayons to a company called Crazy Crayons based out of Colorado, and they’ll melt them all down and make awesome new shapes for repackaging. Who wouldn’t want to color with these awesome designs?
There’s a heck of a lot you can do with old crayons, so don’t just toss them away! And, Elmer’s glue goes hand-in-hand with those kind of arts-and crafts-supplies, and there are hacks for that, too!
1. Blackhead Removal: Pore cleaning masks are expensive, but a bottle of Elmer’s glue will get the job done for less. Just apply a light layer to the skin, let it sit until dry, and then peel those blackheads away.
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2. Clean a Record: Clean your records the right way with a bottle of Elmer’s wood glue. Just like you would pull pores out of your face, let the glue dry on the record and then peel it away to remove any unwanted particles.
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3. Sea Glass: If you’re hankering for some sea-weathered glass without getting sand in your shoes then look no further than Elmer’s glue. Mixing the glue with dye will give any glass that opalescent look.
4. Soften Hands: Elmer’s also makes a great moisturizer for hands in desperate need of a little rejuvenation. Apply a generous amount of glue to your hands, let it dry, and then peel it off to leave your palms baby smooth.
5. Peel-Off Lip Stain: Tired of the the uneven look of cheap lip stain? Well, by using a bit of glue as a base you can create a great-looking peel-off stain that you can customize to whatever shade you like!
6. Slime: Any kid would go crazy over a squishy ball of slime, and all you need to make this crazy concoction is a bottle of Elmer’s, some borax, a little bit of water, and your favorite food coloring.
7. Sun Tattoos: Using sun-tan lotion to give yourself a sun tattoo might seem the logical choice, but wiping it off can be a messy endeavor. Drawing a pattern with Elmer’s glue will allow you to peel off your design with ease.
8. Fill Nail Holes: Moving out and leaving nail holes behind? Fret not! Simply fill the holes with a touch of glue, smooth it out, let it dry, and then paint over the problem area.
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9. Smooth Eyebrows: Glue sticks aren’t just for arts and crafts, you know: they also make the perfect beauty tool! If you’re tired of unruly eyebrows, just pick up a nice stick of Elmer’s and tame those bad boys on the spot.
10. Peel-Off Glitter Nail Polish: Like lip stain, glitter nail polish can prove incredibly difficult to remove. But here’s a quick fix: just use glue as a base for your polish and those sparkles will peel right off.
11. Faux Stained Glass: Instead of going through the painstaking process of literally staining glass, you can turn every window in your house into a work of art by painting them with a mixture of glue and acrylic paint.
12. Paper Cuts: Getting a paper cut hurts, but the real pain comes when you’re forced to continue your day with that annoying, paper-thin gash in your finger. Dab some Elmer’s on the cut to keep bacteria out.
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13. Crackled Finish: Want that new piece of furniture to look vintage? After painting your base coat, apply a layer of glue and another layer of paint; once the mixture dries, you’ll have yourself the perfect crackled finish.
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14. Fix Frayed Shoelaces: If you notice that your lace is starting to come apart, dip the end in some glue and wrap it tightly with string to keep your favorite pair of shoes intact.
15. Button Repair: Over time the threads that hold shirt buttons down begin to loosen and fray. To keep those buttons nice and tight, just squeeze some glue onto the threads and they’ll be as strong as ever.
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16. Save a Puzzle: What’s the point of finishing a 10,000-piece puzzle if you’re just going to crumble it up and throw it right back in the box? Save that lion portrait for life by applying a healthy glob of glue!
17. Remove a Splinter: Splinter causing you some serious annoyance? Dab some Elmer’s on the wound, let it dry, and as you peel off the glue the splinter should come right out.
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18. Seal Plants: Pruning your plants is a necessity, but leaving branches unsealed can make them susceptible to disease and infestation. Luckily, a dab of Elmer’s glue provides a quick and easy solution.
19. Anchor Screws: Sometimes our efforts to secure a screw end up with us stripping the hole completely. To avoid having to drill another, just squeeze a little glue inside and let it dry around the screw to keep it in place.
20. Nail Polish Clean-Up: To avoid the nail polish remover, coat the area around your nail with glue and just peel away any polish spillover. Now there’s no reason to paint your own nails at home.
21. Polishing silver: Glue can polish nails, but it can’t polish silver. Luckily, if you have a collection of silver that always seems to be tarnishing over time, WD-40 can definitely help you out with that. Spray down your silver and wipe it clean. It’s just that easy to keep it looking sparkly and new!
22. Cleaning shoes: And when it comes to sneakers, WD-40 is a person’s absolute best friend. In the winter, you can remove stubborn rock salt spots that build up by spraying them and wiping them down. If you want to make your whole shoe waterproof, spray the entire surface with the stuff.
23. Protecting bird feeders: While having a bird feeder in your yard is a great way to keep beautiful birds in plain view, squirrels are notorious for stealing seeds from them. To keep these critters away, spray down the center pole with WD-40 and the squirrels will slide right off.
24. Cleaning toilets: Depending on the type of water in your house, cleaning your toilet can feel like a pointless task. If you use WD-40 the same way you would use your regular toilet bowl cleaner, you’ll notice that it gets clean quickly and stays clean longer.
25. Unsticking gum: When gum doesn’t make it to the actual trash can, it can get stuck on shoes, or worse, your pants. If you need to banish hard, chewed-up gum that you accidentally sat in, then go ahead and spray it down with WD-40. That will help it come right off!
26. Removing crayon marks: Do you have kids who love to take their crayons and scribble on walls and furniture? Don’t break your back trying to remove the marks! Instead, lightly spray them with WD-40 and they should rub right off.
27. Defrosting ice: Whether you live in a cold climate year-round or you’re gearing up for the winter season, spray your windows down with WD-40 and then wipe the excess away. Believe it or not, this will keep the ice from sticking to your windows and save you time getting out of the driveway in the morning.
28. Removing water stains: It’s so frustrating that the same shower you step into to get clean tends to collect a crazy amount of water stains. If you want to get rid of them fast, follow up your usual cleaning routine with a spritz of WD-40 and watch the water stains disappear.
29. Polishing scissors: If you use scissors in the kitchen or crafting regularly, then you know just how sticky they can get over time. If you want to keep that stickiness at bay, polish them regularly with a healthy dose of WD-40 and they’ll be just perfect.
30. Removing stickers and price tags: If you have ever tried to peel off a sticker on a window or a bumper sticker on your car, you know what a hassle it can be. Using WD-40 makes it a breeze. Just coat the sticker and gently peel it away!
31. Unsticking zippers: Is there anything more frustrating than having a zipper on your backpack or your favorite coat get totally and absolutely stuck in place? Here’s good news: if you spray WD-40 on the zippers and gently work them back and forth, they’ll slide right back into place!
32. Removing tea and coffee stains: If you or a house guest have ever spilled a little coffee or tea on a table in your home, you know how hard it can be to ever get it out again. Thankfully, combining your regular cleaning routine with a squirt of WD-40 will banish it in no time.
33. Banishing tar stains: If your car gets covered in tar, then it’s definitely time to break out the WD-40. Just spray down the surfaces and even the most stubborn patches should melt away like hot butter! How great is that?
34. Taking off rings: If you wear a ring regularly then you probably know what it’s like when it gets stuck on your finger. It happens to everyone at some time or another. Don’t panic! The easiest way to remove it is to cover your finger with WD-40 and then slide it off. It works like magic!
35. Remove lipstick: Lipstick is always a fun way to make your look for the day pop. Unfortunately, it’s less fun when it transfers onto other items of clothing and settles in to stain. Luckily for you, WD-40 as a pre-wash stain treatment will help remove that lipstick in no time flat.
36. Helps Open Rusty Locks: If you’ve got a rusty key or a keyhole that won’t cooperate, apply some WD-40 and you should be able to gain easy entry.
37. Extends the Life of Shower Heads: This is another little-known household use for WD-40. Shower heads have a tendency to break down over time, but applying WD-40 can extend their life span by years.
38. Removes Mildew From Refrigerator Gasket: We’ve all seen it before: Disgusting gunk builds up on your refrigerator gasket. Well, WD-40 will remove this. Simply apply, let it sit for a few minutes, wipe off, and you’re done.
39. Filters Dust When Sprayed on Air Conditioning Filter: Spray a light coating of WD-40 on your AC filter before installing, and your filter becomes exponentially more effective.
40. Removing Leftover Tape: Whether it is an old sticker or leftover tape from winterizing your home, spraying a little WD-40 on the affected area will make removal easy to complete!
Did you have any idea just how many different uses there were for this household product? Next time you come face-to-face with a seemingly impossible problem, remember to reach for some WD-40 first!