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16 Wacky Uses for
Crayola® Crayons

    Crayola Zipper
  1. Lubricate a stubborn zipper. In a pinch, rub an unwrapped Crayola Crayon (ideally white) along the teeth. The wax in the crayon makes the zipper slide smoothly.
  2. Dye candles. Melt Crayola Crayons with paraffin to make colored candles.
  3. Rewind a bobbin. Mark the thread with a contrasting color Crayola Crayon a few yards after starting to wind it onto the bobbin. The crayon mark will alert you when the thread is coming to the end.
  4. Hide scratches on furniture and Formica. Rub the nick with a matching color Crayola Crayon, warm the wax with a blow dryer, and buff with a rag.
  5. Seal cut flowers. Carefully melt a green Crayola Crayon and dip the cut end of the stem into the hot wax and let dry. The green wax seals the stem so it retains moisture, keeping the flower alive longer.
  6. Calm yourself with aromatherapy. Keep a box of Crayola Crayons on hand, and whenever you feel down-and-out, anxious, or tense, simply open the box and smell the crayons. The scent of Crayola Crayons is among the twenty most recognizable to American adults, and the nostalgic aroma instantly catapults you back to happy childhood memories, inducing a reassuring sense of peace and security.
  7. Crayola Batik
  8. Make Batiks. Using a white Crayola Crayon, draw a design on a piece of white paper. Use watercolors or tempera paint to paint over the paper. The wax crayon resists the paint, allowing you to create an usual design. You can also experiment using different colored crayons.
  9. Mend a leaking vase. Hold a match under the pointed end of a Crayola Crayon that matches the color of the vase and let the melted wax drip into the crack. After the wax cools, scrape away the excess.
  10. Fill a scratch in a wood floor. Rub a matching color Crayola Crayon into the scratch, warm the wax with a blow dryer, and buff with a rag.
  11. Relieve stress. If you’re experiencing stress or tension, pick up a box of Crayola Crayons and draw a picture to express you feelings. Your anxieties, frustrations, or fears will come out in your drawing and your choice of colors—giving you surprising insight into your emotions.
  12. Hide small bleach spots on clothing. Color the spot with a Crayola Crayon that matches the color of the fabric, then cover with a sheet of wax paper and iron on a low setting.
  13. Renew the worn dial on a washer or other appliance. Rub the knob with red or black Crayola Crayon until the indentations of the letters and numbers are filled with colored wax. Then wipe off the excess crayon.
  14. Seal envelopes. Melt Crayola Crayons as sealing wax for envelopes. Use a decorative button or a coin to imprint a fancy design in the colored wax.
  15. Make a sun catcher. Using a small pencil sharpener, shave crayons onto a sheet of Cut-Rite Wax paper. Fold the wax paper in half, covering all the shavings. Press with a warm iron until the crayon shavings melt. When cool, thread string through the top of the wax paper and hang in a window.
  16. Differentiate hard-boiled eggs from raw eggs in the refrigerator. Mark the hard-boiled eggs with a Crayola Crayon.
  17. Repair a scratch on an automobile. Find a matching color Crayola Crayon and work it into the scratch.
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