Every artist starts somewhere and for most kids crayons are their first foray into the world of color, shades and creating an entire story with pictures. But for those days when all you have left is Brick Red and Goldenrod, we’ve got some very clever ways to put the remaining crayons to good use. Scroll down for our ideas.

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1. Upcycle Your Crayons for the Greater Good!

Did you know there are at least three different national organizations that take old crayons and turn them into something amazing, all for the good of the Earth and kids in need? Well, there are. Click here to learn more about these amazing programs.

photo: Melissa Hecksher 

2. Red, Yellow & Blue

Teach the kiddos about the primary colors and how they rleate to by making an easy color wheel.

photo: Shelley Massey

3. Melted Crayon Canvas

We’re so charmed by these melted crayon creations that our Atlanta editor whipped up with her kids. It’s easier than you think, plus you get to use all those broken crayons you know you have. All you need is a blow dryer, the crayons and something to let the wax drip on. While a canvas or paper is great, you can even try melting onto a large rock, bottle or even a tree branch.

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4. Make Something New

Gather up all those bits of broken crayon, peel away the paper and organize by color family. Then add the crayon parts to an old muffin tin and place in the oven at about 250 degrees until melted. Remove, let cool and you’ve got some creatively re-used crayons. You can also try microwaving crayons and pouring the wax into silicone molds to make heart shapes, LEGO bricks or whatever you have around!

photo: The Nerd’s Wife

5. Egg-cellent Wax Decorations

It doesn’t have to be Easter to decorate eggs: try this cute trick the next time you want to pack hard-boiled eggs for a picnic. The wax stays on the shell, so the inside remains edible. Try the wax melting method with your old stubby bits of crayon by making these genius eggs from The Nerd’s Wife. The heat from freshly boiled eggs melts the crayons into awesome abstract designs. Get the full instructions on how to make these fuss-free beauties by jumping over toThe Nerd’s Wife.

photo: Fun at Home with Kids 

6. Colorful Shells

A set of crayons and assortment of shells is all you need to create your very own Crayola Experience at home. Recommended for older artists (oven use required), head over to Fun at Home with Kids for the full how-to.

photo: Melissa Heckscher

7. Comic Strip Creation

Put your coloring skills to the test and help the kiddos create their very own comic book.

photo: Amber Guetebier

8. Coloring Books (but Not the Kind You Think)

Crayons are a staple in your craft box, but what about on your bookshelf? For example, read: Red, A Crayon’s Story then do: an unexpected coloring experiment. Click here for more ideas on books that go with crayons!

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9. Coloring for Grown-Ups

Adults coloring is taking the world by storm, and we’re not just talking about sitting next to the kiddos while they do it. Read how coloring can actually help moms de-stress.

10. A Box of Crayons

Got a little guy or a big box? Pop them into the cardboard walls and let them go crazy, no cutting required. Now you have just enough time to go to the bathroom in peace.

What’s your favorite way to use crayons? Tell us in the comments below.

—Amber Guetebier