Just a quick tip for you today, so I won’t keep you for too long! : )
Have you ever needed to peel a large quantity of crayons quickly? Yeah, I know… I never really did either, until last week, when I wanted to try the coolest melted crayon craft ever (more on that later…). I started peeling the little papers off the crayons with my finger nails, and oh my goodness, did that ever NOT work!
There are some amazing things you can do with left over crayon pieces! So if you ever decide you want to try one of them, hopefully you’ll remember this super easy tip for how to peel crayons the easy way. The wrappers came right off the crayons with no residue and no fussing!
When I was in architecture school, my exacto knife and I were best buds. I used it every day to build models, cut paper, and all the other design type stuff you need to do in architecture school. So I always get a little nostalgic when I pull out my trusty little craft knife!
You can use a utility knife for this too, but my exacto knife is really easy to grip, and the blade is quite small, so I feel much safer when I’m holding onto it. You can get a similar one from Amazon here. (affiliate link)
Sliding the blade out as little as it will allow you to use, gently pinch the crayon between your fingers, and lightly cut a straight line through the paper. The knife has to cut all the way through the paper and will end up leaving a line in the wax of the crayon.
Hopefully this goes without saying, but your kids are definitely NOT going to be doing the slicing here.
Once you’ve cut through the paper, it comes right off. Most of the crayons don’t have glue, so it’s perfectly clean when it comes off.
See how easy that paper came off!? No rips, nothing!
I sliced the paper, and my three year old helper pulled off the wrappers. Or at least, she pulled off about 12 wrappers until she got bored and left. But it was definitely simple enough that she had no problem at all getting that paper off all by herself.
See all those neat and tidy wrappers? It was quick, easy and clean to peel them off the crayons!
A few of the crayons had some glue residue. I’m not sure why? It only seemed to be the leftover crayons from one of the really old packs we had. For all the newer boxes of crayons, the wrappers came right off with no residue at all.
Now, why did I peel so many crayons, you ask? Well, I’ll post about that in the next day or two, but here’s a sneak peek! Let me just say, that our crayon project turned out beautifully!
If you aren’t comfortable using a craft knife, you can also try soaking the crayons in a container of water. I haven’t tried it myself, but over at Learn Play Imagine, they seemed to have pretty good results. The only difference is that it seems to leave a lot more residue on the crayons, so slitting through the paper would definitely be my first recommendation.
There are so many fun things you can do with leftover crayon pieces! You wouldn’t believe the awesomeness you can create by melting them! And now, you can peel tons of crayons in a short amount of time with this simple tip. Be sure to check back to see how our crayon snowflakes turned out!