Monday, January 30, 2012

Peeling Crayons (the easy way)

Wanna hear a secret??? 
Did you know that if you soaked crayons in water the wrappers peel right off?  Yep, it's true.  I tried it!  We were going through our crayons, separating all the broken ones out to do some recycling with.  I don't know about you, but I get real tired, real fast of peeling those wrappers off....crayon all stuck under your nails and all.  So, I thought, "okay, if paper gets wet, it gets soft".
 Not brain science but a most incredible moment for us!  OH YEAH! 
 Here is the proof.


Can you see the papers simply peeling right off??? 
p.s.  the Crayola brand peels the quickest.  These had only soaked for about 10 minutes before they began to peel off. 
Yippee!!
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19 comments:

Maureen said...

Thanks for this great tip - so much easier

Growing a jeweled rose said...

So simple, and so fantastic! Great thinking!!!!

Rebekah said...

Great tip! It makes those crayon projects much more simple!

Ticia said...

This is BRILLIANT!

Charlotte: said...

Good thinking! I have used a penknife and sliced a box of 100 crayon wrappers in the past!

Joyce said...

Great tip!

Juggling With Kids said...

Love it...thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

Thanks! Great tip. Makes perfect sense!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

great idea! Thanks!

Natural-Nesters said...

Do you know that I was just thinking I needed to google how to do this as I sit here and tear off paper from crayon after crayon!! Thanks for posting this. Newest follower. We are having our first ever link party.. Please stop by and link up!

Time For Play said...

Thanks, I will stop by. Glad I could be of some assistance for your crayon peeling!

CJG said...

You are my hero! At the end of every school year, I have a big bin full of broken crayons. Last year, I had a group of students who enjoyed peeling them (oddly enough!), but I don't think I'll be that lucky again. Plus, it took almost the whole school year to get them all peeled. I've found that if I recycle them into multi-colored crayons in fun shapes (black, white and grey skulls are a huge hit!), my students love them as prizes (and they didn't cost me anything extra). Thank you so much for sharing this simply brilliant idea!!

Nate, Carrie, Malachi, Zephan Chance said...

I just hand them to my 4 year old... he's a master at pealing crayons - to a fault sometimes.

emily said...

Thanks SO much for posting this! I literally stopped doing projects with crayons for a little while because I was getting so sick of peeling the paper off :) I'm so excited not to have to worry about that anymore!

Shelle said...

Awesome tip. I have been soaking crayons for days and I have to admit this a lot easier on my nails =)

Desirée Siegel said...

Also, the hotter the water, the faster they come off!

Zylo said...

THANK YOU! This saved my life. I was trying to do a tutorial on melted mosaic crayons and had to unwrap 8 boxes. I was going insane because it was taking so long. Brilliant. I also linked back to your tip from my post!http://fanofstuff.com/molded-crazy-crayons-tutorial/

Lorie said...

Crayola, the paper started floating in the sink within a minute in warm water! thanks so much.

Tiana * Sunshine and Silliness said...

Just found this through a Google search - Thanks for posting!