I love encouraging my daughter’s creativity, but art supplies can get costly and I like to get every last bit out of them before throwing them out.
I also hate the idea of adding to overflowing landfills with items that we could repurpose.
So, what could be better than using old art supplies in new ways to extend their use?
I’ve gathered up some great projects that repurpose all of those dried out markers, broken crayons, chalk bits, kids’ drawings, and empty glue sticks that you thought you’d have to throw away.
Here are my favorite ideas…
Crayon Hanging Art Project 1 of 8This fun crayon hanging art project will help us put to use all of those broken crayons that we have in our junk drawer and my daughter is so eager to try it.
Click here to visit Tiaras and Trucks for instructions.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint 2 of 8What do you do with those tiny pieces of well-used chalk? Make sidewalk chalk paint!
Click here to head over to Positively Splendid for the directions.
Glue Stick Crayons 3 of 8With this project, you're doing double repurposing duty. Empty glue sticks meet broken crayons in this genius idea.
Click here to visit Infarrantly Creative for the directions.
Stained Glass Hearts 4 of 8I love these crayon hearts made with shavings of old crayons. Though these are for Valentine's Day, I think they'd be fun for any other holiday. St. Patrick's Day, anyone?
Click here to visit Meet the Dubiens, where you'll find the instructions.
Paper Beads 5 of 8I love these paper bead necklaces made from your kids' artwork. (I can't be the only one who has piles of pictures, right?)
Click here to visit Karma Continued for the directions.
Construction Paper Mosaics 6 of 8I love construction paper, but I don't love throwing away all of the scraps after my daughter finishes a project, so this mosaic project is perfect!
Click here to visit Practical Parenting for the directions.
Marker Watercolors 7 of 8You know all those markers that are all dried out? Why not breathe new life into them and turn them into watercolor pens?
Click here to visit Merry with Children for the details.
Heart Crayons 8 of 8I used to make crayons similar to these when I was little, but they never turned out as cute as these heart crayons, made in a silicone molds.
Click here to visit No Thank You Please for the directions.