Crayon Vases

In just five steps, you will have a new vase made out of crayons!


  • Variety of crayon pieces with paper sleeves removed
  • Old glass measuring cup no longer used for cooking
  • Cooking pot


1. Bring about two inches of water to a simmering boil on the stove.

2. Break up the crayons into small pieces, and place similar colors inside the glass measuring cup, about 2 to 3 inches high.

3. Place the measuring cup inside the pot, and slowly heat the crayons until completely melted. Remove the glass container from the pot, and allow it to cool for 1 minute.

4. Using a dry dishtowel, hold the class container by the handle, and slowly swirl it, coating the sides of the cup with thin layers of melted crayon. Keep swirling until the entire inside is coated and here is no more melted wax pooled at the bottom. Place the cup in the freezer for one hour.

5. To remove the vase, press your finders on the inside of the vase against the glass until it releases; it should pop out easily.

Excerpted from UPCYCLING: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have by Danny Seo, Running Press. Photographs by Jennifer Levy. Text and photographs © 2011 by Danny Seo.