Upcycled Crayons To-Go Container!

I used to babysit a little girl while her mom worked. We'd go to various parks every day and bring a bag of toys & crafts with us. 

Like most kids, she loved drawing her own pictures and coloring in her coloring books. And like most kids, she kinda drug her feet when it was time to go home. It always took forever to place her crayons in the box so that they'd fit exactly right. 

Failed crayon container ideas:

Fail #1: I thought about making her a crayon roll but that would have taken her even longer to put crayons away! 

Fail #2: I thought about putting them in a bag but she didn't want the crayons to break.

Fail #3: The chinese food container always seemed to get squashed or the cover came loose. 

Fail #4: An ice cream pail was way too big to take with us every day.

Quite by accident, I found the best container to carry the perfect amount of crayons:

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

A plastic tub of Betty Crocker frosting! Sans frosting, of course.

*No, this is not a Betty Crocker sponsored post! I promise!*

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

It's sturdy, gives the crayons an extra 1/2 inch of head room and the lid fits securely! Easily enough room for a 24 pack of crayons.

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

To elevate it craftistically, I found an old (Vintage? Am I old enough that stuff from my childhood is considered vintage? Ack!) children's book. Apparently it started its life in Detroit, came to me, was sent to my cousin and found its way back to me. Guess we were just meant to end up together!

You will need:

Betty Crocker Frosting Container (sans frosting)
3 1/2" x 11" paper (vintage children's book, kid's drawing or pretty paper)
Round scrap of paper (for lid)
Mod Podge
Hole Punch
Rope / Cord

Take the label off the frosting container. Don't worry about getting all the glue off.

Choose your paper. You may need to use two pages if the paper you're using isn't 11" long. I used a picture from the book and the text from beneath the picture.

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

Use Mod Podge to glue the paper to the container. Glue the second piece, if necessary.

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

Use the cover of the Mod Podge to draw a circle on your small piece of paper. Cut out the circle and glue to the cover.

Cover both the container and the lid in four coats of Mod Podge, waiting 15 minutes between coats.

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

Use a hole punch to punch two holes on opposite sides of the container. Thread each end of the cord from the outside to the inside. Knot the inside ends.

Done! Perfect Personalized Crayons To-Go!

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

Upcycled Crayon Container by Muslin & Merlot

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  1. Great idea! We have so many broken crayons, not to mention a few that got left behind in the car during summer...ick! My kids don't carry crayons around much anymore, but still use them a lot at home. I may have to make some of these to keep them organized and unbroken!

    1. Ah, yes. Melted crayons. Such a fun surprise to find on a hot day lol. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Sadly, I'm past the days of needing to carry crayons around for my kidlets, but if I still did, this would be perfect! Thank you for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  3. How cute! I love it and how you added a cute little handle! Thank you for sharing it with us...Pinned to the party board! :)


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