Crayon Stripper Hack

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Introduction: Crayon Stripper Hack

About: I like to make things. Art, inventions, tools, ukuleles, etc...

This super easy-to-make tool makes it quick and fun to peel the paper off of crayons. Crayons without their paper are more useful for drawing and shading than many people know. It’s also necessary if you want to melt them as people do for various projects.

Supplies

a wine cork, scrap of balsa wood, or insulation foam

x-acto knife blade

drill and 11/32” bit

small hammer

Step 1: Drill Hole

Mark and drill 11/32” hole through the round side of the cork as shown.

Step 2: Add the Blade

Tap the x-acto blade into the top of the cork until its tip is just visible through the hole. The blade needs to run parallel to the hole.

Step 3: Test

Push a crayon through to test. If it doesn’t cut, tap the blade a little deeper. If it’s cutting too deep, pull it back a little with a pair of pliers. It’s best not to cut too deep because it makes crumbs and can weaken the crayon.

Step 4: Have Fun!

Once you’ve adjusted the depth of cut to your liking you’re ready to process as many as you want.

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    18 Comments

    1
    Clayalotte
    Clayalotte

    1 year ago

    Very nice tool! Simple and effective.

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    shsu8
    shsu8

    1 year ago

    That’s a great idea!😀

    0
    GailL34
    GailL34

    1 year ago

    Nice! You might use the papers for another craft, too.

    0
    zhyunkk
    zhyunkk

    1 year ago

    Thanks scott👍

    0
    sniffydogs
    sniffydogs

    1 year ago

    Perfect!!! Even little ones can have fun safely doing this. Wish I had known this about 40 years ago. Thank-you!!!!!

    2
    walterelaich
    walterelaich

    1 year ago

    great, SAFE, way to remove the crayon 'skins'

    walt
    retired elementary art teacher

    4
    spidrluvr
    spidrluvr

    1 year ago

    People look at this as though it's such a simple idea. It is a useful item, but what I see is the genius in you that it took to mentally create the idea and the materials needed to make the item. Ideas like this come easy to a few people, but the majority of people don't have the ability to think these things out. Great tool and creative idea!

    3
    BettyHill
    BettyHill

    1 year ago

    I love the simple and clever solutions, thanks for sharing.