Here's a great way to store crayons and recycle those great plastic, rectangular baby wipe dispensers at the same time. This is just another small way you can help save the environment.
This crayon box is extremely easy to make with items you may already have around the home. I've found that baby wipe containers make wonderful crayon boxes. They are fairly durable and I have also noticed that they significantly limit crayon messes, especially when you have a child who enjoys turning over the container and dumping them out!
Step 1: What You'll Need
Make sure you have the following items to begin this little project:
1. An empty, plastic baby wipes container with lid (hinged or removable)
2. A strong pair of kitchen scissors or sharp knife or razor blade
3. Strong scotch tape (clear packing tape lasts longest)
If your wipes container has name brand stickers on it, you might want to carefully remove them at this point. If they are not removable, you can always cover them with printed a label later.
Step 2: Cut Opening Into the Lid
I am aware that there are different kinds of rectangular wipe containers. We normally always buy a particular brand name, with pop-up wipes. It has a push-button lid and the dispenser opening is a zig-zag in the center of the plastic. I am aware of those lids that have some flexi-rubber type material in the opening. Either type of lid is great. But I advise that you cut the rubber off to widen the opening. This way your child is still able to peak in and see before they reach for the crayons of their choice.
If you have an all plastic lid, like the one in my photos, you will need your kitchen scissors to carefully snip around the oval so that your child's hand can slip easily in and out of the box. Be sure not to leave any sharp or jagged edges as you cut. The plastic maybe be hard to cut, so be very careful, especially if you are using a razor blade or knife to carve out the opening.
Step 3: Secure the Lid
It's been my experience that, even though the lids snap in place or even when they are hinged to the container, you have to secure them. Your children are bound to knock them around or pull the lid off. A little extra security never hurts! After all, the whole idea of my making these crayon boxes was so that the kids always had easy access to their crayons, but also so they weren't spilling them all over the place. The pop-up lid and oval opening limit (but do not eliminate) the mess of crayon spillage!
All you have to do is take your tape and add a few strips all around the sides of the lid, attaching it to the container. For this container, I only had regular Scotch tape available. The best tape I have used for this project is clear packing tape. It's stronger and wider and lasts longer.
Step 4: The Finshed Product
It looks a bit plain, I know. Be creative and personalize it by having your child decorate the outside with stickers. Or, what I've done in the past was print two labels reading "crayons" and taped it to the outside front and back of the container.
Be sure to save all of your wipe containers from now on. If the plastic in your current crayon box cracks or the lid breaks, you can always replace the parts or just make a new one.
Enjoy more organized coloring time with your children!