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Crayon Explosion Lantern

By: Lindsay from
Updated November 27, 2023
Crayon Explosion Lantern
Crayon Explosion Lantern

Every child has an abundance of crayons around the house, so if you want to cut down their stash, try this unbelievably cool DIY lantern. The Crayon Explosion Lantern is one of the easiest melted crayon art ideas around, and it's the perfect unique touch for a kid's room.

With this free kids' craft, kids can either pick crayon colors to match their room, or they can use old crayons that are too worn down to use. With just a few popsicle sticks and a little ingenuity, you can help your little ones make one of the coolest decorative crafts they'll ever see.

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MaterialsMixed Media, Recycled Materials, Wood


Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens


While you're making your cool crayon crafts, you can talk about these fun facts for kids! The colors in the first box of Crayola crayons that was released in 1903 were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. It's hard to believe but the first box sold for only a nickel. Wax crayons have come a long way from that little box of eight colors to having dozens of crayons in the boxes with sharpeners on the back and erasable twisting crayons. The creators definitely never thought that one day kids would be making melted crayons art in the 21st Century. Crayola Crazy!

The word "crayon" was not invented by Crayola. The word dates back to the 1600s, coming from "chalk" and the Latin word for earth, "creta." Contemporary crayons appear to have orginiated in Europe where they were made with charcoal and oil.

Some of the most famous colors were actually named by children! Macaroni and Cheese was named by a six year old who loved pasta. A twelve year old named Tickle Me Pink because he'd blush when someone tickled him as a child. However, coloring knows no age boundaries because Purple Mountain's Majesty was named by an 89-year-old woman.

Some of the weirdest crayon color names:

  1. Razzmatazz

  2. Jazzberry Jam

  3. Wild Blue Yonder

  4. Mango Tango

  5. Fuzzy Wuzzy

  6. Mauvelous (who doesn't love puns?)

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