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Last updated on May 13, 2019

Remember-ALL PROFITS purchase school supplies for kids.
Please check out our About Me to learn more about our awesome project.


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About GreatCrayonProject

Sales 1,090
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Upcycling broken crayons into awesome new ones.

Let me take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Megan. I am a happy stay at home mom to three children ages 10 and under. I love to help people, bake, dance, do arts and crafts with the kids, sew, and of course, make crayons. This project, which you can read about below, started small and has continued to grow. I love that every purchase helps provide school supplies to kids. I love that my kids like to help- they are great at sorting colors! I love that they are learning you can do small things, with great love, and have huge results. I love that only positive things will come from this business project...

Please read on- I am very passionate about this business project.

It all began in 2017 when my daughter's classroom was throwing away broken crayons. We had been melting crayons at home with the kids, so I offered to take the bucket home and melt them down for the kids in the classroom and the local library. Everyone loved the fun shapes and rainbow aspect of the crayons and I had a blast making them.

Fast forward one year later (and add a child, a move to a new house, and my daughter going into Kindergarten) and we encounter the same situation in Kindergarten.

The teacher is throwing away the broken small pieces of crayons, and I again offer to melt them down and give them back the students. Once again we have a great time melting them down, and the students LOVED them. The word travels quickly around the school, and soon we are being asked- if I bring in broken crayons, may I have rainbow crayons?

After talking to the principal, we do a "Great Crayon Exchange" in the school. Students bring me a sandwich bag of broken crayons, I give you a two pack of rainbow crayons on the spot. It was a huge success! We collected 29 pounds of crayons and gave 107 packs of crayons away.

The Great Crayon Project was born!

I realized that most teachers, families, organizations, and restaurants throw away their left behind and broken crayons.

We collect all of these crayons, at exchanges through the school, collection drop off points, and restaurants and melt them down into rainbow crayons.

We then take the rainbow crayons and split them into 3 categories:
1. Donate- We donate rainbow crayons to kid-friendly organizations to promote art and creativity in kids
2. Exchange- We exchange rainbow crayons for broken crayons in the school system.
3. Sell- We sell a large variety of rainbow crayons in various shapes and sizes. All profits will purchase school supplies for kids.

The project quickly grew and we realized we were unable to peel all the crayons ourselves. We contracted with a local company that provides job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, and we now hire them to peel our crayons! It is a huge win-win. They are enjoying the job and we love supporting these wonderful adults by hiring them!

As of April 6, 2022 this project,
-has donated over 6,600 rainbow crayons
-exchanged over 5,000 rainbow crayons for broken crayons
-saved over 650 pounds of crayons from the landfills
-donated 10,000+ school supplies items (all our profits buy school supplies for kids!)

While this project continues to grow, our favorite part is that ALL PROFITS of all sales buy school supplies for children. This is such a win-win. We are making beautiful crayons, giving them new life, inspiring kids through art, AND helping out kids by purchasing new supplies for them. THANK YOU for supporting our dream.

Please note, per Etsy regulations, that my children also run a shop,

Production partners

  • A print shop

    Charlotte, NC

    We design and the print shop then prints our shirts, mugs and bags. The print shop is NOT part of crayon production.

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Last updated on Sep 20, 2018


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Frequently asked questions

How do I know what size the crayons are?

Every listing has sizing details as well as everyday items in the lifestyle pictures to help understand the sizing. Please read carefully.

Do crayons melt when they are shipped to warm places?

During the summer months, all of our order ship Priority Mail. While we have not had melting issues with any order we have shipped, we want to get the order from our door to yours as quickly as possible.
If there is any evidence of heat damage, please take pictures and immediately convo us. Again, this has never been an issue, and hopefully never will be!

I want to support your project and sell your crayons in my store! Do you sell wholesale?

We do sell wholesale. No online stores, traditional stores only. Please convo us for more information about wholesale possibilities.