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Published on July 20th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

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9 Upcycled Marker Crafts

Don’t know what to do with that dried-out marker or pen? Try some of these awesome upcycled marker crafts!

Don't know what to do with that dried-out marker or pen? Try some of these awesome upcycled marker crafts!

Don’t know what to do with that dried-out marker or pen? Well, first see if you can recycle it–Crayola has a marker recycling program that accepts all brands of markers, not just Crayola, BUT it’s only available in certain parts of the country, and even then only offered in schools, so it’s possible that you’ll be out of luck.

If recycling is a bust, however, you can still keep that marker out of the waste stream by doing something awesome with it. Check out this list of nine possible upcycled marker crafts, and pick one to be the next life of your own dried-out markers!

alcohol inkDon't know what to do with that dried-out marker or pen? Try some of these awesome upcycled marker crafts!The alcohol ink that this makes works just as well as the store-bought stuff. You can use it on all kinds of surfaces, especially slick ones that most pens and paints won’t stick to.

bleach penBleach is a material that normally I avoid, but there are certain instances in which it’s the best choice. You can use this pen to spot-bleach or upcycle old fabric, and it’s reusable!

bubble paintingThis is a great activity to do with little kids, because kids love markers, AND they love bubbles!

jump ropeWe own a couple of jump ropes that might as well be made from upcycled marker caps, because the plastic that they ARE made from is identical.

liquid watercolorsDon't know what to do with that dried-out marker or pen? Try some of these awesome upcycled marker crafts!Kids will LOVE this upcycling project!

marker barrel beadsIf your markers have colorful barrels, then they’ll make colorful beads!

marker-embellished clockThe clock in this image uses marker caps, but markers with colored barrels would make a pretty starburst clock.

marker spray bottleScroll down to find the awesome art idea that you can do with dried-out markers!

monogramSort caps by color, then make a large-format art piece like this one.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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