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recycling old paint cases

  • 1.  recycling old paint cases

    Posted 06-18-2019 14:10
    So as you can imagine, it's the end of the school year. Out with the old in with the new classroom supplies. But the recyclable art teacher that I am just can't throw out the 77 case that use to house watercolor paint. Does Crayola take back and recycle?
    Lorraine Poat
    Art Teacher
    Paradise Knoll School

  • 2.  RE: recycling old paint cases

    Posted 07-01-2019 11:44
    I'm not sure if they answered.

    If they do not, why not turn them into an art project the next year? I think they would make a really neat shadowbox

    Cassie Larson
    First Friends Preschool @ TBC

  • 3.  RE: recycling old paint cases

    Posted 07-18-2019 09:43
    Hello, Lorraine,
    I did a little digging to find some answers for you, and unfortunately, Crayola does not take back the watercolor paint cases.  I wonder what kinds of projects could be created with the empty cases?  How could they be repurposed for art or for other subject areas?  Perhaps that could be a STEAM challenge for the fall.

    To help with recycling questions about other products and initiatives, please check out the information on our address:

    Thank you for your question!


    Nancy Meyer
    Innovative Teaching and Learning Manager
    Stamford CT

  • 4.  RE: recycling old paint cases

    Posted 07-18-2019 19:12

    I am so impressed that you have 77 WC containers!  That would probably be enough for two classes to create something. I agree with Nancy that you might challenge students to use them in some way other than a pencil holder. The clear top panel allows this container to become a frame.  Within it students might draw,or paint symbols that describe themselves. Each of us wears many hats throughout the day but sometimes our schoolmates see only one side of us.  Glue a grouping of the symbols within the box and close the lid. I bet the containers can be hung on the bulletin board with tacks. Then ask viewers to identify each person in the class from their symbols. For a science lesson, objects could be drawn or made with Model Magic and attached to the inside of the "frame" container.  I see the container as dressing up the images like a mat or frame would. Other ideas: symbols of a culture, illustrating vocabulary, etc. 

    Take care,


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