The wild and unpredictable color combinations that result from melting crayons has been the cornerstone of many an arts and crafts project for decades – but why haven’t we seen a wood shop project yet?

Whether or not you have a particular fondness for the Grateful Dead and funny tasting mushrooms, it’s hard to deny that the color explosion that results from turning a brick of melted crayons on a lathe is anything short of mesmerizing.

In this demonstration from self-described “tool geek” and woodworker Peter Brown, a total of 256 crayons are delabled and melted into a giant brick that is then turned into a vase somewhere underneath a rainbow wax explosion:

You can check out the rest of Brown’s projects – including coasters made from bubble wrap and kitchen tools – over at Shop Time.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.