Craft & Design

I doubt the Crayola factory is full of big-smiled grey-haired ladies anymore, but I still enjoy this video from the 70s about how crayons are made, originally from Sesame Street. I’m just as mesmerized now as I was when I first watched it as a kid. Via Core77.

12 thoughts on “How crayons were made

  1. The process is pretty much automated from just after someone pours the ingredients in until someone loads the finished product into shipping boxes. Grey-haired ladies nowhere to be found.

  2. I worked there in the summer of ’98 to help pay for college. I can’t tell you how it looks NOW, but 10 years ago it looked just like it did in the video. Sure, there were a few of us younger workers there, but most of the full-time employees were old-timers, too.

  3. My doctor told me that his friend did an autopsy on a man that worked there for like a 30 career. The interior of his lungs were visibly stained with multicolored crayon residue. The cause of death was completely unrelated to lung problems.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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