If you have kids then I am sure you have old, broken or dried out magic markers. I normally toss them when they are old but rather than throwing them in the trash you can actually use them. Here’s five things you can do with old or dried out markers. Let us know if you have any uses for old markers!
1. Make Liquid Water Colors
There are two ways to do this; either disassemble the marker to gain access to the ink cartridge, or simply use the marker with the cap off. The first option works the best, but either will create the water colors. Fill a recoverable glass jar with water, soak the ink or markers in the water over night. Then mix it up and cover it for storage. This creates some great watercolors, and if you use Crayola or other non-toxic markers, they are kid friendly as well!
2. Dye White Flowers
Use those old markers to dye white flowers. Either purchase the flowers from a flower shop, or pick some white wild flowers, or white flowers from your backyard to dye. In a cup place a flower, and one or two of the same colored marker. Let the flowers sit in this overnight and the petals will have soaked up the color from the water. This is a great kid friendly project to do.
3. Revive Them!
You can bring old markers back to life by soaking them in HOT water for a few hours, and then letting them dry a bit. Soak the markers for 1-2 hours in very warm or hot water. Take the markers out, and dab the tops with a cloth to soak up some of the extra water. Let them sit out until they are dried just enough so that they write on paper, but don’t leave a water or major ink trail behind. This drying process can take up to 24 hours depending on how long you let them soak and how dried out the markers were.
4. Send Them to The Pen Guy!
The Pen Guy creates recycled art from old pens, markers, etc. You can send in your old writing utensils that no longer work for writing to help in creating this awesome art. You can also make your own recycled art from your own markers, let The Pen Guy’s work inspire you. Another great kid friendly project! Find The Pen Guy’s site here, http://www.penguyart.com
5. DIY Alcohol Ink
Alcohol Ink is great for painting on odd surfaces that paint doesn’t always stick to well such as glass, metal and plastic. However, this ink can get quite pricey. You can create your own pretty simply using old markers. Take out the ink reservoirs from the markers (this can get difficult, cutting the back portion off of the marker and using a tweezers to get it out of the marker is recommended). A few per jar is recommended to have the best outcome. Add them to your jars that have covers. Then fill the jars ¾ of the way full with rubbing alcohol. Let them sit overnight, and you’ve got yourself some awesome money saving Alcohol Inks.