Crafting with Kids: How to Make Crayons

This weekend, there was some kid friendly crafting in the Putnam household – we decided to make our own crayons.

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A few weeks ago my daughter, Peanut, came home from school with a homemade crayon given to her from a friend.  She has been asking me since then if we could try it, and so on Saturday, that was our main goal – make crayons.  Lots of crayons.

We started with our crayon bin digging through the broken and junkier ones.

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Step 1: Peel the Wrappers

We began peeling off the wrappers which we did find to be a bit tedious.  But then we figured out if I used a knife and cutting board and cut a slit down the side, then she was able to easily remove the labels.  Be super careful to not hurt yourself please!

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We kept going until we had a nice big pile of wrapper-free crayons.

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Step 2: Sort by Color

I had her direct as much of the creative side as possible – but my only suggestion was to minimize the color mix so they didn’t all just become mud.  She decided to start by grouping them by color, like a rainbow.

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Step 3: Bake

  I picked up a Wilton silicon baking mould at Michael’s in star shapes to use for this project.  We filled each one about a third. There were a few we filled a little higher and they worked just fine, they were just a little bit thicker.

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We placed it on a cookie sheet to make it easier to take in and out.  Each batch took about 20 minutes to bake at 275 degrees.  Some of the crayon pieces were holding on solid longer than others.  When this happened, I used a tooth pick to swirl it and break them apart.

Step 4: Remove from Oven and Let Cool

  Once they were completely liquid, we took them out and swirled them a little bit with a toothpick to mix the colors.  We left them in the tray on a cooling rack until they started to solidify.  Once they were no longer liquid, we placed them in the freezer until they were completely solid and cooled.  Each of these steps took about 10 minutes.

Step 5: Remove Crayons from the Mould

Because the mould is silicone, I was able to stretch the sides of each star away from the crayon, working my way around the star.  Once it was completely loose, I was able to easily remove it.  I expected some breakage – but we actually ended up making 30 crayons and none of them broke.

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Now, my girl is 10 and would have done this all day long.  With smaller children, one batch might be just enough because the whole cycle can take quite awhile.

Once we put the first batch in, we used some small Pyrex dishes to start organizing the next batches.   This also helped to get everything organized so that we could start cleaning up.

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Then, we started some other projects and kept moving each batch through the steps.

When a batch finished, we just poured the dishes into the stars and started again.

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We ended up with a lot of different color combinations – camouflage greens and browns, shades of purple, yellow and orange, purple and red – the options are pretty limitless.

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And now my girl has some star crayons to share with her friends.

Happy crafting and thanks for reading!

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Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I have done this before. I have some silicone pans that are the alphabet. It can get a little tedious getting the letters out of some of those. It is a good way to use up all the crayons and make them into something new. :)

  2. Laura…this is a great project…love it…A great project with my granddaughter!…Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  3. Ooops…I meant…Have a great WEEK!!!….Stay warm….heard you may be getting more snow!

  4. What a super project! I wish I still had little ones at home!!! Have an awesome week!

  5. Cute!! These would be great in birthday goody bags!

  6. Heather says:

    I told you it must be fun to grow up in your house!!!! I think I am going to have my kiddoes make these for Easter Gifts for their cousins. I have an egg shaped mold. Thanks for the idea!!! What was the clean up of the mold like when you were finished?

  7. I have always thought this would be a fun project to do with my girls. The colors are always so pretty and cheerful. I love the idea of using star shapes.

  8. My girls would love this project. So cute. I hate to throw any crayons away. What a great idea to give them new life.
    Have a great day.

  9. Hi Laura, I love the star crayons. A great way to recycle those bits and pieces. Joyous Wishes, Linda

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