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The ‘MISTER’ Make It and Love It Series: Making Crayons

I’m sure glad this husband of mine planned ahead with me and busily created some projects with the kids a couple of months ago.  It was fun to see him in action with the kids, while I took the pictures.  He has been a fantastic guest blogger while I’ve been munching on a newborn.  However, I should have taught him how to edit and upload pictures and text.  Ha!
Did you see the other two MISTER Make It and Love It posts, found here and here?
Thanks Steve, for taking over the content of the posts for the last week or so, while baby and I have been re-cooperating.   It’s been lovely.
(Yes, I had my baby…..in case you missed it, you can read about it here and here.)
. . .
As for the last post in this little series with the Mister…………some new molded crayons were made with the kiddos.   (I think he felt like a kid again making these crayons.  And may have loved doing this just as much as they did.)
I’m sure many of you have seen this done several times and in many different ways.  Nothing new here.  But this is another great project that daddy’s can do with their kids.  Or uncles or grandpa’s.  (Or just an idea for a rainy day.)  And you don’t have to be terribly creative to be successful with this project.  Perfect, right?
First, pull out all of those old broken crayons and start peeling all the papers away.  (Or, like in our case, buy a fresh new box of crayons.)  The kids have fun with this part and loved the freedom of being destructive.
If you’re having trouble getting some of the papers off, cut a slit down the side of the crayon and then peel the paper away.  Saves some time.
You will need a nice variety of colors, all freshly peeled and broken.
Next, you can use any sort of oven safe molds for the next step.  I bought these silicone molds at IKEA for a dollar or two and they worked great.  (However, they are now officially crayon molds because I can’t get the crayon off.  But that’s okay, because more crayons will be made with these in our future.)
Next, start filling up the little molds with a variety of colors, breaking up the crayon pieces a little smaller if necessary.
Make sure to let those little hands help.  They will love this.  (You can even have the older children sort by color……they’ll love the task.)
Then place the molds in a pre-heated 250 degree (F) oven for 5-10 minutes…….peeking in on them every so often.  Also, place tin foil down on the rack below the crayons, in case there are any spills.  Crayon would not be fun to clean out of the oven.
When you have noticed that the crayons are almost all the way melted, use a toothpick to gently poke at the crayons……..releasing some of the air pockets.  But you don’t want to actually mix it because you want your colors to stay separate and vibrant.
Once the crayons are completely melted, pull the molds out of the oven and allow them to rest on the counter until cooled.  (It took about 15 minutes for crayons this size.)
**Variation: You can melt crayons in the microwave (in a bowl) and pour the liquid wax into molds.  However, doing it this way won’t give you such a nice chunky color variety in each crayon.  But it would still work great and produce a fun new crayon shape.
Then place the molds in the freezer to allow them to really harden…….and speed up the cooling process.  (I left them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.)
Next, run the bottoms of each mold under hot water, to help soften up the silicone tray and help separate the crayons from the bottom of the mold.  Then push the molds from the bottom and pop out each crayon.
Now you should have a lovely assortment of fresh new crayons.
In lots of child-pleasing shapes.
You may feel jealous that you never had these as a kid.  Well, I was.
(I would have loved having these in my little crayon caboodle as a little girl, all ready for my 1st grade coloring sheets.  Wowza.)
Now the other fun part.
Using the new crayons.
Roll out some paper on the floor and let the kids have at it.
And teach them how to draw something new.
They’ll feel so proud.
And if the person helping with the project is anything like my husband, they’ll be just as happy on the floor with kids.
Enjoy!
Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It and Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. aj says:

    these r so great!! nice work and keep up with your site!

  2. Portugirl says:

    I am in love with your site! Keep up the good work!;)

  3. Misty says:

    These are wonderful for kiddos that need work on their fine motor skills as well because they have to pinch them to color!

  4. trashmaster46 says:

    I've made crayons before, but always in the muffin pan. I even bought a Crayola Crayon Maker and was disappointed to find out it's a modified Easy Bake Oven that only puts out half-sized crayons. I hadn't even thought about the silicone molds before! They're always turning up at Goodwill. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I tried this a few years ago and it messed up my silicone molds, left some waxy residue on them that I couldnt remove – but everytime I tried to make icecubes it came off onto them.
    So make sure you save these molds for crafts afterwards.

    1. Jane says:

      I got the waxy residue and crayon smell out by filling each well of the mold with white vinegar, let it sit for an hour or so, then scrub in hot soapy water.

  6. Ashley says:

    Britney –

    Hmmmm……our fish tails didn't have a problem coming out. Did you freeze the crayon molds? And then did you run the molds under warm water along the bottom? You need to get the crayons back to room temperature before cracking them out. If they're still too cold, it will probably crack more.

    OR, you could wait and let them sit on the counter for an hour (?) and let them completely cool on their own. Maybe that would help??

    Best of luck and I hope that was helpful!

    Ashley

    1. Anonymous says:

      I am having a lot of trouble with my fish tails and my starfish points coming out……I have followed directions and I am using the Ikea silicone molds. I am trying to make enough to give for grade 1 year end gifts but I am getting really frustrated!
      It doesn’t look like many people are having this problem. What am I missing?

  7. JennP says:

    My little guys love Mister Makeit Loveit….keep up the great work.

  8. Grace One Hundred says:

    I can't wait to try these! My kids are going to love them! And for some strange reason, they think once a crayon breaks, it's truly "broken" and don't like to use it anymore. I'm always rounding up broken crayons. Now I have a use for them! Great post!!!

  9. Sherice says:

    So much fun! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas:)

  10. Britney Anglesey says:

    Love doing these and loved the the new molds to try! We did them tonight however and all the fish tails broke off popping them out of the molds! I tried every different way I could think of. Help! Any suggestions?

  11. *Michigan Momma* says:

    We have done this! We just used the bottom for a *really* old muffin tin ~ so we had round, flat crayons – but they work quite well! And such great colors. We used "similar" colors in each tin – so each new crayon had variations on one color. Turned out nice!

    And great pictures!! WTG Dad!!

  12. Amanda Mays says:

    im so trying those crayon ideas

  13. Cara says:

    So cute! I just thought I'd mention that if you're interested in using the molds for something besides crayons you might try putting them in the freezer overnight. You might be able to crack out the rest of the wax if it's frozen. I don't know if it will work for sure, but it's worth a try.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I have been reading your blog for some time now and I love all your posts. I have even made some of your projects and they came out great because of your great directions.
    Congratulations on your new daughter, she is absolutely beautiful.

    Was wondering, where do you get all your daughter's great leggings? I have a 5 year old granddaughter and would love to get her some colorful ones especially ones with stripes.
    Thanks for your blog, Jan

  15. Hannah says:

    Thanks for sharing! And congratulations on your beautiful new daughter!
    I am grateful for the detailed instructions. I tried making my own, a 2nd time around. The first time I made them right, the 2nd time I turned the heat up too high and this happened https://shopbonnenouvelle.blogspot.com/2010/10/accidents-happen.html

    So I will be buying some more from Ikea knowing that they will work! i also like the microwave idea…but would I need to use a paper bowl so it doesn't melt crayon over a pyrex? Also, do your molds stay stained afterward too, bcse mine did so I could only use them for this purpose again.

  16. Anika Bee says:

    I nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award :)
    You can get it here:
    https://anikadesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/stylish-bogger-award.html

  17. Anne Magee says:

    This is awesome! My older daughter begged for a Crayola crayon maker for Christmas… I feel gypped because it only works with real lightbulbs, not extended life… and they don't even make those bulbs anymore! :( This is so much better!

  18. Fun, Cheap, or Free! says:

    Thanks for the cute idea! I have it scheduled to post for our "Super Savvy Saturday" post this Saturday on http://www.funcheaporfree.com. Can't wait to share!

  19. Krista says:

    This is a great beginning of the summer activity for school aged kids! Bring home the left over crayons from the classroom, and make fun summertime crayons!
    * Also, I LOVE your daughter's skirt and tights!

  20. Jenny! {www.alongthelei.blogspot.com} says:

    I just have to tell you how much I really like this!!! I can imagine bagging them up in pretty goody bags for little girl/boy sleepovers!! I can't wait until my daughter is old enough!

  21. Golden Key says:

    This is great! I will def. make some for my little cousins when I have to babysit them over the summer! thanks for you blog.

    care to check out mine?

    neenajay.blogspot.com

    -Nina jay

  22. Alexis says:

    Another quick trick – soak the crayons in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes – the papers will slip right off (no messy peeling required) and the crayons remain unharmed.

  23. Erin says:

    You just reminded me I need to make a trip to Ikea. I love that place. Love the crayons too!

  24. Kathryn says:

    We made these one year for my 4 kids to give to their classmantes at school on Valentine's Day – SUPER cute! We used heart-shaped silicone molds, of course.

    Thanks for the reminder… We need to make these again. :)

  25. Heather Feather says:

    I remember my mom made crayons for us when we were little but they hadn't invented the cool plastic oven molds. This is so fun for kids!

  26. Andrea says:

    Definitely using this tutorial for my son's 3rd birthday party goodies! We are having an aquarium themed party so this is perfect :)

  27. Chance says:

    What a good daddy! I love the fish mold!

  28. Anonymous says:

    It's not necessary to put the molds in the freezer. I found that if you leave them sitting out on the counter until completely cool, about 30-45 min. the crayons pop out of the molds just fine and don't leave any crayon mess behind. Plus, they still have that shiny coat like store bought crayons.

  29. Jewels says:

    That's such a brilliant idea! I had quite the crayon collection as a kid, and mine inherited it, but so many are broken. This is such an awesome way to keep the crayons alive without so many tiny broken pieces! Thank you!!

  30. Chrystal's Corner says:

    Isn't this fun? I have done this before (https://chrystal-lewis.blogspot.com/2010/04/recycling-old-crayons-into-new-crayons_02.html)but I would really love to get some cute molds:)

  31. Ashley says:

    I used these trays in the oven since they're silicone…..but I wouldn't use the regular plastic ones. They would for sure melt. But the silicone did just fine at 250 degrees in the oven.

    Good luck!

  32. Colleen says:

    Love, love, love this idea. I used to teach preschool and I would save the broken crayons and melt them in muffin tins. I would give the kids their own multicolored crayons as treats. But I love the idea of using the fun molds! hmmm… a trip to Ikea might be in order!

  33. Tara says:

    Can you use the ice cube molds in the oven? I assumed that you needed to buy a special mold that could withstand the heat in the oven.

  34. tracyp says:

    So cute! I might have found a new use for my IKEA ice cube molds!

  35. Sara says:

    Do you find that when you use the silicone molds that the crayons come out a little "smeary"? Any solutions other than using candy molds? I find the ice cube molds come in better shapes…but I don't like how much they smear on my fingers.

    1. Jane says:

      The only time mine have come out weird or smeary is when I have used cheap crayons. Now I only use Crayola and no more weird textures.

  36. Cerise says:

    Those are fantastic! LOVE the fish!! I'm going to have to find some oven safe molds!

  37. Lixa says:

    thanks for the inspiration! since i don't have wax crayons, but have wax (I make cosmetics for us), i thought about making myself some crayons. and found this: https://ourholisticlife.blogspot.com/2008/02/beeswax-crayons.html
    i'm going to make some this week. i'm really curious if they work

  38. Ashley says:

    Sandrine, great idea for a party! It took mine about 15 minutes to cool and then I stuck them into the freezer for another 15 minutes. And thanks for asking, I added that to the instructions.

    Best of luck!
    Ashley

  39. Sandrine says:

    This is such a brilliant idea… I'll keep that in mind for my son's 5th birthday, his friends will get nice crayons as presents (they might even make them)… How long does it take to cool down before the children can use them ?

  40. BECKY says:

    you have SUCH a beautiful family.

  41. Brittany says:

    These are so much fun to make! We always put a dab of vegetable oil in our tins to help them from not sticking and most of the crayon comes off. Then again we were using.muffin tins so maybe it won't work with silicon tins.

    -Brittany
    http://www.mommyscornerdiy.blogspot.com

  42. K2 says:

    Nice idea! I will try it.

  43. Shanna says:

    Great idea!! I have tried this before in just a mini muffin tin, but I LOVE the shapes!

    Shanna

  44. Nina says:

    I've been wanting to try this project with my little guy for a while now! What do you think about dusting the pans with a little cornstarch before putting the crayon chunks in to aid in removal?

  45. Patti says:

    Fun, fun! I knew you could do this but for some reason I have never tried it. My kids are going to love this! Thanks for the nudge to make some new FUN crayons!
    I'm thinking I need to make some bunny and chick crayons to stuff in the Easter baskets!

  46. Kid Rock Tickets says:

    That fantastic! realy! these website is way better then everything I ever saw.

  47. Cherie@DragonfliezCreationz says:

    Too Cute!
    I make crayons like that in my mini muffin tin. It isnt any easier getting the crayon out of it. My kids have always loved it and my oldest is now 17.

  48. Sheila says:

    I love this! And I love your site. I can't wait to do this with my almost 4 yo.

    Keep the wonderful ideas coming, please!

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