How To Make Your Own Crayon Shapes

Can you believe that Davis will be turning two on Friday?  Just the other day a friend of mine gave birth to a baby boy and because it was so close to Davis’s birthday  all of the feelings and emotions of that day came flooding back to me.  So, as I am preparing for a two year olds birthday I want to capture some of what inspires that little guy.  He is having a tractor themed birthday because he loves them so much!  I really am one of those people who despises birthday party favors unless it is something homemade or something we can put to use.  Following the theme of what Davis loves, I decided to create a few tractor shaped crayons for his friends.  If you have ever wondered how to make your own crayon shapes it really is simple and fun!  If your kids are a little older they may even be able to help you.

how to make your own crayons

What you need:

  • Several old crayons with papers removed
  • Several paper cups
  • 1 baking sheet
  • Cooking spray
  • Several toothpicks (for stirring)
  • Candy mold of shape of choice (plastic, metal or silicone)
Instructions:
  1. First you will want to gather all of your crayons together and divide them into color groups.  If you would prefer a more swirled look you could mix your colors.
  2. Break the crayons in half and place them in a paper cup by color grouping (we used about 6 crayons per cup)
  3. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
  4. Place the cups of crayons onto a baking sheet and into the oven for 10 minutes (check and stir after 5 minutes)
  5. Lightly spray your candy molds with cooking spray so that the colors do not stick and they slide out easily
  6. Pour your melted crayons into the candy molds and let sit until completely cool.  You can place them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.  Plan on about 30 minutes.
  7. Turn your candy molds upside down and the finished crayons should fall right out.  If not simply tap them or use a butter knife along the sides.  We used a plastic candy mold and they fell out when turned over.
how to make your own crayon shapes
Once we were finished with ours I used plastic wrap and twine to make cute gift bags.  I attached a tractor coloring paper to the bag that I printed from the computer.  These turned out so cute and were so much fun to make!  We liked it so much that I think this will be a new craft project to add to our line up.  The best part is that you could easily recycle old crayons and make them something new and fun.  These also work well for Davis’s small hands to grip.
FYI: I first tried to melt these in the microwave and would not suggest this method.  Our microwave became unusually hot and the crayons were smoking.  Maybe we have a bad microwave but I would rather be safe than sorry!

 

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Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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Comments

  1. What a great idea and really, it’s quite simple too! The molds are just darling. But I’m still recovering over the fact he’s turning two.

  2. your tractor crayons turned out super cute.

  3. Oh, and Happy 2nd Birthday! Wow 2!

  4. So cute I have done this with muffin tins in the oven but never candy molds great idea!

  5. You know I recycle and make crayons out of old with muffin tins, but never thought about putting them in molds. Super fun!!

  6. I love it girlie! I couldn’t get over how easy there were too do. I did the Lego ones for Cole’s party but in silicone molds so it popped right out. I can’t wait to do Christmas one’s for school :)

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