DIY molded crayons

Sorry about last week.  I realized Oscar's birthday was quickly approaching (this Saturday - can you believe he is already two?!!) and switched gears to birthday party/gift crafting.  The blessing dress pattern is on the temporary back burner, but is back on the schedule for next week.

In the meantime, I have all kinds of party stuff going on.  What started out as a small and simple party is becoming a small party that I am making a million things for.  I can't help myself.  :) 

First up, race car crayons!


 The theme for Oscar's party is cars, so last night I made race car shaped crayons to include in the kids' favor bags.

You won't believe how easy this is.  (Sorry about the icky, dark action shots.  This is not a project you want to do with your kids around, so I took these in my dark kitchen at night).
 
First, break up your crayons and put them in a double boiler (I used a tin can in a pot of water).

 Melt them down over boiling water.  I used a wooden dowel to stir.

Pour the melted wax into a plastic chocolate mold (I ordered mine HERE).  DO NOT touch the tin can with your bare hand.  It gets crazy hot.
 

Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer.  When they are fully set, they'll slide right out of the mold!

 

So easy.  So inexpensive.  I used a Michael's coupon to get a big 120-count box of Crayola crayons on the cheap and was able to make 46 race cars.



With so many great chocolate molds available, you could customize this project to just about any theme.  I'd love to make a train crayon set or a zoo animal set.  How fun!

82 comments:

Amy said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the tip!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

Christian said...

Man I wish Oscars birthday was a month ago! I had a race car them for my son Preston's 2nd birthday. It was fun.. I actually used your idea of the birthday banner you made for Oscars 1st birthday, only making the circles into "tires" and faces of Preston on the opposite side. Those crayons are a great idea.. I may use a similar idea for christmas stocking stuffers. :)

Sarah said...

Awesome! You are so crafty and creative!

con il ♥ e le mani said...

wow! it's a cue idea, as all yours are... you are great jill, thank you so much!

Amanda Joy said...

My little boy Asher turns three on the 23rd. We are doing a little Halloween party. I just got one of those pretzel rod molds that look like witches fingers. I wonder if I don't fill it too high, I can do those. I will just have to try it out and see, if not there are so many fun Halloween molds right now that I can't really go wrong. Thanks for this awesome tutorial:)

The Cahoons! said...

I LOVE them! Thanks for a great Christmas idea for my toddler.

The Print Lover said...

Oh, lovely idea. I so love melting stuff :P

Alison said...

So much cuter than just melting all of the crayon stubs down and making a crayon blob! My girls would love these in the princess crown molds I have! Thanks for the tutorial!

Laura said...

This is such a fun idea! Im going to make the train set for my 2 and 3 year old boys for Christmas!!

Haley @ Hammer and Thread said...

Brilliant! Soooo doing this for my kiddo and his friends. Love it!
www.hammerandthread.blogspot.com

Hollye said...

I made these for my daughter's preschool last year for Christmas and the parents LOVED them. I also bought a ream of paper and had Staples cut it into 4ths for me. I made them all mini note tables with the crayon. It was a huge hit!

Starfly Designs said...

Thses are so cool!

~Lisa
www.starflydesigns.com

Little Lizard King said...

This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make my own, in girly shapes, of course!

Erica said...

How fun! I am adding this to my "Craft Bucket List" bisforboycreations.blogspot.com/

momof3under7 said...

This is a great idea for all those broken crayons that your kids will no longer color with! Try using an alphabet letter mold! My kids love their "new crayons" in the shape of the first letter of their names!

Tricia said...

This idea has been on my mind a lot lately. My son loves breaking crayons so I figure I should make some new ones. The tin can is a great idea.

Walden said...

How wonderful!

Kari B. said...

We just did this for my son's birthday! We used recycled crayons and a mini-muffin tin and mixed to colors a little. I like the candy mold idea!
http://artofthecow.blogspot.com/2010/10/cupcakes-crayons-and-cuts.html

Kama said...

I did this, but I used "junky" crayons you get from restaurants and it was a DISASTER! They don't melt, but just turn into a yucky clay-like substance. Make sure you go for the real deal--Crayola--or you waste a lot of time, energy and end up throwing away a lot of crayons that were previously okay to color with.

Barbie and Craig said...

BRILLIANT!!! I've only seen these done with old leftover crayons...never with NEW crayons to make actual pretty shapes! Why didn't I think of that?! Thinking this would be an awesome niece/nephew Christmas gift/stocking stuffer...and for my son, of course...the train is a MUST! Thanks for your awesome ideas!!!

Kat said...

That is such a cute idea!

Jess Gilbert said...

Wow, these look incredible, love it and will be trying this someday. Thanks Jill!

Cecilia said...

I haven't seen them done with new crayons, what a good idea! And if I'm completely honest, I'm glad you suggested the tin can, I was thinking that wouldn't be a fun pot to clean :)

Trace and Sarah said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Jill! My son's 2nd is coming up and I had planned to purchase themed crayons, but now I will attempt to make them!

Loren, Matt & Kaine said...

Okay, that is seriously the coolest and cutest project!!! My son would absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!! Can't wait to try it!

Yangs said...

Great idea! I can't wait to try it...browsing now for chocolate molds! happy birthday preparations!

ARS3202 said...

I just made car crayons for my son's 2nd birthday. The theme was cars. I used your picnik tutorial to make the HONK cupcake toppers and then made matching stickers. I put 4 cars in a cellophane bag and closed with the cute matching stickers. So cute!

sebclar said...

wow, your crayons came out great! I tried this with recycled crayons. They came out awful (so awful we don't color with them). However, this has reinspired me to try again!

Catalina said...

My son's birthday is next month! I am so excited about this craft:) thank you jill. you're wonderful.

shumim said...

the cars are beautiful!!!!
did you melt each color separately? usually i see melted crayons in mixed colors but yours seem to be one color.

mallmamma said...

LOVE THIS IDEA!! I have twin boys turning two next week. The trains would be a big hit, where can I find train molds?

Ashleigh said...

These are the cutest crayons I've ever seen. I've done some molded crayons, but these cars are the best! I'm going to look for this mold, because my son would LOVE these! Thanks for the tip!

Heidi said...

Love this idea! I'm going to have to come up with an excuse to make some of these.

CraftyMummy said...

What a fabulous idea! My little boy would love these, and I can imagine doing them as gifts too. Thanks for the inspiration - I can't wait to do a little feature on my blog and share your post with my readers. (I'll let you know when I do ;)

Wendy said...

I actually make & sell these on Etsy :) Do you remember how much the crayons were at Michaels? I had been getting them from Walmart but now I'm wondering if it would be better to get them there!

Jill @ homemade by jill said...

shumim - I combined similar colored crayons (light blue together, dark blue together). They weren't all exact matches, but the colors blend when you melt them.

Wendy - The 120-count box of crayons at Michael's was $11.99, but with a 40% off coupon, only about $7. A pretty good deal!

Elizabeth said...

I'm loving those molds! Super cute? Did you buy a lot of molds, or just reuse one? How long do they take to dry?

Jodi said...

These are adorable! I saw them on Ohdeedoh, and am so glad I've found your blog. SO CUTE!

savvy stitch said...

This is the COOLEST gift idea for my little boy!

Rachel said...

Ironic, my little boy is turning 2 in January and I wanted to do a car theme also! This is perfect! Keep posting all the fun things you do so I can get some good ideas! :)

Melissa said...

this is a great idea!!

you used metal trays for the shapes? Im sure i can find them at michaels. I am thinking Christmas presents for the kids! :)

thank you

dana said...

totally cool car crayons. I've seen meltdown crayon things before but these are some of the coolest!

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What a great idea

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Ashley said...

Amazing! I've followed you since the start... and you've done nothing but inspire me, Jill! This is such an easy, fun idea!
I'd love to talk to you about guest blogging with me, if you had a spare couple of minutes! (haha! A girl can dream!)

Excellent post! Love it!

The Sneaky Mommy said...

You are a GENIUS!!!! I love this idea and have my amazon cart full of molds! :) Of course, everything you do is amazing! I've been gazing at your creations for over a year...this one pushed me over the edge to comment! :) Have a great weekend!

Lauren said...

Love this idea! These would be great stocking stuffers for my kids. One question: how do you pour the melted wax into the mold without spilling it everywhere? This is probably a stupid question, but I'm a klutz and am envisioning a huge mess. :)

Robin said...

Love these. I just wrote a somewhat similar tutorial and put a link to this tutorial for people looking for a different method of melting crayons. Here is the link:

http://www.thetshirtdiaries.com/2010/10/upcycled-crayon-tutorial.html

Thanks!

Jenn Erickson said...

Wow! Those came out so beautifully! I haven't made crayons in ages, but you've definitely inspired me to give them another try!

The Whimsical Princess said...

Hey Jill:

These are so super cute, I made some halloween ones but they turned white like chocolate does. Any thoughts? Maybe it was my cheap crayons? Thanks for the tips!

www.thewhimsicalprincess.blogspot.com

The Whimsical Princess said...

Nevermind I got it! It is all in the molds don't be tempted to use the cute silicone molds they don't make them nice and shiny. FYI Dollar tree has 48 and 64 count crayons for $1.00.

www.thewhimsicalprincess.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

These are awesome! I've heard of people using muffin tins as crayon molds, but these are way more fun. I want to go make some for my boys! Thanks for sharing!

Sara from Sara vs. Sarah said...

these are super cute! what a great idea ...thanks for sharing.

CraftyMummy said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured your crayons on my blog: http://mummycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/easy-crayon-cars.html

Tania said...

did you use any colouring at all? I can't work out how you could use all those blues to get one colour but have so much variety in the colours you made? not sure I made sense lol

thanks!
Tania

Belly Monster's Mama said...

Such an awesome idea, I'm actually going to try it! I already ordered the zoo animal molds, and I got the Crayola 120 count crayons at Walmart for their everyday low price of $5.97. I can't wait to try this!

As an aside, I hadn't been to your blog in a great long while and was surprised to see the addition of a new baby! I myself was admitted to the hospital on the day you had Ruby. Eight days later, I had my Charlotte :) Congrats on your little pink bundle!

Amber @ Because Babies Grow Up said...

I actually bought a bazillion boxes of crayons when they were 20 cents a pack during back-to-school shopping with the intention of making molded crayons out of them. Then I ruined my cheap silicone-ish pumpkin mold last month and have been wondering what to do.

Thanks for your perspective on this project. It's given me a renewed desire to make the crayons! I just ordered the cars, plus farm animals, butterflies, leaves, and dinosaurs. Time to unwrap crayons!

Erin said...

I'm making these this week for my turning-3-year-old's train party Saturday. Beautiful! I found the molds on Amazon for just $2, and free 1-2 day shipping when you sign up for Amazon Mom! Here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26node%3D1055398%26ref_%3Dbl_sr_kitchen%26field-brandtextbin%3DCK%2520Products&tag=allaboatl-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Just wanted to thank you again for your amazing ideas! I linked up to you today with these cute crayons! Thank you!

fraufertig said...

I love this idea and I also have a million crayons I could recycle. Unfortunately such nice molds are NOT available in Germany. I found wonderful ones on amazon.com but the shipping would value more than 50 dollars!!! I´m desperate. Germany is just miles away from the crafting supplies choice you have in America. Lucky you.

Shelley said...

I love this craft. We did this with silicone baking trays. I love that you can just break up the crayons and place them in the tray and pop in oven and let melt. I hated the double boiler with the kids, very messy. But it is hard to find cute silicone baking trays that are cute like the candy molds. Following via another blog hop. Hope you can follow back.
God Bless,
Shelley
http://mylifeadventurebyme.blogspot.com/

Sheryl said...

In case anyone was wondering, you can actually use a JellO mold for these too! :)

Thanks, Jill! these will be perfect in my little boys stocking!

mobmom said...

Thanks for this great idea Jill! I made some for my little boy's birthday party. I was too late to order the candy molds from your supplier and made do with Pretzel Molds from Michaels--you can read about our other modifications on my blog if you wish.

http://mobmom.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/vrroom-recycled-crayon-race-cars/

I still love your car rainbow--I haven't made all the colors yet.
Thanks
Chris

Margaret Patterson said...

How did you get each car to be a different color without melting each crayon separately and a lot of clean up in between colors?

homemade by jill said...

Actually, I made the crayons in order of rainbow progression and didn't even clean the can between colors. And the crayons in each batch weren't all exactly the same color - I grouped them in light blues, dark blues, etc. Hope that helps!

Debbie Cummings said...

My 8 and 10 y o girls LOVE this project. 10 y o peeled 500 plus crayons in one night! We have done the candy molds and the BIG molds for cakes. BIG bugs and Zoo animals ... they are the don't melt first kind. We also phone phones & gumball machines. Such a GREAT project for all ages!

gatesofgrace said...

So cute. I am going to do this with my boy, who is a crayon addict!

I linked to you in my blog so others could find and enjoys this too. Thanks!!

http://gatesofgrace.wordpress.com/the-gates-family-circus/here-comes-peter-cottentail/

Sab said...

So good idea!!!! I love it! :-)

Elegantpaws said...

Super idea for little boys parties! Thank you for sharing.

Christian said...

I made some yesterday... I used a train mold. :) I think they turned out great, and now I am afraid I may have become addicted lol. Thanks for the tutorial! http://christianscreativeideas.blogspot.com/2011/07/choo-choo-crayons.html

Maria said...

Cool idea!

Rosi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I have followed your instructions and made some yesterday, I used a chocolate mould and new crayons. I wrapped each crayon in greaseproof paper and used a meat mallet to break them up. I now have some lovely butterflies, all perfect for my grand daughters birthday party bags. Many thanks.

Yane said...

Thanks for posting this! I had seen a post were they used silicone molds and was going crazy trying to find a banana mold. I'm doing Curious George for my sons 1st bday. All the once I found were like $20-$30 and only had 6 cavities! I am so excited that I can use chocolate molds. Oh and the other posts talked about chopping up the crayons and putting everything in the oven. I think this is way easier!

Anonymous said...

How many crayons did you use in each batch? How many molds did you use?

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Lisa said...

Thanks for posting this! You are amazing!! I did baseball players recently and I'm really happy with how they turned out.

http://wineandglue.blogspot.com/2011/12/brewers-birthday-goodies-part-2-themed.html

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try this out with my 2 boys! Thank you for the tutorial.

gail said...

thank you so much for your comment on my blog - it was such a huge complement! i've been so inspired by your blog over the years. in fact, i'm about to attempt these crayons (cloud shaped) for my daughter's birthday party this weekend. it's been on my list from the moment i saw this post!

Plastic Mold said...

Good post

I would love to see crayons being used in plastic mold industry

cheers

Kit said...

Beautiful job!

Omana said...

Thanks for the tip!! Great instructions!!

Anonymous said...

Would this work with a jello mold? Also, how can you pick the can up while the crayon is melted? Oven Mitts? Well this is a wondrous idea for me and my friends. They surely will love this total DIY craft project