Molded crayon party favors


R’s 4th birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I’m in full party planning mode. Right now, I’m putting together ideas for the favors. I’ve been seeing those cute DIY molded crayons all over Pinterest for so long and I decided to make some as a practise run for the party. There are a few different ways to create them, so I made two batches using a different method each time. My goal was to discover which was the simplest method while producing the best results.

My first batch was made using the oven method shared at Our Big Earth. I then made a second batch using the stove top method I saw at Homemade by Jill.

HOW TO MAKE MOLDED CRAYONS  USING THE OVEN METHOD

SUPPLIES:
1. Crayons
2. Molded baking tray

Both methods begin the same way. Either gather up all those broken bits of crayon lying around the kids’ art corner, or use new crayons. Remove the wrappers.

Some great fine motor skills practise happening here! R really enjoyed helping out with this step. I think he found it rather relaxing which suited me just fine as unwrapping crayons makes me a little crazy! Next, break the crayons into smaller pieces. I used a knife to cut the crayons into pieces about the size of a large pea.

In hindsight, it really wasn’t necessary to make the pieces so small and uniform in size. Just use common sense and break the crayon pieces to an appropriate size to fit the mold you are using. If you’re using a large shaped mold then the crayon peices can be larger. If your mold shapes are small, then make the crayon pieces smaller. Another tip, if you don’t make your pieces all the same size, then larger pieces will take longer to melt. Just make sure you keep your crayons in the oven long enough so that they have melted completely.

Transfer the crayon pieces into your baking tray. You want to be fairly generous here so that when the crayons melt, they fill the mold to almost full capacity. I wanted to create a marbled effect for these crayons so I mixed different colored pieces together in the molds.

Bake in the oven at 120 degrees celsius (250 F) for about 15 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the liquid to cool and set completely before removing them from the mold. This is how ours turned out. Pretty aren’t they?

HOW TO MAKE MOLDED CRAYONS  USING THE STOVE TOP METHOD

SUPPLIES:
1. Crayons
2. Molded baking tray, chocolate mold or ice cube tray
3.An empty tin can
4. Saucepan
5. Water
6. A tool for stirring such as a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick. (You can use cooking utensils but be prepared for a heavy clean up job afterwards)

This time I used ice cube molds that I picked up recently from IKEA for a sweet 99 cents each!

Gather your crayons and break into smaller pieces as outlined in the oven method. Bring some water to the boil on the stove and then reduce it to a simmer. Put your crayon pieces inside the empty tin can and then carefully put the can into the simmering water as shown below.

Gently stir the crayons until they have melted completely, then remove the can and pour the mixture into your molds. The tin can will be HOT so use an oven mit!!

Leave the crayons to cool and set. Remove them from the mold and you’re done!

Both of these methods were pretty fast and easy. The oven method produced  glossier looking crayons but this actually made them less vibrant on paper. When he tried these out, R had to press really hard to create any color on paper from them. The stove top crayons however were as vibrant as ever on paper.

Another advantage of the stove top method is that there are more options for molds. Oven trays tend to be large shapes for cupcakes and muffins which means you’ll be producing huge crayons. Additionally, if you want to buy a spefic shaped mold for a themed party for example, baking trays can be expensive.  On the other hand, for the stove top method, you can use ice cube trays or chocolate molds which have smaller shapes (better for little hands to use) and these types of molds tend to be much less expensive than baking trays.

These were so much fun to create and they’ll make great favors for R’s 4th birthday party. Now, to find some jungle themed molds…..

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Comments
  1. These are awesome and your post makes it look super easy to do! I am definitely adding this one to my list for our next birthday! Thanks you for sharing Ness!

    • Thank you! Let me know how it goes! They really are easy and quick. I can’t wait to make some more.

  2. This is such a great idea! I absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing (found you through Pinterest!)

    • Hello! Thank you for your lovely comment. These were really easy to make. I hope you have fun with it.

  3. Fun idea and great pictures! Love reading your blog. I’m a new follower!

    • Thank you! I’m following you now too! :)

  4. I’ve seen them around too and often wondered how well the crayons wrote after they had been melted down and reshaped. Good to know that the stove top method worked better; I would have used the oven and then probably been disappointed. Thanks for the test-run :D

    • Thank you for your comment Kate. I hope you have fun making these, whichever method you end up going with!

  5. Love this! I’ve done the oven many times, but never the stove – can’t wait to try it!

    • Hi Leslie! Thanks for your comment. The stove method was much simpler than I thought it would be. Let me know how it goes!

  6. awesome! beautiful pictures too ;)

    • Thank you Jen! That means so much to me coming from an amazing photographer like you! :)

  7. Hi Ness! Your posts are always great–the photos are so luscious and beautiful too. I have made crayon molds with my kids using a mini muffin tin and the oven but had NO idea it could be done this way! We have so many fun ice cube molds too so I can’t wait to try it. :) It brought a huge smile to my face to read your comment and see that you had stopped by the blog. It was the middle of the night and I was feeding my son so not in the greatest of mind frames—your comment made my whole week! Hope you are doing great and looking forward to many more fun posts from you. :) Brooke

    • Aww, Brooke! Thank you. Reading your blog just makes me happy. All my love to you and your newly extended family!

  8. Adorable! Love them!

  9. Carren

    I found you through Pinterest and THIS is JUST the blog posting I’ve been looking for! I, too, am planning to make shaped crayons as party favors for my sons upcoming birthday party and was curious about the difference between oven and stove top methods. Like a previous poster, I would also have chosen the oven method and disappointed when they didn’t write very well. Thank you for posting about your experimentation! Also, do you happen to know if there would be a difference with the washable v. traditional crayons? What about different brands?

    • Hi Carren, thanks for your comment. I’m so happy that this post was helpful to you. I’m not sure about the washable v traditional crayons, but every conversation I’ve had with other Moms, suggests that the better known brands always work best for crafts like these rather than the cheaper unknown brands. Happy Birthday to your son and good luck with the party!

  10. Great post!! BTW, one easy way to take the wrapper off crayons is to soak them in water for a few minutes :) Thanks again for the differences!

    • Oh what a fantastic tip! Thank you Jenn! the unwrapping was rather tedious. I’ll definitely try soaking them next time.

  11. Emma

    Hi
    Any ideas how I can stop the colour and the wax seperating???
    I end up with a band of wax on the bottom of the crayon which spoil the look a little.

    • Emma I’m so sorry for not replying sooner! This is probably too late for you now, but I think what it comes down to is the quality of the crayons. I’ve heard from others doing melted crayon art etc (you know the type you see all over Pinterest) that if you use a cheaper brand of crayon they tend to be oily and not melt as well. Hope that helps and again, I’m so sorry for the late reply!

  12. I actually prefer the oven method because the crayons are multi-coloured and when you start scribbling on a paper you see all these different hues coming through and it’s constantly changing. For my 3 year old who like to pick one crayons and then scribble endlessly with it, the multi-coloured crayon is her best friend. When you melt them down on the stove you essentially create a new colour blend and I think it’s sort of boring.

    Also, silicone ice cube trays can be baked in the oven! They’re the exact same thing as silicone baking trays, but smaller, often with more detailed designs, and they make fantastic crayons!

  13. Elizabeth

    Hi, there. Can I use the same can or do I need to have different cans for different colors?? I wish I have a very old pot with me.

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  18. Louise

    Do you need to use a different can for each colour or do they clean fairly easy between colours?

  19. Jennifer

    I thought this idea was so cute and with my daughters 2nd bday party coming up the starfish and fish for into perfectly with our theme of Ariel/under the sea. How did you get the crayons to pop out of the starfish and fish molds without breaking? Mine break no matter what I try :-(

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