Creating a vibrant, bright and uniquely colored crayon at home is a simple craft for both kids and adults. Crayons can be made out of a variety of materials, but most commonly homemade crayons are made from beeswax. Once the beeswax is melted you can mix food colorings together and create different intensities of color and vibrancy. The crayons can then be set into different shapes using a muffin tins or cookie cutters.
Items you will need
- White bar soap
- Measuring cup
- Microwave-safe dish
- Small jars
- Paste food coloring
- Mini muffin tin
- Cookie cutters
- Vegetable oil spray
Grate one bar of white soap into a measuring cup with a cheese grater. Add the same amount of beeswax chunks to a microwave safe bowl so that there is a one-to-one ratio. Add the grated soap to the bowl.
Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it on high for approximately one minute. Watch the mixture as it begins to melt. Microwaves vary so it may take less time to melt the mixture. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
Divide the hot mixture into different jars based on how many colors you want to make. Be careful when pouring as the mixture must remain very hot in order to allow for proper setting and coloration.
Add several drops of paste-based food coloring to each jar. You can mix primary colors together to achieve different shades. Stir each mixture with a toothpick and eye the quality of the color. Depending on the amount of beeswax and soap in each jar, you may need to add several more drops of food coloring. The more drops you use, the more vibrant the color will be.
Spray a mini muffin tin with vegetable oil. Pour the colored mixtures into the individual cups of the muffin tin, taking care not to overflow the cups. If you are using cookie cutters, spray a baking sheet and the cookie cutters with vegetable spray. Place the cookie cutters on the baking sheet, then pour the wax mixture into them.
Place the mixture in the freezer and allow the wax to harden completely. Then simply pop the crayons out and use them.
Tips & Warnings
- If your crayons begin to look chunky while setting, place them in the oven for a few minutes at 350 degrees, then allow them to reset.
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