By: Robin Ruerhrwein
This is a tutorial that I posted on my personal blog, Masshole Mommy, last week, but I was so proud of my accomplishment – that I wanted to share it here, too.
Let me start by saying that I don’t consider myself to be a crafty sort of mom. I just don’t have what it takes to pull it off as much as I wish I did. I do a lot of scrapbooking, though, and not to toot my own horn, but I think I do a pretty good job at them. That is pretty much the extent of my crafting abilities, though. However, as I started planning my boys Lego themed birthday party, which I’m having in August, I realized that I’d either have to shell out a lot of cash for Lego supplies – or just make them myself. So my first attempt at being crafty was to make Lego shaped crayons that I plan on putting into the kids goody bags.
So, I went onto Ebay and ordered these silicone ice cube trays:
As you can see one tray consists of little Lego bricks and the other are Lego Minifigure shaped (and yes, they are the exact same height as a real Lego Minifigure). They were only a couple of bucks apiece and compared to buying premade Lego shaped crayons (on Ebay or similar sites), I saved a bundle.
I picked up a bunch of packs of crayons for .24 cents each while I was at Walmart and those are what I used to make the Lego shaped crayons.
Next I spent what felt like forever some time peeling all of them.
After they were all peeled, I broke them into little pieces and filled the molds:
Next I put them into the microwave (12 minutes for the Minifigures and 15 minutes for the Lego bricks) until all the crayons were melted:
Once the wax was fully melted, I put the trays of melted wax into the fridge for about ten minutes and voila:
These were so inexpensive and easy to make & I really was proud that they turned out so well. What do you think?
118 thoughts on “Homemade Crayons”
I love them! Great idea!
What a great job you did. I actually have done similar to recycle crayon bits around the house and to make Christmas gift crayon disc: http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-with-preschoolers-recycled-crayons.html It’s a great fine motor and sorting activity for kids.
Thanks for sharing this. I was actually thinking the same thing when I read this post: What a great way to recycle worn down and broken crayons!
Great post. I made something similar once and my fingers were so sore after removing those wrappers! You did a great job, can’t wait to see party pictures!
What an easy and awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!
I think it would be a great idea for a bachlorette party too. Just with a different set of molds.
I love that idea! My sister does Slumber Parties and I am going to make that suggestion to her, thanks 🙂
Great way to use up broken crayon bits. Thanks!
Great idea!!! I love it. Something simple but yet so fabulous!! Thanks for the idea and the how to….something I will keep in my idea drawer.
What a fun activity! I’ve never seen those Lego ice trays; too cute!
That is so cool!!! What a great idea!
WHOAAAAAAA! I want to go to there.
So cute! You could use them as party favors for kids birthdays too! I love them!
These are so cute and creative! I’m studying to be an elementary school teacher and I’d love to do this for my future classroom! Great idea!
This is awesome! I am going to try this.
These are VERY cool! I love this. I didn’t even know you could purchase moulds online. This is a fantastic idea, and I’m sure a ton of mom’s are going to follow in your footsteps with whatever party themes they decide on and make crayons related to it!!
Very creative! I still love crayons!
You needed preschoolers to peel the crayons for you!
Love this – such fun! I do not consider myself to be a very crafty mom but these I think I can do. Thanks for sharing this.
Brilliant! When I was a kid, we make new crayons out of all our old and broken ones, but we just used mini muffin pans. Using shaped molds like these are so much better. Your boys will have an amazing party 🙂
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Another non-crafty-sort-of-mom here…and I have to say, BRAVO to you!
How fun… 🙂
What a fabulous idea! They’re so cute 🙂
Those are so cool! Bet the boys will love them.
this is actually darn awesome
Ohhh yes. This is an adorable project! I’m filing it under “future activites” for me to share with my nephew.
Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
Great idea! Where did you find the lego figure mold?
It is amazing how many things exist in the world that we don’t even know about! Now I know about about at least one more.
LOVE THIS!!! I have to do this. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!
Sent this to my sister with 2 kids. LOVE IT! So cute. I would make these for my nonexistent children!
Haha awesome! I’m gonna try that soon.
oh my gosh these are awesome! i have a new little guy and these will be perfect. thanks for the post!
That’s awesome! I have lots of good memories of playing Legos with my siblings. And these wouldn’t hurt so much if you step on them…
You’re like Martha Stewart – only likeable!
Eureka! That’s brilliant! What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing!
very good tips,,, very creative…
This is BRILLIANT! I will have to do this project immediately but with animal heads or letters.
That is so cool! I might just make some for myself, haha.
This is AWESOME!!!!!
Seriously, these are amazing. My mom is a kindergarten teacher and she would totally love these! Amazing post!
I had no idea they still made crayons! What a great way to make sure you use all of them.
Love the creativity!!! Much cheaper than buying them preformed and you can mix your own colors like we used to in the muffin tins!!!
cool i wonder if they really work
Wow, this is so cool!
excellent idea, im gonna be on the lookout for some interestingly shaped ice cube trays now!
it might be worth throwing a little ”dont leave the room” safety addendum on the bottom of this post though… i had a look at your own blog and spotted the slightly less successful attempt! x
I picked up some molds at Target for $2.50 around Valentines Day and made heart shaped crayons… same idea, I did it in the oven however- same end result! Never thought to look for lego molds!!
These are so awesome! I’m thinking flower shaped for my girls! You’ve opened up a whole new world!!! You may not think your creative but you certainly have a creative mind! 😀 Great post, thanks for sharing it. xox
Almost makes me wish that I had kids, but not quite. However, if I was a kid again this would be a really cool idea.
great post – gotta try it for myself haha
Wow… when I was a kid I would have had my parents pay a lot of money to buy these for me. I loved Lego’s and I loved coloring. Would have been neat to combine the two.
I am very impressed by what you did… maybe you should hit up Lego to see if they would be interested in the idea? They have Lego candy, I don’t see why they can’t make Lego crayons.
omg that is so awesome! I love Lego and it was so easy to make! Great idea 🙂
How cool! It’s an awesome idea!
This is great! Very clever idea. Not to mention you’re being money saver! I can share this tutorial to my nephews and nieces. Am sure they will enjoy it. Thanks a lot for sharing!
This is so cool…very creative !
so cute, i like it.. ^_^
I love it!!!!
Wow! So cool!
Ahhh I used to loveeeee legos when I was a kid…heck I still love them! This is such a creative response to getting rid of your old crayons!
Congratulations for making it in the freshly pressed!
I love your idea! It’s another way of using worn and overused crayons. I think we could even involve kids in this task.
What a fun and easy idea! I’ll definitely keep this in mind as a potential unique gift for friends’ kids. I love the quality of your photos as well.
This might be the coolest idea ever! Thanks for sharing.
wow i will definatly try this. how did you become freshley pressed? pls visit my site
Wow what a project!!! I retweeted and put this link up on my Facebook, I’ve asked my friends if they would like to volunteer their children so I can make these for them!! THank you so much for sharing!
GREAT post and idea as a crater myself well not as much as I like this will be defiantly something I will have to do in the future thanks.
So Cool! I’m going to try something similar for my little guy!
So much fun! This is one of those “I wish I had thought of this” items.
Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.
wow! I will definitely try this with my sons crayons. Thanks for sharing
Oh wow, great idea 🙂
my gosh this is fascinating~!!!
haha! how great is that
What a cute idea! My friends son’s 5th birthday party is a lego star wars theme. I think I might just have to make these for him!
You are a very clever Mommy brilliant the look awesome!
Thanking you in advance for a peaceful day during the next school holidays! The kids will love doing this. I will be on the look-out for other interesting molds now. Congrats on being freshly pressed too.
I am so stealing this idea.
Great idea. You know the very first thing I did was go to e-bay and investigate the price of those molds. (Never knew they had such a thing) What a perfect back to school project to do for a teacher who needs cheap things in her treasure chest.
wow, very nice idea… thanks for sharing 🙂
Your final works like Robot!! Haha, it is interesting!!
That’s so cool! I might have to try that. I’ve got several shaped ice-cube trays. Not Lego, but cool anyway. You could make all sorts of shapes.
very cute crayons!
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My mother and I used to make these when I was a child, although then we used the inner core of spools of thread and would have to use one color at a time.
Awesome project. 🙂
Great idea! We have made homemade crayons before but not this fun. Now with all the fun silicone ice trays that are out anything is possible. Thanks for sharing.
I think I’ll have to re-post idea on my blog. So great!! It would be awesome to make with kids when they bring back their old used crayons on the last day of school.
That was a great and inventive idea. Wish I came up with it. 🙂
Very cute…I have a similar post on my blog about making crayons for my classroom. It is listed under the Projects Page. Just wanted to share something that took me way too long to figure out…soak your crayons in water…wrappers fall right off. Peeling is rough on the fingernails!!
that’s an awesome idea! i want to make those and i don’t even have kids!
cool, we have lego brick ice cube trays. Sweet.
What a wonderful idea! I love building with Lego and now with your idea, I’ll build them with crayons! Lol.
These are awesome molding techniques and really cool ways to make party theames work.
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I can’t wait to hear more about the other Lego items you make! Keep us posted.
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These are so cute- good job!
Simple, inexpensive. creative…I LOVE IT (my daughter would too)! ❤
You are so crafty! I am definitely going to do this for my boys who LOVE legos. Thanks for sharing!
WOW!! Thats cool! I wish I had cool things like that when I was a kid:) thanks.
Great idea love the lego crayons, those trays are great. Been looking for ideas to entertain my son through the school holidays definitely going to have to give this a go as he’s got loads of broken crayons. Thanks for sharing
this is so nice! 🙂
Ok…so this was the first time I’d heard about doing them in the microwave and jumped right on it. I wanted to make some awesome shapes for my preschool daughter’s class….Too freaking awesome! No double broiler needed, no paper cups & oven, etc!!!
You may want to add a line about making sure to stay on top of the crayons in the microwave & to check them, EARLY – as in within the first 1-2 minutes – to make sure it is going to take even more than 5 minutes to melt down the crayons. Else not to have the microwave on high?
I didn’t check on mine until about 6 minutes into it and I not only melted my crayons, but my silicone tray is part of the melted crayon blob and a permanent part of the plate I’d put the tray on. I know, likely mostly my fault for not staying in there with them, but it totally sucked to lose my new tray.
wow what a great idea i love them they look so cool ….. You should try to make erasers .
This looks very interesting to do. I love it! thanks for sharing this today.
What a super idea, who would of thought it. Now I know what to do with all the odd bits I find lying around the house. Will keep the kids entertained both making and using. Thanks for this tip x
I LOVE THEM!! How cool. My grandson will love it!!!
I love this! I don’t have kids of my own, but I’ll have to pass this on to some people I know that work at a daycare, they’ll love it.