DIY Tie Dye Crayons

A rainy day a few weeks ago my kids were looking online for a craft to do together…

Sometimes crafts with kids are fun, sometimes they are more trouble than they are worth.


We came across this fun idea on a few different sites…

I thought it was a great idea, because my boys are getting a little older and they don’t ever pull out their crayons anymore (sniff sniff).  I thought if we could re-purpose them they might get another chance to see the light of day.

We went through their art bin and pulled out crayons that had seen better days…

We peeled the paper off all the crayons..

so they are naked…and we broke them into small pieces.

I recommend using a silicon mold.  They crayons will pop out MUCH easier.

Also, I won’t ever use this mold for baking will be reserved for crayon making.  I imagine if you used disposable pans it would work perfect.

**If you don’t have a silicon pan you can use muffin (cupcake) pans…just freeze the crayons to help them pop out of the mold easier.

Here’s the silicon mold I used…

Fill each mold with broken pieces of crayon.  You could group similar colors or mix different colors for a more tie dyed look…

Bake in an oven set to 250° for 15 minutes or so, checking periodically because some crayons melt faster than others.

Remove from oven when all the crayons have melted.

Let cool completely before popping out.

That’s it!

Now get to coloring!

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  1. 1
    Brianna says:

    What a cute idea :)

  2. 2
    Monica says:

    Made these for my daughters pre-k class, bought rubber ice trays from Dollar Tree that looked like flowers!! too cute!

  3. 3
    Rachel says:

    I did this for valentine’s day – such a fun craft. I just hate that the pan is ridiculous to clean after. I think I have it nearly clean but might just bite the bullet and buy a new heart one if I ever want to bake in it again.

    • 3.1
      Carolyn says:

      Could you microwave instead of putting in oven?

      • Shelly says:

        Probably! You would just need to be careful it didn’t heat them up too hot, you want a really even heat, especially if you are going for the tie dyed effect…because if they heat too unevenly, you will need to stir them.
        I would love to know if you try it out!

  4. 4
    amy L says:

    I’ve made some like that in mini muffin tins…great idea using the silicone ones. MUCH easier to remove :)

  5. 5
    Sweetsugarbelle says:

    Spring break is next week! Doing this!

  6. 6
    Stephanie says:

    Love this and will definitely be doing it.
    Your son looks way too young to be done with crayons :`( Shedding a tear for you. My boys are 4 and 2 and it’s panicked me so much I had to get pregnant again. I’m not ready to give up the baby days!!
    Aaanyhoo. Thanks for the awesome step by step :)


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