Wax!!

My lovely friend bought me a very cute owl mold for my birthday so I’ve been making some tiny owl crayons to send back to her.

Wax owls

Wax owls

I managed to bag a cute little tin to put them in (I’m a sucker for a charity shop!).

Wax owls

Wax owls

I also made some glitter sticks for my sons (we are all very jackdaw-ish!). They are perfect for adding a bit of a spangle to pictures without the stress, because, let’s face it, little children + glitter = a very big mess to clean up (which is fine sometimes….but not all the time!).

Glitter stick

If you wanna have a go click on the link at the bottom for instructions

Glitter stick

Tangent #1: The friend who bought me the cute owl mold also told me a long while ago about a fab recipe for scones that required just three ingredients. I’m no cook….so this kind of recipe really appeals to me! Coincidentally I saw the same splendid recipe at Frog Goose and Bear today. Check it out….it’s a fun one for the kids…and you’ll never guess what the three ingredients are.

Tangent #2: I have been trying to make bath crayons by melting soap and adding food colouring….one problem…they don’t work. If anyone can shed any light on this I would be eternally grateful…I’ve got no idea where I’m going wrong!

I do really need to join twitter!

To make the glitter sticks you will need:
♥ An empty, clean tin can
♥ Clear/white wax candle (or old wax crayons)
♥ Glitter (fine glitter works best)
♥ Plastic mold
♥ Stick (for stirring)

EDITED TO ADD: I have since made glitter crayons out of old wax crayons and it works better than candle wax!

1) Break a candle up and pop in in a tin can.
2) Put a pan on the stove with about an inch of water in the bottom and bring to the boil. Once the water is boiling reduce to a simmer.
3) Pop the tin can in the water bath.
4) Once all the wax has melted stir in a spoonful of glitter.
5) Pour into your mold….don’t forget to use an oven mitt or tea-towel because the tin will be hot. You can use anything for a mold really. Little yogurt pots work well or any other plastic container.
6) Put mold in the freezer until the wax has set completely.
7) Tap glitter crayon out of mold.

You can also make glitter crayons from normal wax crayons…they work really well as they are a little softer than the candle wax…but superfine glitter is a must x


 

 

53 Comments Leave yours

  1. Where did you get the mold for the glitter crayon?

    • Loren #

      I assume a “wee pot” is a urine specimen container. I have never seen one like that. We just have sterile cups. However, I found this on Amazon.com

      http://www.amazon.com/Crayon-Soap-Mold/dp/B0087GTB5O/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_6

      • Kate #

        Thanks for the link Loren…very handy. Yes it was a specimen container. Perfect for the job…haha!

      • yes i got the mold wow its wonderful

        i made it and gave it to my friend

        she was so happy and she hugged me

        thank you very much …..

  2. Kate #

    Hi Brenbren…I’m almost embarrassed to say this…it is a wee pot! Unused of course (!) and has been hanging around in my house since our last visit to the doctors! They are perfect for making crayons and can be used over and over again! ROTFL Hahahahaa! I can’t look at anything these days without thinking how I can use it in some crafty pursuit :)

  3. love the glitter crayon, I will have to try it out, I hate cleaning up glitter and it is impossible to use without making a mess. Thanks!

  4. I saw this link on my freind’s Pinterest, so I haven’t personally tried it. Let me know if it works out for you?

    http://www.kiboomu.com/2011/04/02/were-making-bathtub-soap-crayons/

  5. I am definitely going to give those glitter crayons a go! I have a 2 year old obsessed with glitter! She has taken to stealing her big sisters glitter gel pens and drawing over every inch of her hands and arms to make “sparkle hands” when I am not watching. We are not allowed to wash her hands all day!

    Thanks so much for the link to the scone post – they really are soooo easy and soooo yummy!

    I bookmarked this recipe a while ago re. soap crayons, as it is on my list of things to do! It doesn’t seem to involve heating in any way…. http://www.ehow.com/how_6519814_make-bath-crayons.html

    • Nicole #

      what do you mean you are not allowed?

    • kim #

      How about get her glitter lotion or make your own by mixing super fine glitter into a lotion and let her decorate herself with that. It looks a lot nicer than glitter gel pens lol over that she won’t let u wash off.

  6. thank you very much for your blog ! so clear and well done ,is giving me lots of ideas, i want to try with my kids .
    MERCI !

  7. This is another one I had bookmarked that you might like, which has the same ingredients, but is bathtub puff paint….. I think she had trouble with the bath crayons too….

    http://www.chalkinmypocket.com/2011/02/how-to-make-bathtub-puffy-paint.html

  8. Thanks for the bath paint links Val and Emma….I’ll investigate. Yep the scones are cool. I used to chuck a handful of raisins in mine too….yummy. I just love the fact that you can cook with fizzy pop!

  9. Hiya Kate, LOVE your beautiful creative ideas. We make lots of crayons at ours, so for the bath crayons, I wonder if you could melt normal crayons, then add some straight glycerin to them, to soften them? You wouldn’t need very much, but this would make them soft enough to hopefully wipe off with a sponge. Oooh, and here is a linky http://www.monkeychimonkeydo.com/2010/12/upcycle-your-old-crayons-and-go-treerubbing/ to the way me and my monkeys make our crayons. I’ve got some secrets (like how to remove papers easily and and tips to reduce wax/color separation. Happy creating!xoxo

  10. i LOVE this owl mold!!! we just have heart and snowflake molds over here for crayon making, but i wish i had an owlie like this one to add to the mix! love it!

  11. We really loved your post this week and featured it in out Ten at Ten http://www.tots100.co.uk/2011/06/03/ten-at-ten-week-week-17/

  12. mand markey #

    love it lorryloads.

  13. Miss Dailey #

    To make soap crayons… use soap flakes and food coloring…. (you can also make your own soap flakes by putting Ivory Soap in a microwave. Look at http://www.stevespangler.com to see how to make Ivory Soap clouds)

  14. very clever I want to give the glitter crayon a try:)

  15. cindy #

    where does one get an owl mold like that?!!

  16. Kate #

    Hi Cindy…my friend bought me mine from etsy:
    http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?search_submit=&q=owl+mold

    Check the size though…the mold I had was pretty small…if you are making the crayons for little ones a bigger mold may be the way to go.

  17. Shari #

    I love the owl mold – please tell me where you purchased this? Thank you!

  18. Kate #

    Hi Shari…see comment above yours x

  19. Lisa #

    Hi Kate,

    love those little cuties. Was wondering what’s up with owls and this blog? I do really enjoy reading it. Photography is amazing of the individual posts. Keep up the creativity :)

  20. Hi Lisa,

    Haha! I guess I just have a little ‘thing’ for owls. My Dad is an ornithologist and has spent the best part of his career studying owls…many owl pictures adorn his walls…maybe that’s where it comes from! They are pretty cool birds though…don’t you think? x

  21. Kirsitn #

    Have just come across your website and love it…..at the same time saw this on Pintrest – don’t know if the bath crayon recipe works as I have not tried it but….
    http://www.kiboomu.com/2011/04/02/were-making-bathtub-soap-crayons/

  22. Kate #

    Hi Kirsitn (or is it meant to be Kirsten??). Thanks so much for the link. Yes, that’s the one i tried and it didn’t work at all! A few people who left comments on that article said it didn’t work for them either. I’m very curious to find out where i am going wrong. Quite a few people have sent me links to bath crayons made using grated soap but I haven’t actually spoken to anybody who has tried it out themselves.

    One day, when I have a bit more time on my hands, I will investigate!

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Happy Thursday! I’m hanging for Friday! :)

  23. cath #

    Hi Kate – how do you get he crayons out of the wee pot once they’ve hardened? Have been looking for a good mold and the pot is a brilliant size.
    Also, any good crayon recipes you can recommend for making them from scratch?
    Thanks!

    • Kate #

      Hi Cath,

      If you put the crayon in the fridge to harden you should be able to tap the crayon out of the mold once it’s fully set. You can rub oil on the inside of the mold if you like but I have never really found a need to.

      Adding glitter to regular colored crayons works really well too. I made some ‘night sky’ crayons with all the black/purple/blue crayons we had and put in some superfine glitter…they were great!

      No crayon recipe I’m afraid…one to investigate i think! I really fancy the idea of making beeswax crayons…….

  24. Bath crayons are really easy, I make them for gifts all the time!

    Get some melt and pour soap base (clear is what I use, I buy it at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc) and melt it in the microwave (I use a tupperware container). When it’s liquid, add fragrance oils (if you want), and a heavy dose of food coloring – more than you think you’ll need. Mold, cool, then pop them out!
    Works great, unlike the melted bath soap type.
    :)

    • Kate #

      Thanks Jacklen…I’ll give it a go and report back ^_^

  25. Alicia #

    I love the idea of adding glitter! I’ve made “new” crayons, out of old broken crayons, but next time will have to try adding fine glitter. If you save small glue sticks when they are empty, the containers make great molds for “new” crayons, and you can either pop them out, or use as a twistable crayon! Found that on pinterest, and it worked great.

    • Kate #

      Thanks for the tip Alicia. The gluestick thing sounds cool…gonna try!

  26. Amy #

    You can find a quick, easy tutorial for bath crayons here: http://library.rusticescentuals.com/item_52/Crayon-Soap.htm Add glitter if desired. :)

  27. macarena #

    How do you make new pretty crayons out of old broken ones? Do you just melt them on a pot and put them on a mold and than on the fridge? And do you have to use different colors of glitter for each crayon color? Like if i want different glitter crayons… kinda new with this crayon making stuff lol :P

  28. rynne #

    for the soap crayons have you tried adding an envelope or two of unsweetened koolaid? i used that when i made solid bubble bath for teh kids and it gets really great colour in the bath water without dyeing the kids blue lmao.

    • Kate #

      Hi Rynne, I can’t seem to buy koolaid in the UK. Useful for other though ^_^

  29. heather sanders #

    Making bath crayons–this is what i use–

    Bathtub Soap Crayons!

    Craft supplies you will need:

    Clear glycerin soap base cut into cubes 3 or more soap color dyes (or food color dyes) Essential oils in your favorite smells (optional) Glass measuring cup for melting soap Spoons for mixing colors and fragrances Ice cube trays or round crayon molds

    Craft instructions:

    Separate the soap base cubes; one pile for each soap color dye.

    Have the children place the soap cube for the first color in a glass measuring cup and melt in microwave in short bursts.

    Once melted, have the children add soap color a drop at a time, mixing well after each drop until you get the color right.

    Then, add a couple of drops of essential oils and mix well.

    Next, have the children carefully pour the color soap into ice cube trays.

    If you see any air bubbles on the surface of the soap, spray it with rubbing alcohol
    Have the kids repete for each color

  30. I didn’t read all of your replies, but if no one has mentioned it, I found that using natural “mica” from Bulk Apothecary.com will color your soap crayons brightly and won’t harm the child. I’ve always worried about food coloring. It washes off the tub easily after a wild coloring bath. I also added some essential oil to the soap crayon, because I read that an oil like lavender would help calm the little ones. Thanks for your website. I am always looking for something new for my Grandchildren.

    • Kate #

      Thanks for the info Cathy ^_^

  31. Kelly Shilts #

    I LOVE glitter too, but the custodian at our preschool does not share the love of it. So these glitter sticks would be an amazing solution! Thanks for the idea.

  32. I haven’t tried it yet, but I just read another blog post that says that Ivory soap is a must. Maybe this will help you with your bath crayons? http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/04/kitchen-craft-soap-clouds-and-homemade-kiddie-tub-soaps/

    • Kate #

      Thanks for the link Nicci

  33. Amy #

    Just thought I’d let you know I included a link to your glitter crayons on my personal blog. Such cute ideas! Thanks for the post!

    Amy Senter

    http://www.amyroachsenter.blogspot.com/2013/05/105-things-to-do-this-summer.html

  34. Holli #

    Have you tried using actual crayons – add them to your soap mix. I’m skeptical that “bath crayons” are anything but actual crayons.

    • Kate #

      Hi Holli, I’ve not…I’ll try and see what happens ^_^

  35. Christine #

    I feel stupid asking this, but I am not seeing the link that it says you click for the instructions on how to make these…… where is it?

  36. Cassee #

    I make my own lotions and soaps and when I was starting out I also made bath crayons for my then 3 year old. I used a pvc pip as my mold and covered the bottom with saran wrap and a rubber band. I wanted them to be somewhat conditioning and completely natural if they were going to be in the water with her little naked bod.
    .55oz Olive Oil
    4 oz Melt and pour soap
    .5 cocoa butter
    .20 oz beezwax
    food coloring
    I melted all the ingredients and added food coloring to suit. then poured them into the mold and stuck it in the freezer until it cooled, pushed it out and cut them up. They worked AWESOME!

  37. Mo #

    Melt glycerin cubes and add food dye, soap dye cut little toys, That would be a cute incentive for the kids to try and get the toy

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