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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

43 thoughts on “Wax!!

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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….

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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! 🙂

  7. 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…….

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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 😛

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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 …..

  18. I think she is saying that the child refuses to allow her hands to be washed, so she can keep the glitter look.

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