Undoubtedly, crayons play a major role in developing a child’s creativity. In fact, they have become a significant component in every school and no commercial product can match their versatility. Also, they are not sharp or messy like other painting tools. They are available in more than 120 colors, in fact, you name a color and you will find it in crayons. Various types of crayons are available in the market today, such as scented crayons, sparkling crayons, crayons that glow in the dark and water-soluble crayons. Crayons can be made commercially as well as at home. In case of commercial production, the basic ingredients required for making crayons are paraffin wax and coloring agents that impart specific color to them.
For making crayons, the paraffin wax is heated so that it is melt. Next, measured amounts of crayon coloring agent and hardening powder are mixed to the hot liquid wax. The liquid mixture is poured into a mold containing hundreds of crayon-shaped holes, after testing the density and viscosity of the mixture. On cooling, the mixture solidifies and forms crayons. They are removed from the molds by applying hydraulic pressure or other removal methods. You can also help your children make crayons at home and let them have a new set to create their next masterpiece. Read on further to know how you can make homemade crayons that your child will surely love.
Homemade Crayon Recipes
- ½ cup Soap Flakes
- 1 tbsp Hot Water
- Food Coloring (color as per your choice)
- Candy Molds
- Combine soap flakes and hot water in a small mixing bowl.
- Stir the mixture well, to form a fine paste.
- Divide mixture into separate bowls.
- Add a different food coloring to each bowl, mixing well until it is completely dissolved.
- Press mixture into molds, using a small spoon so that there are no air bubbles within the molds.
- Leave them for drying for at least one week.
- Remove crayons from the molds and let them dry for a day or so.
- Broken or New Crayons
- Mini-Muffin Pans or Candy Molds
- Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
- Cut the used and broken crayons into small, pea-sized pieces.
- Put the crayon pieces in mini-muffin sections. You can combine different colors to create designs once they melt and blend into one crayon.
- You can use candy and other molds to create different shaped crayons.
- Place the muffin pans in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the crayon has completely melted.
- Turn off the oven and leave the pans in the oven to cool down, since the wax will be very hot.
- Remove the muffin pans from the oven and let them cool, before taking out the crayons from the pans.
- In case, the crayons stick to the pans, freeze them for an hour. They will pop out easily, once frozen.