Want to really up your game this Halloween? I’m talking be the coolest house on the block, throw the best party and be room parent of the year. Make some DIY rainbow Halloween crayons. These fun treats never get old and every parent needs as many melted crayon ideas as they can get to use up those scraps in the bottom of the craft box.
Halloween Rainbow Crayons Tips and Tricks
I’ve made quiet a few DIY muffin tin crayons in my life. I’m a sucker for any rainbow craft and homemade crayons are no exception. Through these crayon melting escapades I’ve learned a thing or two.
Before I dive into serious issues like how all crayons are not created equal, let’s get the basics of DIY rainbow crayons out of the way.
Step 1 – Take off Crayon Wrappers
Step 2 – Break up Crayons Into Bits
Step 3 – Fill Muffin Tins With Crayon Parts
Step 4 – Bake In Oven at 200(ish) for around 15 minutes
Step 5 – Cool, remove from tin and color
OK onto to those hot burning DIY crayon making tips and tricks…
All Crayons Are Not Created The Same
I am all about taking the cheap way out for most things, but I am a firm believer in Crayola brand crayons make the best DIY melted rainbow crayons. Disregard the generic crayons seen above. Some crayons quickly melt into a muddy puddle, also avoid washable crayons at all costs.
Don’t Over Melt The Crayons
Keep a close eye on the temperature of your oven and how long you melt your crayons. Every oven and toaster oven are slightly different. If you over melt colors will bleed together no matter what type of crayon you use.
Also, be careful using silicone molds. Take it from someone who had to throw away a toaster oven.
The Smaller the Pieces of Broken Crayon the Better
I like my melted crayons extra colorful and you get that look using as many small bits as possible. The smaller the pieces and the more random the colors in each muffin the better your DIY rainbow crayon will be.
Mix Light and Dark Crayons Together
Speaking of random try to include a good mix of lights and darks when melting crayons. I even go so far as to strategically place crayons next to each other. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Line the Cookie Sheet
I had an unfortunate incident at my old house making DIY rainbow crayons and forever after the oven smelled oh so slightly of crayons. Line a cookie sheet with foil and then place your mold on top of that to protect from any spills.
Do Not Move The Melted Crayons Too Much
When you take the liquid crayons out of the oven DO NOT MOVE them around them too much. Gently remove them from the oven and sit them on the counter. Do not move them again until they are completely cooled. Too much jiggle while everything is liquid can muddle the colors.
Have you made DIY crayons with your family? Any other tips and tricks that you guys swear by? I’d love to hear about them.
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