Homemade Natural Wax Crayons

Crayons are a staple in every toddler and child’s home. Not only are there probably several different kinds stacked neatly in a box in the art area at home, but there’s usually a few in the bathroom, under the couch, in the car, or in other various places that are completely impossible to get to. Let’s face it, kids love crayons.

The Bad News.

When it’s time to stock up again (which is usually sooner than you’d like), take a minute to rethink the crayons that you typically buy. Most major crayon companies don’t always use the most natural, child-friendly ingredients. For example, many of these popular companies make their crayons with paraffin wax, which is actually a byproduct of petroleum. Sure, these crayons are considered non-toxic and safe by government and industry standards, but as parents, our standards (especially when it comes to our kids) are usually much higher. There’s a subconscious reason why we always tell our toddlers “Don’t eat the crayons!”

Yuck, So Now What?

If you want a safer, more natural approach to encourage your child’s inner Picasso, then check out soy or beeswax crayons. These natural wax crayons are completely non-toxic and eco-friendly, made from natural, biodegradable ingredients, and actually smell safe! They perform just as well, if not better, than the popular crayon brands, with less chalkiness, more blendability, and bright colors.

I’m Convinced, Show Me The Crayons!

Sure, you can buy these natural crayons at a few places, but why not try your hand at making your own? This is the only way to be 100% sure of the ingredients that are in the crayons that your children are using (and/or abusing). It’s also a fun and easy craft for you to do with your kids. So hit up Amazon or your local craft store, and get ready to start melting!

What You Need:

  1. Use a box grater to shred the bar of soap into ¼ cup of fine flakes or powder.
  2. Add the soap flakes, soy wax, and beeswax into your saucepan.

  1. Heat over low heat until everything is evenly melted.
  2. Add a generous amount of gel food coloring and stir well.

  1. Spray your silicone mold with cooking spray, and pour in the mixture.
  2. Wait 20-30 minutes for the wax to cool, then pop out the crayons from the mold.

  1. The crayons will be fully hardened and ready to use within 24 hours!  
To clean your saucepan between batches, simply cover the bottom of the pan with white vinegar and heat on low for a few minutes. Then, pour out the vinegar and add several squirts of dishwashing liquid and a good shake of baking soda to the pan. Use a non-abrasive scrubber or cloth to remove all of the wax residue. You should end up with a squeaky clean pan, ready for more crayon making! 
Product Recommendation

If you’re not a DIYer and the thought of hot wax scares you to death, but you still want to trade in your old crayons for a safer alternative, then check out A Childhood Store for some fun and unique options. These crayons are made similarly to the above recipe, also handmade and hand poured with a mix of both soy wax and beeswax. Although a bit pricier than your typical big box store brands, we think the trade off of a safer crayon, especially for your younger artists, is well worth it. And really, where else can you buy fish, car, skull, or robot shaped crayons?!

Be sure to check out A Childhood Store’s Crayon Club. This makes a great, unique, and inexpensive gift for the crayon loving kid in your life!

Curious about safer options for other art supplies? Read Baby’s 1st Art Supplies: Safe Options for Your Little Artist!

Photo Credits: Dani
Sources: A Childhood List, Suite-Breanna Redwin

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Dani lives in North Carolina with her two preschoolers. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who loves to clean and organize anything and everything. Her happiness is found in Jesus, days at the spa, and combating dark chocolate peanut butter cups with everyday workouts at the gym. She owns a wedding, lifestyle, and freelance photography business, Dani Nicole Photography.

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    What does the soap do for the crayon? I don’t really like the idea of my kids putting soap in their mouths any more than petroleum products.


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