Homemade Crayons that are colorful, beautiful, giftable, and made quick and easy in the Instant Pot. This project is cheap, ultra entertaining, and fun for all ages. You'll never look at a broken crayon the same way again!
You better start getting used to wearing a crown, because after you present this project to your kids, you're gonna earn yourself the BEST MOM EVER AWARD for life.
Not a mom? No worries, you can also win the BEST DAD, GRANDMA, GRANDPA, AUNT, NEIGHBOR, SISTER, ETC, ETC AWARD.
Whoever or whatever you happen to be right now, kids everywhere are going to praise your name when you show them what beauty can be found in the depths of their broken crayon bucket.
You all know the bucket I'm talking about, right?
The bucket full of rejected crayons because your kids have either compulsively broke them in half, accidentally stepped on them, or used them until they are so short that it's nearly impossible to color with them anymore.
It hurts a little to admit defeat and throw them in the trash, but month after month the bucket sits there, getting fuller and more rejected.
My husband says I have an incredible talent for throwing away or donating things that haven't been played with in the past 2 months (what can I say, I can't stand clutter), but for some weird, nonsensical reason, I JUST CAN'T DUMP THE REJECTED CRAYON BOX!
Well, this strange quirk has finally revealed its purpose in the form of ridiculously cute, super fun, Homemade Instant Pot Crayons.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE INSTANT POT CRAYONS
- Ripping off crayon wrappers and intentionally busting crayons is surprisingly therapeutic (said no one ever, but you'll soon agree).
- Unless you need to go buy a box of crayons for this project, it is essentially free and makes good use of what would otherwise be garbage. Look at you little Miss (or Mr.) Thrifty!
- This project will keep your kids busy for 3 days straight. Yep, my kids were busting every crayon in the house and making new colorful crayons for THREE DAYS. Peace and harmony like I haven't witnessed since the birth of my twin boys!
- Remember the Lemonade Stand your kids want to have every summer? Let's just say “NO” to buying lemons and cleaning up sticky kitchen counters for days because a Homemade Crayon Stand is going to put every Lemonade Stand on the block out of business (so my kids think – they've got big plans).
- Aside from trying to sell them, these colorful, homemade crayons are the cutest gift ever. Stack them high in a clear cellophane bag, tie it shut with a pretty bow, and watch the receiver's eyes light up.
HOW TO PEEL CRAYONS (WITHOUT WANTING TO CRY)
There is no way I'm going to let you to this project without teaching you the easiest ways to get the wrappers off. There will be no cussing, no crayons stuck under fingernails, or 10-minute-project-turning-into-an-hour situations here.
I've discovered 2 methods that make this much easier.
- KNIFE METHOD: Use a craft knife, straight razor, or paring knife to cut the wrapper from top to bottom. Of course, I suggest (insist) an adult do this task. I like to slice all the crayons and then let the kids have the satisfying job of simply pulling the wrapper off. This is my go-to method because it is quick and clean.
- SOAK METHOD: Fill up a bowl with warm water and let the crayons soak in it for 10 minutes. Drain and let the kiddos pull the wrappers off. This method is easy, knife/potential-injury free, and the kids can do it without supervision. It does take a little bit longer and you will need to dry the crayons before pressure cooking them.
BEST MOLDS FOR HOMEMADE CRAYONS
To make perfectly shaped crayons that can easily be removed, I suggest using a silicone container. The shape and size is totally up to you. I prefer the size and shape of the square molds shown here that I bought to freeze giant ice cubes of Infused Water. However, I did have to trim them to make them fit, but I was okay with that.
Most people have silicone muffin holders on hand and these will work great as well. My one complaint with these is that the jagged edges tend to chip while coloring, resulting in a bit of a mess. It's possible I'm the only one that this would drive crazy though . . .
I have a variety of silicone containers (I'm not exactly sure why – might have something to do with my Homemade Chocolates obsession) so we've made these crayons into snowflakes, owls, lions, bugs, etc.
Another option is the egg bite trays seen here. This would make a fun round shape.
You could also use small foil bread loaf pans if you don't have any silicone liners handy.
HOW TO MAKE COLORFUL CRAYONS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER
- Use one of the above methods to remove the crayon wrappers
- Break crayons into about 1 inch pieces
- Place broken crayons in the molds
- Set mold on a trivet and pressure cook to melt
- When done, carefully remove the molds from the pot, being careful not to tip them to prevent the colors from mixing
- Let them harden (30-45 minutes) then remove the crayons from the molds
SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST HOMEMADE CRAYONS
- Depending on how worried you are about how they turn out, you want to combine colors that will look nice together. There can be some mixing of the colors when they melt so you want the colors to compliment each other. We especially like mixing crayons of like colors (navy blue, sky blue, turquoise, aqua, etc) because it makes a beautiful crayon and it's pretty to color with too.
- If your crayons aren't completely melted after 4 minutes, cook them for another minute. Times may vary with different molds or brands of crayons.
- Make sure you wash the mold thoroughly before using them again for a food creation. I know this is obvious, but it wasn't to my kids, so I thought I better point that out.
- Mixing different types of crayons can make a beautiful final product. Metallic, fluorescent, glitter, scented, and glow in the dark crayons really kick things up a notch!
- Have fun with the shapes! Silicone molds are typically quite cheap and come in all shapes and sizes. Especially for gifting, try customizing your crayons with a shape you know your giftee will love (animals, hearts, stars, etc.)
- If your silicone molds don't fit in your pot, use scissors to trim them. This is what I did with the square mold you see in these pictures.
- Add glitter! I say this with hesitation because glitter is the bain of my mom existence, but it's so pretty! Add a little bit of glitter to the empty mold before adding the broken crayons, then add another sprinkle right after they are melted. This will help to seal in the glitter so it isn't such a mess.
HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE CRAYONS
As with any crayons, store them at room temperature. Whatever you do, don't let your kids take crayons out on a hot summer day and forget about them for 3 days.
VARIATIONS OF HOMEMADE CRAYONS
As mentioned above, all kinds of crayons are welcome here:
- Metallic Crayons
- Neon Crayons
- Glitter Crayons
- Scented Crayons
- Pearl Crayons
Mix and match or make a separate batch of each! The anticipation of what they can become is really a ton of fun!
To be honest, I struggle to sit down and do long, messy projects with my kiddos. Call it the uptight adult in me, but I've decided I can be a fantastic mom without having this talent.
Quick, easy, and clean projects like these crayons that require minimal prep are just the thing for me and I hope you all can find excitement and joy in it too!
I'm dying to see what your kids create!!! To share your creations, post your pictures on Instagram and tag @marcitidbits. I'll be sure and celebrate and share each and every one! I can't wait to see them!
Have fun with the kiddos in your life. These precious souls deserve all the love and memories we can possibly bring them. More joy, more hugs, more laughter – that's what we all need, right?!
MORE INSTANT POT RECIPES KID WILL LOVE TO HELP YOU COOK
- Instant Pot Homemade Chocolates
- Instant Pot Lava Cake
- Instant Pot Beebo Bites
- Instant Pot Apple Sauce
- Instant Pot Breakfast Casseroles
TOOLS/INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE INSTANT POT HOMEMADE CRAYONS
- Instant Pot
- Silicone Molds (some of our favorites): Square, Muffin, Snowflake, Bugs
- Red Silicone Sling
How to Make Homemade Crayons in the Instant Pot
Homemade Instant Pot Crayons: Easy, quick, and fun project for the kids in your life.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6
- Category: Art
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: N/A
- Crayons (new, old, broken – anything works)
- Remove wrappers from crayons (see note for methods to make this easy).
- Break crayons into about 1-inch pieces (size isn't super important, they just need to fit in the container)
- Fill silicone molds with crayons. For my molds, I do about 1/4 cup of crayons, but this will differ depending on the size of your molds and how big you want your crayons to be.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the pressure cooker pot and place trivet inside. Place silicone mold on the trivet. You can stack another mold on top if desired.
- Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, use a quick release.
- Very gently remove molds and set aside to cool for 30-45 minutes, until solid. Placing the molds in the fridge will hurry this process (just be careful not so spill crayon wax!)
- Once hardened, pop the crayons from the silicone mold and be dazzled by your creations!
- Choose one of the 2 methods for removing the crayon wrapper
- Use a craft knife, flat razor, or paring knife to slit the wrapper from top to bottom (ADULTS ONLY! BE CAREFUL)
- Place crayons in warm water for about 10 minutes or until the wrappers start falling away from the crayons. Slip the wrappers off and dry the crayons.
- Any silicone mold will work for the crayons as long as it fits inside the pressure cooker pot. Small foil containers are also an option.
- If crayons aren't completely melted after 4 minutes, cook for one more minute. Cook time may vary with different molds and brands of crayons.
- Mix and match complementary colors for the best outcome or use like shades of one color.
- For more bling, use different crayons like glitter, pearl, metallic, neon, or scented.
- To add glitter, add a pinch to the empty molds, add the broken crayons, pressure cook, then add a pinch to the top of the melted crayon.
Keywords: kid activity, homemade crayons, kid art
How do you make it so the colorsdon’t blend?
Kandice, I didn’t do anything special, this is just how they melted 🙂
Well, this was perfect timing as I am having one of the grandgirls over tomorrow for a sleepover–she will love doing this!
Karen, it’s so fun. My kids have made several for gifts and people just love a colorful prize like this.
How do you make it so the colors don’t blend?
Gail Hahn says
Great Idea!! Wondering if it’s safe to use the same silicone moulds as we use for food. OR, could we put paper liners inside the silicone moulds, do you think?
Gail, I’m not 100% sure the answer for this. I have molds that I only use for craft things, so I haven’t really used them for food. I would think the paper liners would get ruined in the pressure cooker. Sorry, I wish I had a better answer! They do come really clean, I don’t know that I would stress it.
C-O-O-L! Makes me wish I had little ones around. How fun this would have been with my kids. Someday maybe, I’ll have grandchildren so I’m keeping this in the back of my mind….but wait! I’m an artist! I have artist friends! I bet they’d have fun with these. Hm, now where can I find a tub of broken crayons? Lol.
Cecilia, haha! A brand new box of crayons is just as fun to use 🙂
Make a bunch and give them to your art friends!