Monday, April 9, 2012

DIY Bath Crayons!

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Simone (3) loves to draw on the wall during a shower.  I need her to do something so I can have 5 minutes to un-tangle her curly hair.  We bought some bath crayons from a store not too long ago and they just didn't last very long.  So I figured I would make them myself!

As always, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration.  Turns out, making your own soap crayons is super easy!


Here is what you need:
  • block of glycerin soap (I used clear, but you could use the white kind)
  • food coloring
  • glass measuring cup
  • spoon/spatula to stir
  • ice cube tray/crayon mold/etc.
  • knife and cutting board

The steps to make them are incredibly easy!

1) cut cubes of the block soap.  1 cube= one crayon for me.


2) put 2 cubes in the measuring glass (making 2 crayons of the same color.  so 4 cubes= 4 crayons of the same color). Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds until melted.

3) add food coloring and stir until color looks good.  Word to the wise:  when you think you have enough color, add more.  I didn't add enough and ended up with a few crayons that didn't make any marks!  The more color you add the darker the marks it will make. 

4) pour into your mold or ice-cube tray.  Let it harden (this may take a few minutes, or a few hours depending on how big your mold is).


5) pop out of the mold and enjoy!


I think I will make these in all shapes and colors and give them as gifts!  In any case, it is much cheaper than buying them in the store!

18 comments:

  1. Stopping by from Mom Spark Media... Great post! I will bookmark this for summer craft ideas. I've never used one of those flexible trays. Do they last?

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  2. The tray I used is silicone and is actually used to make candy/treats. So it is oven safe up to like 450 degrees. So far all of mine have lasted!

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  3. What a cool idea. I have to bookmark this one. I have lots of cousin's grandchildren that I love to get a little something for. Fancy crayons & a coloring book would be great.

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  4. These look amazing, I did not know you can do this homemade!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  5. How pretty! I think my cutter for food that I won a few months back would work if I can't find any old chocolate molds.
    Again my grandchildren will like these and the older one can watch me make them as she colors :)
    Gladys P

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  6. Awesome post! Using the food coloring makes me a little nervous. Does this ever color their hands when they use the soap??

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  7. Does it clean off easy?

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  8. Love this! Where did you find clear glycerin?

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  9. I found the clear glycerin and the mold at favorite craft store, AC Moore. I think a well stocked Michael's would have it too.

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  10. Ah, the things you learn from blogs! This is easy and would be fun to have. Thanks.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  11. wow, those turned out really great! and super easy to make too! never thought of using the ice trays for that :)

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  12. These would make bathtime extra-fun!
    You're right, they would also be a great gift.
    Thanks for the fun idea!

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  13. I'm wondering how well it cleans off the shower wall and if it stains little fingers?

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  14. I'm wondering how well it cleans off the shower wall and if it stains little fingers?

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  15. These turned out great! I tried making my kids homemade crayons a few years ago and they turned out too waxy with no color when coloring with them.

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  16. These turned out so great! They look like something my kids would have fun with!

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  17. My kids love bath crayons. I've never thought about making them myself, so this is great.

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  18. I think this is such a great idea. I'm going to try this myself. Thanks for sharing.

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