Crayon Cars

If there’s one thing that needs improvement in my mommy-ing , it’s to enjoy doing crafts with the kids.  As the kid’s homeschool teacher I do different crafts with them, but truth be told, I don’t enjoy it that much.  In fact, if given a choice, I always pick the least messy craft.  Doing crafts really brings joy to the kids, but I get frustrated with the mess.  I mean, the house is messy enough without getting out the glue and the yarn, the paint and the play-doh, you know?  I’ve needed help and there have been a couple of books that have been helpful:

  • Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World.  We’ve been using this as part of our curriculum this year.  We’re currently studying Central America so I’ve been able to pick out different crafts from that region of the world.
  • Green Crafts for Children.  This one had a lot of basic ideas – lots of stuff that I’ve seen online.  But it was inspiring enough for me to make pom poms with the boys and little cork animals.  It’s a nice one for the kids to look through and pick an activity out of.  My only complaint is that many of the crafts are aimed toward girls.
  • Drawing With Children.  While this may not be crafting necessarily, I had to mention this book.  I love this approach to drawing.  It’s concepts are simple enough for the kids to understand but foundational to drawing.  Not being an artist myself, I’ve learned a lot using this book.

So let’s get on to the latest craft the boys and I did together.  It wasn’t too messy and was lots of fun.  Crayon cars.

 crayon cars2

Melting crayons certainly isn’t new, but when I saw this car cake pan ($22 at Target), I had to try this.

1.  Peel the paper off of the crayons.  Sitting around peeling the paper off of the crayons together was fun!  A great fine motor activity that we all enjoyed.  My sons are pickers like me.  We sorted the colors so that the final cars would be different shades of the same color.

2.  Break the crayons up.  Snap, snap, snap!  Break the longer pieces up.  The boys loved this part.

3. VERY IMPORTANT STEP:  spray your car shapes with cooking spray to help the cars come out of the pan easily.

4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Much hotter and your house will smell like wax for a few hours.

5. Fill the pans with crayon bits and pieces.  Here they are ready to go in the oven.

 crayon cars a

10 minutes later:

crayon cars 10m

10 more minutes:

crayon cars 20m

See how they aren’t full?

6. Add more crayons if necessary and put them back in the oven for another 10.

crayon cars 30m

That’s better.

7. Remove from oven and cool. They should pull away from the edge of the pan as they cool.

8.  When completely cool, the cars should come out with just a little gentle encouragement.

 crayon cars1

In addition to using the crayon pieces we had around the house, I also purchased several boxes of 68 count Crayolas.  2 boxes ($5 total) made ~8 of the smaller-sized cars (we didn’t even try the bigger cars).  Not the cheapest little crayon, but certainly doesn’t break the bank if you’re giving a little gift to a friend.  I think we’ll be making some of these up for the boy’s buddies when we pass out Christmas cookies this year.  And for the girls?

 crayon hearts

These little hearts were made using mini silicone hearts cupcake cups I purchased around Valentine’s Day.

61 Responses to “Crayon Cars”

  1. 1 Prairie Girl October 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    very very cute! Especially love the cars! And such a great gift idea 🙂

  2. 2 Andi October 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Can you still draw with them?

  3. 3 Meagan Dennison October 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I’m definitely going to try this with my boys. They will LOVE it! Thanks for the idea.

  4. 4 revel designs October 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Let’s make a whole bundt cake!! Using the car mold really makes it special. You should put some butcher paper down and let the boys”drive” around.

  5. 5 Kristen October 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    This is a really great idea for party bags, such as for a kids birthday or classroom parties. I used to teach elementary and would use the left-over crayons to make suncatchers with the kids, but this is soooo much better. I agree with your point about many crafts being “girl focused”. I often complained about this when I was teaching.

  6. 6 Nima October 5, 2009 at 12:45 am

    wow…great idea…nice colour shades to use

  7. 7 shalini October 5, 2009 at 3:16 am

    dat is so amazing… looks delicious… am sure the kids r gonna love it… thanks fr sharing…

    do take out time to visit as well…


  8. 8 Cindy October 5, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I know what you mean about the crafts. We homeschool too and things are already messy enough. When they ask if they can paint, I start to twitch. I hate that mess. But….I’m learning how to handle it. Love the crayon cars. Great gift idea.

  9. 9 Crystal October 5, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Someone recently made a car roll (you know like those fabric crayon rolls only for cars) and it had a little felt road on one side. These would be adorable in it! I wish I could remember who it was so I could post a link. If I do find it I will post it here.

    These would be an EXTRA cute gift in one of those!

  10. 12 Holly October 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Wow, how cool! It never occurred to me to use one of those shaped cake pans!

  11. 13 SilverLining Designs - Diana October 5, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Those look awesome! They would make great loot bag gifts.

  12. 14 alskamom October 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

    What a wonderful, and very creative, idea!!

  13. 15 Kashoan October 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    What a great idea! Ive seen those kind of pans at garage sales and didnt know what to use them for. way to think outside the box!

  14. 16 Melanie October 6, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    When Kyle started preschool he was afraid to paint. He told the teacher “My mommy doesn’t let me paint.” LOL I need to make a better effort of crafting with the kids – regardless of the mess. 🙂

    I think that car cozie tutorial is from Sharla (she lives in Tucson) at

  15. 17 Yvonne October 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I LOVE those! I will have to give it a try, Josh would love the cars!!! Good for you Linda, I know what you mean about the mess. I loved the book Drawing with Children too!

  16. 18 clare bower October 8, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I’ve done this in plain old patty tins but the shapes are much better , love them !

  17. 19 Jana October 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Does it ruin the pan, or can you turn around and bake in it?

  18. 20 Organizing Mommy October 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I love the idea!! I wish I could find those cars.. guess I’ll have to go to Target.

  19. 21 Deece October 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Those turned out great! I’ve been wanting to melt down crayons with the kids, but we just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I need to go get a fun shaped cake pan for inspiration.

  20. 22 Kristin October 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Love these cars. Your blog is great.

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  21. 24 Janine October 9, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I love the crayon cars! My boys would have loved that. I think they are too old now. lol I think I learned creativity because of the homeschooling. I always thought I wasn’t creative at all and then I had to teach the kids art. Well, it opened up a whole new world for me. Now I LOVE to be creative. Go homeschooling!!!

  22. 26 Deven October 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I Love it! A great way to upcycle used crayons into new fun!

  23. 27 UK lass in US October 22, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I’m going to have to hide this post from my kids if I am going to keep them happy with the crayon hearts we made for Valentine’s Day.

    It’s nice to read that another mum finds herself avoiding the messy crafts. I thought that I might be the only one…

  24. 28 Heidi October 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for this great idea. I made them as goodie bag favors for my son’s 2nd birthday party. They were a hit!

  25. 29 Stephanie November 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

    this is awesome! i am definately trying this!!!

  26. 30 BlueCastle November 18, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    My boys and I are making these tonight. Thank you for sharing this! It’s so fun. 🙂 One thing I discovered to cut down on the peeling labels – I used a veggie peeler to “peel” a strip down the crayon so then the labels fall off. Just in case you make more – this saves a lot of time.

  27. 32 Honda December 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I love these cars and will be trying them over the xmas break.

  28. 33 Rebecca January 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I LOVE this idea!!! Now I just have to find some cute molds to try it out! Thanks for helping this not-always-so-creative-with-the-kid-projects mom out!

    • 34 craftapple January 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Have fun with it! I almost purchased some valentine cookie molds the other day – I had to control myself because really, how practical is a valentine crayon at my house? 🙂

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  30. 36 Heather September 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I LOVE This!! Just found your blog, and these are great my son will go nuts over them.. We do crafts 3 times a week and i am running out of ideas.. (he is 4 now) This is great to put a new spin on a old crafts. Plus this will be great for his Birthday race car party we will do.. Thank you so much, and i will be looking threw your while site. Thank YOU!!

    • 37 craftapple September 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

      Oh these are so fun! We just did them again last week. The boys really enjoy peeling the paper off of the crayons, plus it’s a great little fine motor activity for little hands. How fun to do crafts with your kids on a regular basis. I often plan to, then run out of time. Enjoy!

      • 38 Heather September 20, 2010 at 11:25 am

        He loves his CRAFT time and does not let me not have time.. it is my fav part of every week.. The mess and all, there is nothing that can’t be cleaned up or replaced, spending time with my son is worth it every time..
        After seeing this i thought I wonder if my microwave candy molds will work too, so i am in the process of trying that now. T will get a great surprise when he gets home if it works out, and he will enjoy coloring with them. thanks again for giving a GREAT IDEA to me today. I also linked this on for FB account with the pic I know my Crafty MOPS moms will be here looking this week..

        (crossing my fingers on a great out come with the candy molds in microwave)

  31. 39 LittleLotte January 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Wow, great idea! My daughter is 2, and is an avid crayon breaker. Her obsession with peeling the wrappers off and breaking them into bits used to annoy me as I tossed newly bought crayons into the garbage… But not anymore! Now I’ll be saving them to melt into new crayons. This is great!! 🙂

  32. 40 Sylvia Houston March 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    We did this today! I used the nordicware spring bugs cake molds. They turned out soooooo cute! Thank you for the idea. My nieces came over 11,8, and they along with my daughter 15 and son 12 each chose a bug and I even got to do one. We had a bumblebee, butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug and snail. Everyone of them turned out beautifully. I was a little unclear as to how long it would take for them to cool and we had to leave so I left them in the molds after watching them for about 45 minutes and they were still too warm. When we returned several hours later, they were ready and had pulled apart from the molds. So, I’d say a miniumum of 1 hour cooling and maybe longer. Sooooo fun and cute! Thanks again:)

  33. 41 Оля March 22, 2011 at 1:05 am

    This is definitely something I am going to try! Thank you!

  34. 42 Debbie Cummings March 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    So cute. I bought the train, cars, zoo animals & bugs from nordicware. Ugh … I call the pans an investment in the kitchen. The crayons were only $26 for 500! My 10 year old daughter peeled them all in one night. So cute! We are loving this … it’s addicting and fun to try the bugs and get the wings one color pattern and the body another. We have the cutest snail … green swirly body and pink and purple tail!

    Thanks for a GREAT idea! xo

  35. 43 Ruth Humphreys May 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Love this craft so bright and a craft I haven’t actually tried. I remember at school the crayons melting when left too near the sun. Look forward to browsing the rest of your blog. *Ruth*

  36. 45 mskillasmile July 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I was looking for some cool stuff to do with my son and nieces over summer break, and this is one project that we are all going to be very excited doing! Thank you so much!!! Tamara 😉

  37. 46 jen December 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love this idea and just made them using a Christmas tree model for all of the younger cousins. I stocked up on crayons at the beginning of the school year when they were $.10 a box. I plan to use it for my daughter’s valentine’s gift too.

  38. 48 Stephanie May 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Keep up those boy crafts! I’ve got three boys 3, 7 and 10 and I’m looking for summer activities. The cars look like great fun, thanks!

  39. 49 Nicx June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This is fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve friends who will love Lego crayons for the kids.

  40. 50 SonJa December 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    They had an AWESOME toy called Master Caster when I was a kid. You put wax (or crayons) into a drop shoot, it melted and then your poured into car molds. It came with real Adela and tires so you could make real moving cars. It was one if my very favorite toys!

  41. 52 October 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post.
    Many thanks for providing this information.

  42. 53 market value of my car January 15, 2014 at 2:23 am

    There’s certainly a great deal to find out about this issue.
    I like all the points you’ve made.

  43. 54 mama frog May 3, 2014 at 3:30 am

    So cute. I can see my son and my neice loving making these. I might try them out and share the result on my blog if you don’t mind?

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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