Sunday, July 1, 2012

Firecracker crayons! Easy kid craft to celebrate the 4th of July!

This is a super easy, fun and frugal way for your kids to celebrate the 4th of July. Chances are you already have everything on hand to make these little firecracker crayon cuties!

You will want to start by peeling the paper off some crayons breaking them up and putting them in a microwave safe bowl. This is where the kids can help. My little guy had a blast peeling the crayons and even more fun breaking up the crayons. With each little snap he giggled and said "YAY!". 

*fact- snacking while crafting makes it even more fun!*

Save the paper from the crayons! You never know when you may need them or find a fun craft or project you can use them for!

After peeling and breaking up all the crayons put the bowl into the microwave. Microwave for 1 minute or 1 1/2 minutes and stir (I used a wooden skewer). Continue this process until the crayons have melted. Please don't forget to use an oven mit while handling the bowl. The melted crayons are hot and the bowl is too. It's best that the parents be in charge of this process while the kids watch.

Here is a chance to get creative. While the crayons were melting I used a knife and shaved some red, white and blue crayons into the mold to add extra spark since these are firecracker crayons. 

After the crayons have melted, and while using an oven mit- pour the mix into your mold. And don't worry if some of the mix pour over like this...
Just quickly use another stirrer to scrape away the overflow before it hardens.

Now you wait for the crayons to harden. This amount of time depends on the size of the molds. You can always put them in the freezer to speed up the process. It took ours a couple of hours. How you want to spend that time is totally up to you, but...

Once the crayons are hardened pop them out of the mold. Your kids can help with this, as long as you are sure they are completely cooled!

End result-

These would also be a fun idea as home made gifts. With the large variety of molds these days your possibilities are endless! 


~ Miranda


  1. Love this! We just picked up these start silicon molds from the target dollar bins.

  2. Thanks Shannon! That is where I picked up our molds. I always check the Target dollar bins when I'm in there, I seem to strike gold often! ~ Miranda