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How to Make Natural, Non-Toxic Crayons with Lindsey Marie Page

How to Make Natural, Non-Toxic Crayons with Lindsey Marie Page

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lindsey Marie Page on Jul 26th 2022

This natural, non-toxic crayon recipe featuring our Earth & Mineral Pigments comes from lindsey marie page, focused on nature-based learning through the seasons!

"i wanted to come up with various projects that could be made using the same ingredients, so that if anyone wanted to invest in these materials, there would be multiple things they could make with them. my husband and i both have a background working with various types of waxes, so i started to experiment with ones that we had on hand. after a lot of testing, i’m beyond happy with the final product, and they’re also super easy to make! i came up with a simple recipe using equal amounts of 4 ingredients, so that you can make as little or as much as you want without having to do all the math!

here’s a list of what you’ll need, and if you want them to turn out exactly like mine, i would recommend using all of the same brands.

  • pure organic beeswax pastilles
  • organic carnauba wax
  • organic cocoa butter wafers
  • supernatural soy flakes
  • pouring pitcher (i used this 1lb pouring pitcher to hold 4oz of each of the above ingredients, adding up to 1lb.)
  • stainless steel pouring pitcher (having at least one of these is nice for when you pour your melted mixture into your molds, but i like to have 4 on hand so that i can easily make multiple colors at once.)
  • glass jars (these are optional, and are only needed if you aren’t using the stainless steel pouring pitchers to mix your colors, or if you’re only making one color at a time. sometimes i mix my colors in glass jars, and then one at a time, i pour them into the stainless steel pouring pitcher to then pour into the molds.)
  • earth + mineral pigments
  • craft sticks (or something like it to mix your colors.)
  • silicone mold (how many depends on how much you’re making. i used around 2 for 1lb of the melted mixture.)
  • kitchen scale
  • hand mitt
  • large pot
  • steaming or roasting rack
  • water
  • cork trivets (this is optional, and is what i use to set hot pitchers and jars on.)
  • gathre mat (also optional, but a great way to protect the surface that you’re working on. i use these for everything!)
  • stainless steel peeler (again optional, and only if you want to carve your crayons for aesthetic.)
  • mask (you should always use a mask when working with the pigments in powder form to protect your lungs.)

something to note: once you use these supplies for making crayons, they should only be used for making things like this in the future. you should no longer use any of these supplies for cooking or anything food related.

ok, now let’s get started making the crayons!

  1. the first thing i always like to do is set up my work space. i personally love using gathre mats as they always protect the surface that i’m working on, and if i drip any melted wax during this process, it comes off easily. so in this case, lay out your gathre mat, molds, scale, jars, and other materials.
  2. put your steaming/roasting rack in the bottom of your pot, and begin to boil your water. i prefer to start boiling my water in a kettle, and then pour it around my pitcher to a little over an inch above the bottom. you can also measure the amount of water before and boil it directly in your pot.
  3. while your water is heating up, put your pouring pitcher on the scale, and begin to measure out your ingredients. as i said before, you will be using equal amounts of the beeswax pastilles, carnauba wax, cocoa butter, and soy flakes, so the amount is up to you. i usually measure out 4 oz of each, until my scale reaches 1lb.
  4. once those 4 ingredients are measured, place your pitcher in the pot on top of your rack so that it isn’t touching the bottom.
  5. lower your heat to around medium to keep it at a slow boil, and stir it occasionally until your wax is fully melted. you do not want to over heat it.
  6. while your wax is melting, you can measure out your pigment/s. i like to make 4 colors at a time to make my measurements easy, but you can do as little or as much as you want. each color can require a different amount of pigment, so this is something that you can play with over time. i tend to use around 1-2 teaspoons for every 4 ounces of wax. so in this case, if you were making 1lb of melted wax, and making 4 different colors, you would need 4 glass jars or 4 stainless steel pouring pitchers. measure out your pigments into each jar, and have fun with it! you don’t have to use just one pigment per jar; i love mixing them and making my own colors. this is also the part that i recommend wearing a mask because you are working with fine powders, and it’s always good to be safe and protect your lungs. after you’ve measured out all your pigments, add a craft stick to each one so that they’re ready to stir.
  7. once your wax is fully melted, it’s time to split it between your colors. i like to place a cork trivet on my scale, and then set one jar on at a time and pour in the melted wax until it reaches around 4 oz. once the first jar is poured, i like to give it a good stir and then set it aside.
  8. once all of my colors are poured and stirred, i like to grab one jar at a time and set it back on the rack in the pot. then i continue to stir it until it’s fully mixed and melted again. if you’re working with only the stainless steel pouring pitchers, then your first color is ready to pour! if you’re working with glass jars, then this is the time to pour your first color into your stainless steel pouring pitcher. these will be hot, so this is where your hand mitt comes in “handy”. i really like using the hand mitt that i linked above because it’s small and doesn't cover your entire hand, making it much easier to maintain a steady pour. once you have your first color ready to go, slowly and steadily pour it into your molds, making sure not to pour too high and causing splashing. you’ll want to pour it from just above each cavity, and try not to overflow them. continue filling cavities until you have run out of that color.
  9. if you’re making more than one color, then repeat step 8 until you’re finished.
  10. let your crayons sit until they’re fully hardened, and be sure not to remove them too quickly because the centers could still be soft. usually by the time i’m done cleaning everything up they’re ready to remove.
  11. at this point you are officially done, but if you would like to repeat the aesthetic in the image, i took a stainless steel peeler, like the kind you use to peel vegetables, and randomly shaved off little bits around all of the edges and some parts of the surface. the fun thing about doing this, is that not only do you make a cool looking crayon, you can also melt down all of the shavings and make a new one of a kind color!

i hope your little ones love using these crayons; they really do glide so well! i know the process sounds a little complicated because i try to add in as many little details as i can, but they really are so easy to make! if you want to watch a short clip of me making the ones used in this picture, check out this reel. i think it helps show how easy it really is!"

Photos by Bri Viglianco
Recipe by lindsey marie page

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