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DIY Pumpkin Crayons

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Homemade pumpkin crayons are a fun non-candy Halloween treat to give out to trick or treaters.  DIY pumpkin crayons are also a great addition to kids Thanksgiving place settings to keep them busy before dinner.

Homemade crayons are a super quick and easy craft that take just a few minutes to make. Pumpkin crayons are perfect for a non-candy trick or treat idea or use them at the kids table at Thanksgiving!

Last year I ran across the Teal Pumpkin Project on Facebook.  I am blessed with two healthy kids with no food allergies and I try not to take that for granted. It broke my heart to think of a little kid not being safe to go to trick or treating for fear of dying from eating the wrong candy.  Even though it was just a few days before  Halloween, I made sure to have a non-candy options for kids with allergies.

This year, though, I thought we’d make a cute little bag for non-candy options and include a coloring sheet and these adorable homemade pumpkin crayons!

These little crayons just take a few minutes to make.  Not only are they great for non-candy trick or treating, they would also be adorable at the kids table at Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Shaped Homemade Crayons

Homemade Crayons

Supplies needed:
Assorted orange/tan/dark yellow crayons
Small donut pan
Non stick cooking spray
Green ribbon


1. Begin by breaking your crayons in half and removing all of the paper coverings.

2. Break the crayons into smaller segments. You should be able to get 4 segments or so out of each crayon.

3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your pan of choice with a mist of non stick cooking spray.

4. Add the broken crayons pieces into the mini donut pan. You want to fill each cup about half full.

DIY Crayons

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the wax is liquefied.

6. Remove and allow to cool. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to help loosen the wax.

7. Gently turn over the pan and allow the crayons to fall out.

8. Tie a length of green felt or ribbon through each crayon for a stem.

Pumpkin Crayons

Your pumpkin crayons are now ready to be used and enjoyed.

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  • Jennifer Landsberger
    November 21, 2016

    This idea is fabulous! I did a semi-related post (Free Printable Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt: 16 Mix-and-Match Clues) and wanted ideas for a “prize” at the end of the treasure hunt. This was one of the five I featured. I, of course, just used the picture and linked them to your site for the instructions!
    The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bethany Stout
    September 19, 2016

    What a great way to use up broken crayons I love it.

  • Cristina at Ava's Alphabet
    September 14, 2016

    Such a clever idea! So cute. And I just love the Teal Pumpkin Project. Growing up with a severe peanut allergy myself, I know what it is like to be an “allergy kid” on holidays that are supposed to be fun. I am blessed that my kiddos do not have food allergies, but feel passionate about making holidays fun and special for all kids. Thank you for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.

  • Alayna
    October 12, 2015

    Cute! We made heart shaped crayons for classmate Valentines gifts for the kids a few years ago using much the same method and they were a hit.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty link party.

  • Shelley
    October 5, 2015

    What a great idea! I’ve been looking for a way to use up old bits of crayons and this looks fun and easy : )

    • Camille
      October 7, 2015

      One of my favorite activities to do with the kids!