Homemade Ivory Bath Crayons

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Homemade Ivory Bath Crayons

Some children are just born natural water bugs while others take on the attitude of cats when it comes to water. If you have one of the anti-bath kids I’m sure you’ve tried bath toys, singing songs, anything just to get them in the bath and get clean!

Does your child hate the bath but loves to color? If your child loves coloring they are sure to love in it in the bath as well. Ivory homemade bath crayons are super easy to make and smell SO good! I love Ivory soap. It’s what clean smells like. Your child can color away on themselves, get clean, and everyone is happy!

Homemade Ivory Bath Crayons

Making homemade bath crayons only takes a few ingredients and before you know it your Picasso will be whipping up a masterpiece in the bath tub!


  • 1 bar of Ivory soap
  • food coloring
  • ice cube tray (I like the silicone ones)
  • 2 tablespoons hot water


Grate your bar of Ivory soap with a cheese grater. It’s funny how much your soap will turn out looking like shredded mozzarella. If you have grabby little hands like I do in my house you may want to warn them that it’s not cheese. Otherwise, they will be cleaning their mouth out without you having to tell them to do so. Could be a good thing!?
ivory bath crayons
Once your soap is grated slowly add in the hot water while stirring. The hot water will melt the soap turning into a paste. Stir until all of the soap is melted and blended well.

Add in your food coloring or separate the paste into different bowls if you are dying the soap several colors.  Mix your food coloring into the paste. Add more or less food coloring to get your desired color.

Spoon each colored paste into the ice cube try making sure it’s tightly packed. I had to use my fingers to get the tightness I wanted. Your hands will get dye on them so just make sure to wash your hands after handling each color. The dye just washes right off like nothing. I used a silicone ice cube tray so once my bath crayons were hardened I could just pop them right out.

After the dyed soap paste is in the ice cube tray let your Ivory bath crayons harden in a hot, dry place (not in direct sunlight). I let mine dry in the garage for about a week, popped them out, and then them dry outside the ice cube try for a few more days.

The bath crayons smell great and even clean up easily if your little artist decides to draw on the bathtub itself. The bath water changes color too. It’s like swimming in a beautiful rainbow! – Well, I wish it was. More like swimming in the water bowl your swish your paint brush in to clean it. Still SO much fun and smells SO good!

How do you make bath time more fun?


Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. Jacqueline Gum says:

    This is such a cool idea!!! I sent this to a few friends who have the anti-bath kids…perfect for them! Hell, I might make these for ME!!! They look like so much fun:)

  2. Very creative idea. i just wish I had internet when i was raising my daughter. Now, I have to find a little artist to [play with me to make the bath crayons. You are so awesome!!!

    • Thank you so much Bindu! I have no doubt you could come up with some neat artist creation drawing with bath crayons. You are so innovative.

  3. Wow … I will surly do this soon as I will get this Ivory soap. My daughter loves to play with crayons, I am also sure she will show here art on walls too…. I hope I will be able to clean as well.

  4. What a cool idea! Certainly beats the sorry assortment of plastic contraptions, ranging from drums to a “car wash,” that I used to throw into the bathtub with my son.

    • Oh, don’t get me wrong we have all other sorts of bath toys for him to pretend with too. Now he can just color on them too for extra fun 🙂

  5. Beth Niebuhr says:

    What a fun idea! My daughter would have loved them when she was little. My son was more into seagoing little vessels for his bath enjoyment.

    • My son loves pretending scenes from his favorite shows with random characters in the bath too. He loves how these crayons change the bath water color. It adds to his imagination and story 🙂

  6. Lorraine Reguly says:

    My sister’s children love water, but I’m sure they’d love these, too. I’m sharing this post on Facebook for her to see. 🙂

  7. Bath for the kiddies? I want some for when I take a shower or bath.

  8. What an inspired idea! Who knew Ivory soap was such a versatile product? Sounds like bath time is way too much fun at your house!

  9. This is right up my alley. As you know, I love things that are homemade and these homemade crayons look like they would a great deal of fun to make. 🙂

  10. That is such a great idea. It allows children to be creative without harming them. It also might entice your child to take that dreaded bath.

  11. What a fun idea! And it sounds more natural and simple than the ones you buy at the store. I love Ivory soap, and may just have to try this with my kiddos.

  12. Krystle – this is a great idea that all kids would love. I also need to thank you for the silicone ice-cube tray idea. I freeze a lot of things in ice-cube trays but still use the old hard ones where I have a deuce of a time removing the contents. I like things that make life easier so will be going to buy some of the silicone ones.

  13. Alice de Sturler says:

    Very creative! Would never have thought about this.

  14. Great idea to make your own bath crayons. You’re so creative and I, too love the smell of ivory. As you say it gives you such a nice clean smell.

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