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All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts

All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts


For the last 100 years or so kids have been exploring and creating worlds of color with Crayons. For a lot of us, our life long love affairs with color began with these wax sticks and a blank sheet of paper. According to a Yale University study, the scent of Crayola crayons is among the 20 most recognizable to American adults. Coffee and peanut butter are 1 and 2. Here we go down crayon color memory lane with all 120 color names and hex codes, fun facts and photos.

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Crowded Crayon Colors
Photo by Sir Fish

Crayola crayons currently come in 120 colors including 23 reds, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. Although Crayola crayons come in 120 different colors, the labels are only made in 18, which cover the full color spectrum. Nearly 3 billion crayons are made each year, an average of 12 million daily. That's enough to circle the globe 6 times with color!

120 Crayon Names and Color Codes

Aaron at ColorSchemer.com created a fun list of all 120 Crayon Colors with their hex codes and RGB values. "All of these colors are rough approximations from Crayola’s current list of 120 Crayon Colors. -CS"

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NameHexRGB
MahoganyCD4A4A205,74,74
Fuzzy Wuzzy BrownCC6666204,102,102
ChestnutBC5D58188,93,88
Red OrangeFF5349255,83,73
Sunset OrangeFD5E53253,94,83
BittersweetFD7C6E253,124,110
MelonFDBCB4253,188,180
Outrageous OrangeFF6E4A255,110,74
Vivid TangerineFFA089255,160,137
Burnt SiennaEA7E5D234,126,93
BrownB4674D180,103,77
SepiaA5694F165,105,79
OrangeFF7538255,117,56
Burnt OrangeFF7F49255,127,73
CopperDD9475221,148,117
Mango TangoFF8243255,130,67
Atomic TangerineFFA474255,164,116
Beaver9F8170159,129,112
Antique BrassCD9575205,149,117
Desert SandEFCDB8239,205,184
Raw SiennaD68A59214,138,89
TumbleweedDEAA88222,170,136
TanFAA76C250,167,108
PeachFFCFAB255,207,171
Macaroni and CheeseFFBD88255,189,136
ApricotFDD9B5253,217,181
Neon CarrotFFA343255,163,67
AlmondEFDBC5239,219,197
Yellow OrangeFFB653255,182,83
GoldE7C697231,198,151
Shadow8A795D138,121,93
Banana ManiaFAE7B5250,231,181
SunglowFFCF48255,207,72
GoldenrodFCD975252,217,117
DandelionFDDB6D253,219,109
YellowFCE883252,232,131
Green YellowF0E891240,232,145
Spring GreenECEABE236,234,190
Olive GreenBAB86C186,184,108
Laser LemonFDFC74253,252,116
Unmellow YellowFDFC74253,252,116
CanaryFFFF99255,255,153
Yellow GreenC5E384197,227,132
Inch WormB2EC5D178,236,93
Asparagus87A96B135,169,107
Granny Smith AppleA8E4A0168,228,160
Electric Lime1DF91429,249,20
Screamin Green76FF7A118,255,122
Fern71BC78113,188,120
Forest Green6DAE81109,174,129
Sea Green9FE2BF159,226,191
Green1CAC7828,172,120
Mountain Meadow30BA8F48,186,143
Shamrock45CEA269,206,162
Jungle Green3BB08F59,176,143
Caribbean Green1CD3A228,211,162
Tropical Rain Forest17806D23,128,109
Pine Green15807821,128,120
Robin Egg Blue1FCECB31,206,203
Aquamarine78DBE2120,219,226
Turquoise Blue77DDE7119,221,231
Sky Blue80DAEB128,218,235
Outer Space414A4C65,74,76
Blue Green199EBD25,158,189
Pacific Blue1CA9C928,169,201
Cerulean1DACD629,172,214
Cornflower9ACEEB154,206,235
Midnight Blue1A487626,72,118
Navy Blue1974D225,116,210
Denim2B6CC443,108,196
Blue1F75FE31,117,254
PeriwinkleC5D0E6197,208,230
Cadet BlueB0B7C6176,183,198
Indigo5D76CB93,118,203
Wild Blue YonderA2ADD0162,173,208
Manatee979AAA151,154,170
Blue BellADADD6173,173,214
Blue Violet7366BD115,102,189
Purple Heart7442C8116,66,200
Royal Purple7851A9120,81,169
Purple Mountains’ Majesty9D81BA157,129,186
Violet (Purple)926EAE146,110,174
WisteriaCDA4DE205,164,222
Vivid Violet8F509D143,80,157
FuchsiaC364C5195,100,197
Shocking PinkFB7EFD251,126,253
Pink FlamingoFC74FD252,116,253
Plum8E4585142,69,133
Hot MagentaFF1DCE255,29,206
Purple PizzazzFF1DCE255,29,206
Razzle Dazzle RoseFF48D0255,72,208
OrchidE6A8D7230,168,215
Red VioletC0448F192,68,143
Eggplant6E5160110,81,96
CeriseDD4492221,68,146
Wild StrawberryFF43A4255,67,164
MagentaF664AF246,100,175
LavenderFCB4D5252,180,213
Cotton CandyFFBCD9255,188,217
Violet RedF75394247,83,148
Carnation PinkFFAACC255,170,204
RazzmatazzE3256B227,37,107
Piggy PinkFDD7E4253,215,228
Jazzberry JamCA3767202,55,103
BlushDE5D83222,93,131
Tickle Me PinkFC89AC252,137,172
Pink SherbetF780A1247,128,161
MaroonC8385A200,56,90
RedEE204D238,32,77
Radical RedFF496C255,73,108
MauvelousEF98AA239,152,170
Wild WatermelonFC6C85252,108,133
ScarletFC2847252,40,71
SalmonFF9BAA255,155,170
Brick RedCB4154203,65,84
WhiteEDEDED237,237,237
TimberwolfDBD7D2219,215,210
SilverCDC5C2205,197,194
Gray95918C149,145,140
Black23232335,35,35

 

Crayon Color Fun Facts & Photo Inspiration

Rolling Rainbow Crayons
Photo by bookgrl

The first box of Crayola crayons was sold in 1903 for a nickel and included the same colors available in the eight-count box today: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown.

Crowded Crayon Colors
Photo by scottwills

In the last 98 years, more than 100 billion Crayola crayons have been made.

Crowded Crayon Colors
Photo by Robem

Most Crayola crayon color names are taken from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Bureau of Standards book called "Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names." Many crayon names are also borrowed from traditional artists' paints.

Primary Crayon Colors
Photo by EJP Photo

The average child in the United States will wear down 730 crayons by his 10th birthday (or 11.4 boxes of 64s). Kids, ages 2-8, spend an average of 28 minutes each day colouring. Combined, children in the US spend 6.3 billion hours colouring annually, almost 10,000 human lifetimes!

Rolling Rainbow Crayons
Photo by laffy4k

Crayola crayon colour names rarely change. However, there are exceptions. In 1958, Prussian blue was changed to midnight blue in response to teacher recommendations that children could no longer relate to Prussian history. In 1962, the colour flesh was changed to peach recognizing that not everyone's flesh is the same shade.

Crayon Stack
Photo by bookgrl

The name Crayola was coined by Alice Binney, wife of company founder Edwin, and a former school teacher. She combined the words craie, which is French for chalk, and ola, for oleaginous, because crayons are made from petroleum based paraffin.

Red Crayon
Photo by parl

Some Crayon Inspired Color Palettes

My crayon box Crayon Juice

Crayon Jar Is Rigged Crayon Happyness

Cheap crayon crayon doodles

Crayon Box Renewed Crayon Sharpener

crayons 2.0 crayon of the gods

crayon box Crayon´s box

 

Title Photo by davidz

Crayola Crayon Trivia from Crayola.com

Crayon Color Code List Compiled by ColorSchemer.com

 

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56 Comments
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lostmy

*drool*
Loving this, those are great pictures!!!
one of my own...
colour wheel

SparrowLP

how great! Now I want to go home and color... I know just reading this made me remember how they smell... one of my favorite childhood smells :D (I love your photo, lostmy!!!)

J-man

Very cool, I'm going to have to use some of these colors in my palettes. *goes to play around with them*

lightfairy287

These photos are wonderful! I love how they name the crayons. Some of them are pretty humorous.

retsof

Some history of Indian Red, now Chestnut is in here:

Chestnut

I found the 2004 State color names and added them here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Crayola_crayon_colors

We don't have a hex equivalent for some of the old 1994 colors.

lllara

Fantastic article! My love affair with colour and colour names definitely began with my first Crayolas! Great chart too. Thanks!

Carrie-san

When I was little, I used to play with my crayons like they were people. They had genders and everything and had crushes on other colors. Did anybody else do this? XDD


Also, I had the hardest time saying "cadet blue" because I always wanted to read it like you'd say "caddy" .. Cad-it.

artsykerley

the red crayons always tasted the best. =)

retsof

In 2008, Crayola came up with "Kids' Choice colors for their 50th anniversary 64 box.

Whose kids came up with these? It was probably those that never memorized color names. I used traditional color blends in the old days.

http://www.crayola.com/promos/64BoxBirthday/kidsChoice.cfm

I color picked the hex from the Crayola page. Now we need to figure out what they were.

Awesome #FF2052
Giving Tree #21E339
Famous #E72094
Fun in the Sun #FF5500
Best Friends #D600FF
Super Happy #FFFF21
Happy Ever After #218EB5
Bear Hug #6B655A

retsof

8 colors above are in here
CrayolaKids'Choice ICrayolaKids'ChoiceII

retsof

I have a color names dictionary over here, but "Awesome", "Bear Hug" and "Giving Tree" aren't in it.

Ariane

Thank for that. I'm like a child.

Starr

This is so fabulous!! Thanks for posting it! :)

retsof

top 7 rejected Crayola names

Login To Vote 1 15 Marijuana Green
Login To Vote 2 13 Micheal Jackson Black
Login To Vote 3 10 Yeast Infection Yellow
Login To Vote 4 1 Sewage Green
Login To Vote 5 -7 Cold Pink
Login To Vote 6 -12 Dirty Peach
Login To Vote 7 -12 Vitiligo White

http://www.keepersoflists.org/index.php?lid=6844

retsof

rejected Crayon names (with pictures of wrappers)

http://www.dribbleglass.com/subpages/crayons.htm

found in a diaper gold
Mc Donald's burger gray
Los Angeles air brown
klan white
flu phlegm green
spousal abuse black
spousal abuse blue
spank me pink
melanoma tan
time 'o the month
tin man's johnson silver

retsof

rejected crayon names

http://www.thematches.com/blog/2007/09/rejected-color-names-for-crayola-brand.html

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Rejected Color Names for Crayola Brand Crayons
Dead Tooth Grey
Yeast Infection Yellow
Grampa's Brass Eye Bronze
Rough Sex Red
Pug Dick Pink
Wifey's Cuban Gigolo Tan
Camel Ass Camel
First Date Balls Blue
Mommy "fell down the stairs and hurt her eye" Purple
Power White
Jesus Black
posted by Shawnfromthematches at 11:03 PM

retsof

rejected crayon names

http://gawker.com/378432/gaylord-children-invent-gay-new-crayons

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 64-crayon box, Crayola is tarnishing its sacred traditions with eight "newly named colors," supposedly selected by kids, most likely kids who eat crayons. The new names? "Super Happy (yellow), Fun in the Sun (orange), Giving Tree (green), Bear Hug (brown), Awesome (dusty pink), Happy Ever After (blue), Famous (hot pink) and Best Friends (purple)." Oh god, "Super Happy"? "Famous"??? Yeesh. Do not want. Some rejected crayon names, after the jump:

Daddy Drinks (taupe)

Thorazine (mauve)

Foster Home (gray)

Batman Is My Only Friend (black)

Violent Stepbrother (maroon)

I Want to Kiss Boys (also mauve)

beccafly

Thank you!!! This is my favorite post ever :D I bought a new box of Crayolas a few years ago, the 120 box, and promptly put it in order by color. My love for crayons will never die :)

lizcrimson

dangit! i did several crayola palettes about a month ago but i can't remember what i called them and i can't find them. :( i love this blog article, though, and crayola!

codename_gimmick

I LIVED for my crayons when I was a kid. I loved making the same drawings with different shades of the same colors, just so I could see how horribly differently they turned out!

I'm really drawn to some of the new, darker colors, like "Outer Space", "Shadow", and "Beaver". I look at them and think, "Wow, when the hell did Crayola decide to go for subtlety?!" Very nice!

Excellent post, of course!

wingedvictory

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for crayons. I was looking for an old pack on 94 this morning a had. Sadly, I couldn't find them. They must be long gone.

Thank you so much for the information. I didn't know that there were so many colours. Wonder how many of the colours on COLOURlover match the Crayola ones. What a fascinating read!

wingedvictory

retsof, I am just loving those names. There should be a mature or adult crayon box. I would buy it. Haha. Damn, I want to get out my crayons right now and just draw for hours. I really need to go out and buy some! A big pack too!!!

BeauHLF

That is awesome! Totally reminds me of being a kid...I can almost smell them now! LOL

nickpapageorgia

Excelent post, I loved my crayons when I was a kid. For all you Photoshop designers out there I put together a color palatte of all 120 colors, it is in the update portion of the post linked below.

Crayola crayon colors photoshop palette

Bob Smith

I just ran across a website I thought you all might like. This guy creates some amazing artwork only with Crayola.

http://thecrayonman.com/

Who would ever think you could do something like these pictures with something as basic as a crayon?

He's got my vote for the Best Imagination!

fleshy

oh my goodness, I had 2 cases of crayons when I was little. I wouldn't share, I was just a crayon hog! oh man those were the days.. I think I need to go out and buy some for tonight

chanelley

okay this is stupid but
LOL AT BEAVER haha I've never seen that crayon color before..

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