Melted Crayon Ornament – DIY
Every year I circulate through my Pinterest board looking for ways the kids can help make gifts for friends, family and teachers. Every year I’ve seen something with melted crayons. I feel like melted crayons became all the rage the year my oldest was born. I was seeing melted crayon art all over the place, but never attempted any of it…until now.
I had a friend grab two sets of clear glass ornament bulbs from Michael’s store. They were a whopping 70% off and $2/box! You can find them on Amazon too. Get two boxes because there is a learning curve and its glass. I think before we even had the cover of the box off one had smashed and then, the toddler HAD TO TOUCH ONE so there was two gone right off the bat.
It was a nice enough day that I set up a craft table outside. Crazy December weather has been mild and we are taking full advantage. You don’t need much to create these pretty one-of-a-kind ornaments.
What you need:
- Broken crayons, papers removed (kids can easily help with this part of the project) You need fairly small bit of crayon so when they are done breaking the crayons, use a small utility knife to cut them into 1/4 -1/2 inch pieces.
- Utility knife or sharp knife.
- Glass ornaments
- Break and peel the crayons into small bits and pieces.
- Choose three or four pieces of crayon for each ornament.
- Remove the small metal top of the ornament.
- Place your crayon bits into the ornament.
- Put your glove on (the heated ornament gets hot) and with the hairdryer on high heat, hold the hairdryer fairly close to the ornament and swirl it while the crayons melt. Could take a few minutes so be patient.
- Set the ornaments down to cool. Away from little hands. 🙂
- Replace the top.
- Add your ribbon and you have a unique and personal gift.
The first ornament I tried, I used crayons that were too big so they didn’t melt much or at all. The second ornament I tried I added too many crayons pieces. By I got to the third ornament I was on a roll. You can try to shake out any pieces that don’t melt, but that’s up to you.
If you have some glitter crayons they really make these glass bulbs sparkle in the light. I added a white crayon to each set of colors G and Val picked because they seemed to help get the colors to really swirl.