This not-so-haunted pumpkin melted crayon art craft is super easy and really fun for all ages! It’s a creative twist on the average jack-o’-lantern and the painted pumpkin. Unlike the jack-o’-lantern that has a short life span once it’s been carved, this little cutie can last weeks and weeks.
- Hair dryer
- Tacky Clue
- optional adhesive spray, glitter and ribbon
Learn From My Mistakes
Like I said, this is super easy, but there are a few IMPORTANT TIPS I learned along the way that I need to share with you. First off, I’m a super impatient person (which is why I make a terrible baker…they have to slow down and take their time measuring stuff…insert a cross-eyed eek face here). So, when I read that I needed to use tacky glue to stick my crayons to the pumpkins I laughed. Who has time for tacky glue to set? Not this girl! So, I went straight for the hot glue gun!
No hot glue gun. Why? Because once the blow dryer melts the wax crayon your left with heaping blobs of thick glue on top of your pumpkin. Stick with tacky glue.
Give yourself a decent size working space because hot crayon wax will fly. Yes, I read this too, but I consider myself a very careful person…WRONG! There’s no getting around this. When there is a forceful amount of wind blowing on hot wax it’s pretty much impossible to control where it goes. Working over a large flat disposable surface (like a trash bag, tarp, wrapping paper, etc…) take the project outside or in the garage. That’s it! The rest of the project is a no-brainer! Here we go!
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Remove the crayon wrappers, break the crayons 2/3 of the way down (reserving the 1/3 for later) and glue to the top of your pumpkin.
Begin melting your crayons using your blow dryer on high heat.
The melted wax will begin traveling down in long skinny drips. Some may melt straight and stiff… and not exactly wrapping down and around to the bottom of the pumpkin as you’d like. Using your blow dryer, heat up those specific wax strands and melt the drips against the pumpkin.
Add the remaining 1/3 of the crayons to the top of your pumpkin and melt some more.
This will just give you more color to work with.
This is where this craft becomes personal preference. Now, I’ve seen a lot of people stop right here, but this girl likes more! More of everything! More food, more shopping, more decorating…and I could keep going on, but that’s for a whole different post. In this case I wanted more color! So, I went back to step one and started all over again by topping my pumpkin with more crayons to melt. I wanted the colors to bleed all the way down to the bottom of my pumpkin, leaving very little exposed pumpkin skin. I still like that I chose a white pumpkin because the little pop of white peeping through looks fresh and bright. However, I began thinking about the many ways this project could go.
Using my orange and white striped pumpkin I experimented with purple and black crayons, and then fell in love with the results. This is how it turned out:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October! It couldn’t be any more appropriate to do a pink pumpkin melted crayon art craft, right? I only melted 3 pink crayons because I wanted some of the white to peek through. But, like I said earlier about wanting more, I decided it needed more. I covered the pumpkin with spray adhesive and sprinkled two different colors of pink glitter on it. Here’s how it turned out:
Really, there is so much you can do with this craft. It’s football season! Have a favorite team? Color your pumpkin up in your team’s colors? Embellish with ribbon, glitter, or washi tape! Flip the pumpkin upside down and melt the wax toward the top! Turn your pumpkin into a flower vase by carving out the center and filling with fresh stems (you’ll want to insert a canning jar to hold water).
Happy crayon melting!