Halloween is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! I love decorating for Halloween, and I have been busy getting my craft on in preparation for the spooky season. The first craft I wanted to share with you was a lot of fun to make, but to be perfectly honest, it was a bit of a pain in the rear. I first got the idea for a Halloween crayon art pumpkin when I saw this post on Pinterest. I thought it was totally adorable, and I knew I wanted to make one for myself. And while the end product is definitely unique and fun, the journey to get there was a bit bumpy.
In an effort to keep this from becoming a novel, I will keep the faux-pas brief.
- First off, I didn’t have the tacky glue that was recommended in the original post. So, I tried good old Elmer’s, but the crayons just would not stay on the pumpkin while the glue was still wet. I didn’t have time to hold each crayon down individually until the glue was dry. So, I decided to try hot glue, but that melted the crayon on contact; therefore, they wouldn’t stick.
- Second, I had simply purchased a fake white pumpkin from Michael’s. Since the glue wasn’t working, I thought that maybe if I just held the crayon down and got it started melting that the wax would allow it to stick. Well, as soon as the heat from the hair dryer hit the pumpkin that I had purchased, the surface of the pumpkin started bubbling… Oops.
Clearly, this craft was not going to be as simple as I thought, and I had just nearly ruined a brand new decorative pumpkin with glue, wax, and heat. (Click here to see how I salvaged this poor pumpkin.) I wanted this pumpkin, though. So, I was determined to make it happen.
I went out and purchased exactly what was recommended in the original post by Allison – tacky craft glue and a Funkin pumpkin. Unfortunately, I still ran into a bit of a glitch with the glue. Even the tacky craft glue would not hold the crayons until it was completely dry. And again, I had neither the time, nor the patience, to sit and hold each one until dry. (I think this may be somewhat dependent on the shape of the pumpkin you use.)
I finally figured out something that worked, though. Yay! So, here’s what I did.
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First, you want to choose the crayon colors that you want to use on your pumpkin. Since this was for Halloween, I decided to use mostly black/gray, orange, and purple with some green thrown in.
Unwrap all of the crayons and cut about 1/3 – 1/2 of the ends off.
Put a glob of hot glue down on the top of the pumpkin, and let it cool for just a few seconds. Then, place the crayon on the glue. If you try to attach the crayon while the glue is too hot, it will melt and not stick. But don’t wait too long, or the glue will harden. I promise it won’t take you too long to get the hang of the timing. If the glue does harden and you don’t get the crayon to stick, just peel the glue off of the pumpkin and try again.
Once all of the crayons have been glued, turn the hair dryer on high speed and high heat. You’ll want to hold the hair dryer fairly close to the crayons to get them to melt. Also, point the hair dryer at different angles towards the crayons in order to get the melted wax to spread more.
Be sure you have a drop cloth underneath the pumpkin, as the wax will drip and splatter quite a bit.
If some of the crayons fall off as they are melting, just pick them up and place them back on the pumpkin. Once all of the crayons are melted, let the wax set, and you’re done!
In the end, I think it was worth the hassle. 🙂
Now to find the perfect place to put it…