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. This first craft I have to share with you – a DIY melted crayon pumpkin! – was a lot of fun to make, but to be perfectly honest, it was a bit of a pain in the arse.
Crayon art is big right now, and I think it is so fun. I have been wanting to try it for quite awhile now, but since I don’t have any canvases at home, I needed something else to work with. Enter the craft pumpkin!
As you can see, it turned out looking fabulous, but let me give you a run down of some of the problems I encountered along the way. That way, you won’t make the same mistakes that I did.
- My first mistake was trying to use Elmer’s glue to attach the crayons to the pumpkin. Big fail. The crayons just would not stay on the pumpkin while the glue was still wet, and I didn’t have time to hold each crayon down individually until the glue was dry. (Who does?!) Then, I tried to use a Tacky craft glue, but it posed the same problem as the Elmer’s.
- My second mistake was in the type of pumpkin I bought. I had simply purchased a white pumpkin from Michael’s for this project. 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 from the crayon 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 that poor pumpkin.) I wanted the melted crayon pumpkin, though. So, I was determined to make it happen.
After a little research, I decided to try a Funkin pumpkin, and that’s when things finally started to come together. Yay!
*The Funkin that I bought is no longer available on Amazon. So, you could try a different brand of foam pumpkin, or even a real one!
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Step 1 – Prepare Crayons
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.
Step 2 – Glue
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.)
Step 3 – Melt the Crayons
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.
Step 4 – Let Dry
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.
What do you think? Have you ever tried making a melted crayon pumpkin? Or any other type of crayon art? Let me know in the comments!