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DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It's also so fun to make.

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!  

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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.   

  1. 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.  
  2. 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.

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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!

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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Supplies Needed

        1. Funkin pumpkin (I bought a 10″ pumpkin)
        2. Crayola Crayons
        3. Hot glue gun/hot glue
        4. Hair Dryer
        5. Scissors
        6. Drop Cloth

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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.

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

Unwrap all of the crayons and cut about 1/3 – 1/2 of the ends off.

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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.)

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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.

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

Be sure you have a drop cloth underneath the pumpkin, as the wax will drip and splatter quite a bit.

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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!

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

In the end, I think it was worth the hassle.  

This DIY Melted Crayon Pumpkin is unique, funky, and the perfect addition to your Halloween decor. It is also so fun to make.

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!

 

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24 Comments

    1. Thanks! It was a bit of a pain, but I’m glad I persisted. I love the way it turned out, and it really was fun to make!

    1. Thank you! I had never heard of one either. They’re pretty neat little pumpkins, though! It was definitely a fun project, even though it came with frustrations.

    1. Hehe! And thank you! Obviously, a different method has worked for others, but this was my personal experience. Hopefully, this works well for others who want to try it. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I think it would be a great project for kids to participate in. My daughter is a bit too young, but fortunately, it was just as fun for an adult. 😉

    1. Thanks, Sadhna. It does look nice, and it’s just something a bit different and unique. I had a lot of fun with it!

  1. My kids love decorating pumpkins for Halloween! This is a perfect way, since it doesn’t involve any sharp objects. I love all the different colors and the way it turned out!

    1. Thanks so much! I think it would be a great craft for kids. It’s so fun seeing the crayons melt. I hope you all have fun with it.

  2. This is so fantastic! I love the dripping colors on the pumpkin. And this would be such a great decoration to for my apartment. I don’t have the pumpkin, but I do have everything else. I might need to make a trip to the craft store. 😉

    1. Thanks! Just be careful with pumpkin you choose. They won’t all tolerate the heat of the blow dryer! Have fun!

    1. Thanks, Mary. My daughter was quite fascinated with it after it was finished. She didn’t help with the creation, though. I did it during nap-time. 😀 Maybe once she is a bit older, I’ll have her do one of her own!

    1. Thank you! I love the way it turned out, and it would definitely be fun to do together with the kids. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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