Sunday, December 9, 2012

Melted Crayon Ornaments!

It may be wrong - but I love to melt crayons!!!
This Pinterest inspired project is Hot! Literally! But so much fun!


Here's How it's done -
What you will need: Clear glass ornaments, crayons, and a hair dryer.

Take the top off of the ornament and drop in bits of crayon - not too many. Think about color mixing for best results (This is where I hope you listened to your art teacher and remember how colors mix!)
Put the top back on and hold by the top. Apply heat to the crayons until they begin to melt. 


Spin or twirl the ornament to allow the crayon to spread around the ornament. Careful! It does get hot! 




64 comments:

  1. What type of crayons are you using? We've tried the melted crayons before on pumpkins and they were all lumpy and greasy looking. Maybe didn't have the right "type" of crayons?

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    1. Amy, if you blow up the picture it shows she's using Crayola crayons

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    2. I definitely use Crayola crayons. I might have had some other in my box of crayon scraps but I always pick out the Crayola - they melt the best and solidify the best.

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    3. Ive used dollar store crayons and they dont melt as nice as the crayola. Definetly use crayola.

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    4. The secret is not to use any CHEAP waxies. The pigment in them is different and powdery. Also cheaper waxies are not Bees Wax - they are usually paraffin wax. They don't work properly.

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    5. The washable crayons don't work as well.

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  2. This is so cool! Gonna try this with my teenagers for their grandma

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  3. Can you use the sparkle crayons? I would use the Crayola too, but have you tried the glitter ones?

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    1. I LOVE your idea!! Definitely trying the glitter crayons!! GENIUS!

      Thank you!

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    2. I do crayon art often and glitter crayons work well and are shiny without being tacky

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  4. You could also do a similar project with tempera paints! Like the crayons, a few drops into the ball, and swirl them around. Turn them upside down on egg crates to let the paints dry (and any excess to drip out). Advantage of the paints, would be safer to do with children where you might not want them handling the melted crayon wax or hot ornaments.

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    1. Very true! If I were doing this with my students I would do it with the paint...but this one was for the big kid - me! :) and I like to play with melted crayons!

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    2. Me and my cuzin found a project with crayons and it wont work cuz my hairdryer wont melt them dang crayons! Plz help me!

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    3. I have done this with the paint, & don't really recommend it. When I unpacked them the following year, all the paint had peeled away.

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    4. Use acrylic paint instead of tempura--ours have lasted 3+ years and haven't peeled.

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    5. I think paint would work best for me. I'd love to do the crayons, but I live in Florida and our attic (where we keep all of our holiday stuff) can get to be extremely hot. The crayons would for sure melt up there. I'd do acrylic since I don't have to worry about kids and toxicity.

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    6. what about during the summer when it is all packed away,,, doesn't the crayons melt again from the heat of summer and clump at the bottom?

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  5. Theresa, I have a big kid in me too obviously. I love melted crayon projects and this one sounds really fun. I will do these with my kids next year for my mom. She loves home made gifts.

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    1. I definitely will be making more next Christmas! I'm thinking of hosting an after school ornament making session for teachers at my schools. It's so much fun! Now that the holidays are over...I need to find a new melted crayon project. I'm thinking hearts are in order! :)

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  6. We used the same glass ornaments this Christmas with alcohol ink and a can of compressed air to blow it around. Do a color, let it dry, then layer with another color, they came out beautifully. My 6 year old son made them for his gifts this year. I can't wait to try these with him!

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  7. Is this time consuming to do? How long does it take before the bits start to melt? I mean, is it like a one minute per bulb type thing, or more like 10 minutes? Just to have an idea... Thanks!

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    1. Terese - It's pretty quick once it starts melting. Depending on the heat setting on the hair dryer, it begins to melt within about 20 seconds. I'd say the whole melting part takes no more than 2-3 minutes.

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    2. will crayon shaveings work shapen crayon then drop the thin peaces in the bulb

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  8. I think this is a awesome family project.I have a daughter and she loves doing crafts.But we haven't done this before is it hard?

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  9. Just wondering if the crayon is smaller dose it melt faster?

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    1. It's not hard but could be hot for young ones. Make sure to hold the ornaments yourself - perhaps she can hold the blow dryer. Yes the smaller the pieces will melt faster.

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  10. Have you tried plastic balls instead of glass

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    1. I just tried the plastic ball and it did great with the hair dryer. Just have to figure out a way to hold it since the metal top gets hot.

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    2. maybe try cotton gloves..for you and kids? I might try this with my 2 boys...!

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  11. Wat if you held the ornament by a sting or yarn to melt it :)

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  12. Or hold the hook end with a needle nose pliers

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  13. Love the idea for the ornaments but I have to tell you, I LOVE your background on this site. Bold and bright. Makes you want to get creative with something.

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    1. Thanks! I created it on the iPad with the Brushes app.

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    2. Its a beautiful background. I haven't tried designing on an ipad ...enjoying the ideas and sugestions for the ornaments acrylic paint works. Glitter can be added at the same time..my daughter and I expeimented with it and has lasted for years.

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  14. Will the color stay like that forever????

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  15. will the heat from the xmas lights on tree melt the crayola off the ornament some

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  16. This is awesome I gonna tell my daughter for my granddaughter cause ava loves using her hands cause she has sensory issues this site be perfect.thanks

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  17. Got a question....im thinking of trying this as centerpieces on a table since we are going with a "galaxy" theme. Any ideas on how to incorporate lights to make them glow??? If so will the light be able to show through the paint or crayons????

    Thanks

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    1. Using glitter crayons could work well to look like little stars.

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  18. Jeanne, Try the flameless battery operated candles...

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  19. thanks for all these ideas, I will try it both with a box of crayons that has been there for a bit, and with the acrylic paints. I look forward to this. Roger

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  20. How do these hold up in the long run? I'm afraid the wax would crack when stored.

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  21. I melted crayons and swirled leaving spaces in it and then did the glitter inside, they turned our really cool.

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  22. If you store these little cuties in your attic after Christmas, the summer heat might just melt the wax again. Yuck.

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    1. Melt them until you like the look and then pull the heat away to cool. It's okay to leave some not totally melted as long as you like the look.

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  24. Question, Can you do another color after the first coat is dry? Mixed my colors but they all turned out all one color.

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    1. Make sure to choose colors that will mix together well and know when to pull the heat away. You want them to swirl around not totally mix together.

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  25. I have a question: how many pieces of crayon do you use, and how big of pieces? I bought the smaller sized glass ornaments. How do you mix the colors? Do you throw all of the pieces in together, or do one color, and then add another after it is dry? Thanks:) Sincerely, Christina:)

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    1. Use small broken pieces. It depends on how big your ornament. You can always add another piece in and add heat again...just know that it will melt the other colors again so be sure and move the glass around to let them all melt and swirl around.

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  26. Please help! I tried to make one yesterday, and think I may have used too many crayons! How many do you use generally. The crayons covered the ball inside, but they were not easy to swirl, and as it dried there were several spots that had the clear glass showing again.

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  27. My plastic ornaments melted- paint worked very well!!

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  28. Does the hair dryer need to be a special one or does any standard hair dryer work

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    1. Any hair dryer works. Anything stronger or hotter will burn you and heat your craft to the point of ruin. Be safe!

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    2. We've actually found that embossing gun works faster. I've been doing them with that lately.

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  29. Love this project - so creative and fun! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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    1. What a big collection of ideas there Mel!
      We did a fun class making these at our ArtsyBug Studio.

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  30. If I use plastic instead of glass, will the ornament melt or disfigure when the crayons start to melt?? Or would it work as well as glass? Need to know asap

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    1. Glass would be better to use.

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  31. thanks for the wonderful idea!! made a few for gifts, then it snowballed into extra Christmas cash. even added some crystal beads for initials then some ribbon to finish it.

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  32. I found that using an old cheese grater works well for getting crayon bits. Also, to prevent the crayon dust from collecting in a lump at the bottom, first rinse the inside of the ornament with warm water first. Drain the water and then use a funnel to put in the dust and roll around so it sticks to the sides before applying heat.

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