I am starting to feel like super craft mom over here! Believe me, we are not the craftiest family. However, we certainly try to be and have fun while doing it. This really was such a fun activity to do with the kids. Every year for Halloween, we do the typical pumpkin carving and this year we decided to change it up a bit. We wanted to make some decorations that were fun, different and stood out on our front porches! This project seemed like it would be a huge hit with the kids, and it was! Make sure to read all of the steps below. When Katie and I attempted this DIY, we had a couple of set-backs, but with some perseverance we figured it out!
What you need to buy:
- Small or large white pumpkins (real or fake…we went with the fake ones from Michaels)
- Tacky Glue (to glue down the crayons to the top of the pumpkin)
- A box of crayons all different colors
- A really hot hair dryer
- Newspaper, tablecloth or something you can put underneath the project
- The first thing you need to do is take the paper off of the crayons. This is a bit tedious but it has to be done. Make one of your kids do it!
- Break your crayons in half because you only need half for each pumpkin. Now this is the part we had to add in because our hair dryer wasn’t so strong. We tried to blow dry the crayons to make them melt but literally nothing was happening…I blame the crappy hair dryer. So we put the crayons in the microwave and melted them a bit. This got the process started and made melting them with the dryer easier.
- Glue the crayons to the top of the pumpkin. The pumpkins are round so if you don’t do this they wont stay put. Make sure you let the glue dry before trying to melt them or they will slip right off. Another fun part is to let your kids pick their colors. It was also kind of fun to teach them how to create a pattern so everything would look uniform.
- Now comes the hair dryer! I spent about a minute on each crayon and worked around the whole pumpkin. It was exciting for the kids to see all the wax melt and drip down. They totally got a kick out of it.
- After we were done we let them dry for about 15 minutes. You could add glitter or anything else decorative if you want to be creative. Draw on a scary face or just leave them as is! I also think it would look super cool with a black pumpkin and neon crayons! Next year for sure
This is also a really fun idea if you need to come up with a craft project for your kid’s school. It doesn’t take much time and they really enjoyed it. We hope you did too! Happy almost Halloween everyone. Please share your pics with us if you give it a try!