I’m back with the melting crayons today but the final result is very different from the melted crayon tree decorations. These are glass baubles with crayons melted inside them and the result is quite grown up and elegant. I did these melted crayon glass ornaments when my children were 3 and 5 and really it would be better with older children. Cutting up the crayons is easier with a big knife and the baubles get quite hot and are fiddly to hold with gloves on.
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Equipment to Make Melted Crayon Glass Ornaments
First off you’ll need some clear glass baubles with a removable stem. I struggled to find these in the shops. Everywhere had plastic ones but I suspect they would melt, or at the very least warp when the heat of the hairdryer is applied. I ordered mine from Amazon in the end but I believe Hobbycraft sell them.
You’ll also need a hairdryer, some gloves, a knife and crayons in a selection of colours. Yet another use for the restaurant freebie crayons that have been cluttering up your hand bag for months, you’re welcome.
Getting Started with your Melted Crayon Glass Ornaments
First you’ll need to peel the labels off your crayons. An easy job if you have long beautiful talons, a pain in the bum for the rest of us. Once they are peeled they need to be cut in to small pieces, ideally 1 or 2 centimetres long.
Next you’ll want to group them in to sets of colours that go well together. I’m partially colourblind and have no colour coordination so I’m sure you can do better than me. Your kids will want to combine them all hoping for a multi colour rainbow effect. I would discourage this as the result is likely to be sludge coloured melted crayon ornaments. Once you’ve planned your colours, remove the stem from the bauble and pop them inside.
You’ll initially think that you don’t need to wear gloves, after all it’s only a hairdryer. Two minutes in you will realise your folly and put them on. Hold the bauble carefully and use the hairdryer to melt the crayons inside. You need to gently moving it around to create a pattern. If you are happy with the effect before the crayon has completely melted you can just let it drop out of the bottom. They now need to dry. Ideally you would move them around a few times while they are drying to stop all the liquid wax pooling in one place. Realistically we all know that isn’t going to happen because…life.
Once the melted crayon glass ornaments are dry you can pop the stem back on and hang them on your tree, give them as teacher gifts or if they’re really awful offload them on Great Aunt Betty. Don’t forget to check out my other posts about melting stuff at Christmas, Melted Bead Christmas Tree Decorations and Malted Crayon Christmas Tree Decorations.
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