If you are into crafting, I am sure you have seen the many posts on creative ways to decorate your pumpkins. I wish I knew where I saw these ideas for the first time so that I could give the crafters credit because they are awesome. My children are still a little too young to carve a pumpkin, so I chose to help them make a melted crayon one.
Let me say, this project almost turned into an epic fail. It took me a very long time to figure out exactly how to do this because I had only seen pictures and never wanted to read the decorations. I made lots of mistakes and so that being said, I am going to type the right way to do it, not the way that I did it.
First I had each child pick out what colors they wanted to use on their pumpkin. My daughter is all about rainbows/pinks and my son constantly tells me that his favorite color is orange, so I kinda knew what to expect. We are using a medium size pumpkin for our examples.
Once they had their colors picked out, I peeled the outer paper off of the crayons. This was way more of a pain in the butt then I thought it would be. For some reason I could only get little pieces off at a time so it took me FOREVER!
Then you must break the crayons into smaller pieces and glue them around the top. Do not use hot glue. That might seem obvious to most, but it wasn’t to me. Lets blame it on the mommy brain.
Find a wide open space to lay out a bunch of paper or a towel you don’t mind destroying. These crayons will splatter everywhere once they are hit with the hair dryer. Your goal would be to just have the crayons run down the pumpkin’s sides but I can tell you that won’t happen.
Run your blow dryer on low heat, holding it above the crayons until they are completely melted.
Yes I completely ruined my welcome mat with crayons. I really didn’t think it through. Since it is always hot in southern California, I won’t be keeping these outside because I am afraid the heat will continue to melt the crayon.
Both kids picked out a cookie cutter that they liked and I traced it onto the pumpkin. I had tried to use a hammer and it just destroyed my cookie cutter. Once it was traced on, I was able to use a knife to cut the design out.
Next add your fake tea light and bam, you have the cutest little pumpkins around. My children were so proud of their pumpkins. I love how unique they are and that they most definitely show my children’s personalities.
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