Do It Yourself Crayon Melt Glass Ornaments

by TSGal on Sat, December 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am

It’s officially the time of year to pull down all of the holiday decorations from the top of the closet and get to work.  Hang the stockings, put up the lights, build the holiday village, twirl the tinsel, and decorate the tree.  I’m sure many of you recycle your ornaments throughout the years, but it’s always nice to add a few new ones to the mix each year.  I found this cool tutorial on Insructables.com for do-it-yourself Crayon Melt Glass Ornaments.  Quick, easy, and the kids can help!

What you need:

– Clear glass ornaments (I bought mine at Michaels, please avoid plastic kind as they could melt)
– crayons
– mini craft knife
– protective plastic or newspaper
– hair dryer
– embellishments as desired

Before you begin:  Prepare your area with protective plastic (I used garbage bags) or newspaper.  Even though this is a little bit less messy than other crayon crafts, you don’t want the chance of your carpet, table, etc ending up spattered with crayon drippings!

Step 1: Tear off crayon labels

 

I started off by using my craft knife and fingernails to rip off the labels on the crayons.  This is the hardest part of the process.

Step 2: Break off small pieces and put in ornament

Remove the stem from the glass ornaments carefully. Now cut or break small chunks of your crayon and drop them in. I chose to do no more than 3-4 colors at a time, but feel free to experiment with more or less!

Step 3: Blast the ornament with a hair dryer on high

With your hair dryer setting on high, blast the heat on the ornament. I found I could handle the ornament if I didn’t hold the heat too long in one spot. I twirled the ornament as they dripped with my hand. Sometimes the crayons were uncontrollable.  That’s the beauty of this project, it creates abstract drips…you just have to go with it!

Step 4: Melt until desired look, then shake out crayons

I chose to stop before my crayon was absolutely covered on the inside. I liked the transparent and scratch effect the crayon wax had with the glass, as you can see in the example above.  When you are satisfied, shake or heat the crayons up so they’ll go out the opening.

That’s it! You can add a bow or sparkle to the outside if you wish.  These would be pretty on a tree, on a gift, or in a glass bowl for a pretty display!

 

Isn’t that beautiful?  And so easy to make!  Feel free to try this out, and if you do, post a link to a picture of your finished product in the comments section below.  I might hook you up with 100 Swag Bucks!

~TSGal

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