I think I should say that October is the month of DIY projects.
I’ve decided not to combine these pumpkins together even though they were made on the same day. The first pumpkin we made was the melted crayons on the pumpkin. I’ve been thinking about whether or not if I should explain what we did, as it’s basically the same things we did as last year, but I’m going to explain the important things. This is always a fun thing to do between my nana and I. Doing it with a medium or large pumpkin is more ideal though, but smaller pumpkins are good too. We used a smaller pumpkin today.
What You Need:
- Several crayons
- Small cup or bowl
- Newspaper (optional)
- Aluminum Foil (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hair Dryer
- It’s best to do this first part a day before and not like 10 minutes like we did today. To be able to take off the crayons wrapping you need to soak them in a small cup or bowl. We also broke them before we put them in their bath. It’s best to do longer sticks for medium-large pumpkins than small ones. Also, the smaller you break them the more you can put on the actual pumpkins.
- After soaking the crayons for a good 10-15 minutes, go ahead and take them out and start peeling off the wrappers. Dry them off with a towel and throw away the excess paper.
- While you’re do that first part, I suggest you get out your hot glue gun (or any strong glue) plug it into the socket to heat up as you tearing off the paper from the crayons.
- After both are finished, get your work area ready. We used aluminium foil and newspaper as our protection for a number of reasons. I’ll get to that in a minute.
- Lay out two sheets of foil on your area flat. One going vertical and the other horizontal. You can roll up the sides so nothing gets out.
- If you have an apron that covers down towards your legs, then you can just skip this step. Use your newspaper as your shield against the melting wax. Put it in front of you to protect your skin and clothes from spraying of melted crayons.
- Next, you’re ready for putting your broken up crayons on the pumpkin. We don’t usually go up too far the stem. As it starts the go down the sides is a good place to put them. I wouldn’t suggest putting a lot of the glue on at one time, because it will look like a bubble once everything is melted. Place each crayon on the dab of glue and press it in slightly, try not to burn yourself in the process.
- Once you have the crayons were you want them, plug in your hair dryer into the wall and put it on high and move it around the crayons. It takes them a bit to start melting, probably 10 minutes. When they start melting you can change your direction of your aim, we started by going down directly on the sticks, but once you have a good flow you can direct the heat sideways, it makes the colored wax collide into the other one next to it and it’s actually pretty good!
- I’d turn off the dryer when the sticks have basically disappeared or even if you just have a little bit left. When you are finished, take a break and remove the paper from your lap gently as the wax is still hot. It actually dries pretty fast so you can move it somewhere else if you want to after like few minutes. I HIGHLY suggest keeping the foil underneath the pumpkin, because when it starts to rot and if you don’t have that underneath, it becomes difficult to move off and throw away. Plus, leaving it and you get this pretty bottom of dried crayon on the foil.
- Now you are finally done with everything. You get the joy of cleaning up after yourself and admiring your new art project!