Melted Crayon Pumpkin…

October 14, 2015

Hi there!… looking for something a little non traditional for your halloween pumpkin this year?… Although this one can get messy it feels like its a whole lot less messy than gutting and carving a pumpkin! Try your hand at making a Melted Crayon Pumpkin!

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To make the melted crayon pumpkin you need the following:

Pumpkin – the melted crayon looks great with a white pumpkin but you could use an orange one, or even paint your pumpkin first!

Crayons – new or old broken bits from your kids crayon stash

Glue – white glue or crazy glue

Heat source – hair dryer / heat gun.  The hair dryer is the slower melter of the two and does create some melted crayon spray but if you’re setup properly this works great.  If you have a heat gun this will melt your crayons faster but you have to try not to melt them too fast.  You can find heat guns in the paint removal section of stores like Home Depot.

Brownpaper / Newspapers – to protect your work surface from crayon drips/spray

Apron – to keep yourself free of melted crayon

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Before you get started peel all of the crayons that you will be using…

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…wash and thoroughly dry your pumpkin to remove any dirt! Also let your pumpkin warm up to room temperature if you purchased it from an outdoor market!…

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If you are making this pumpkin with kids you can opt to use some non toxic white glue… this glue takes longer to dry so it will be awhile before all of the crayons are stuck into place and you can move on with the melting.  Gluing the crayons to the top of the pumpkin holds them into place so that they don’t fall off while you’re trying to melt them.

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I opted to use crazy glue… you only need the tiniest dot… once the glue is on the crayon press the crayon into place on the top of the pumpkin… I also crack the back end off of the crayon as my pumpkins were petite and too much crayon was just hanging out in the air.

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…hold the crayon in place for a few moments… the crazy glue doesn’t always hold on the first try because the crayon is made of wax but be patient and hold it in place for a few extra moments – the glue will hold enough for you to get the crayons melting and then the glues purpose has been served!

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see!… BAM!… crayon in place…

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Now work your way around the pumpkin… the colours and the number of crayons are totally up to you… if you use all reds and burgundy crayons your pumpkin will look like its oozing blood – you could poke a fake knife into the top!… or go with orange and black for a traditional Halloween colour scheme…

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I worked my way around this pumpkin with a rainbow!…

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Then I broke out my hair dryer… in the video segment with BT I show the heat gun method… as noted,  when using the heat gun you want to use a low temp and melt the crayons slowly so that they all don’t just run down the sides without pooling at the top for a larger cascade of the melted colours.

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Hairdryer in hand…

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…this is a slower method but don’t lose patience… start close to warm the crayons up and then pull back a little… you will see the crayons bed over the side of the pumpkin and start to melt away… you want to move slowly so that the melted crayon spreads out and down…

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Because the hairdryer blows more air it will send some melted crayon flying… be sure to watch your aim and try to work with the hairdryer pointing down… wear an apron and make sure you lay out paper to catch the melted crayon… you could even sit the pumpkin down into a cardboard box so that the sides of the box catch any of the crayon spray (instead of your walls)… yes I got some crayon spray on my wall.

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I found the hairdryer left the melted crayon a little chunky and thick… this isn’t bad – its just a look – if you want it more melted keep the hair dryer on it for longer or switch over to you heat gun to flatten out any crayon lumps!

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These melted crayon pumpkins are super fun to make and display!…

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…darling white pumpkins with a mega POP of colour!

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I can’t wait to see your melted crayon pumpkin!… come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook page and share some photos of your melted crayon pumpkins!



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