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I absolutely love how watercolory and colorful these crayon drip ornaments turned out and they are SO easy to make. They really only take three things to create.  I'm serious!  Here's how you make them!
 
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Step 1: What you need and before you begin:

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 2: Tear off labels from crayons

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1. 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. Good thing, cause I get impatient!

Step 3: Break off small pieces and put in ornament

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2. 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 4: Blast the ornament with a hair dryer on high

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3. 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!

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Step 6: Melt until desired look, then shake out crayons

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4. 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! Here's some more pics of my finished creations!

Step 7: Finished project detail 1

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Step 8: Finished project detail 2

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cwolaver6 days ago

I made these for my parents of school children this year and wanted a cute little poem to go with it. This is what I came up with if you want to use it :) Have fun!!!

My crayons were broken

And well beyond use

So I decided to recycle

And make something new

We thought
and thought

About what to do

We made this beautiful

Christmas ball for you!

nulo7715 days ago
Awesome project! Made these with my 8yo nephew and 6yo niece. They picked the colors and held the hair dryer while I did the swirling. Finished product is so beautiful! Thanks again!
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kakmer1 year ago
Any idea how shavings instead of pieces would work? Have you tried it?
Shavings melted way to fast.
We made ours with the kid's. They loved it and the ornaments came out awesome. Makes great gifts.
tbwj78023 days ago

This is going to be one of our gifts this year. Thank you so much for the idea and your excellent tutorial.

I would like to know from someone how the wax and ornament has lasted over time. I have made glass ornaments for years similar to this using acrylics and glass paints with different results.

kelly.tognarini made it!26 days ago

this was alot of fun!!

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sarahofsydney11 months ago

This is a really beautiful looking project. I am a primary school teacher, I cannot wait to try this with stage 3's later this year!

rtaylor411 year ago
I do a lot of crafts with melted crayons and taking the paper off can be such a pain and a time suck, to boot. What I do to speed up the process is throw all the crayons in a bowl and put them in warm water. Then I gather my other materials and let that sit for just a few moments. The warm water softens the paper and all you have to do is roll them between your palms. Simple, easy, the paper comes right off, and you just saved 20 minutes!
TwoSpoony1 year ago
Ooh, that's a nice way to use up old wax crayons.
PeoplesCar1 year ago
So pretty! I wonder if you could break the crayons apart, put them in the ornaments, then put the ornaments in the microwave for a minute and then just twirl / rotate / shake the ornaments to make it even easier / faster.
nohsie1 year ago
Very nice!!
mbrinkm2 years ago
I just did this tonight with my Tiger Cub den and learned a few things before getting a good result. The biggest lesson learned was to use quality crayons; for me I was able to get Crayola brand crayons to work but the cheap restaurant / freebie kids activity crayon boxes do not melt enough to do it (I did not try Prang or Rose Art). The second lesson was to wear a glove. The last lesson was to know these before the kids lost interest and started playing on their own, but the blown breaker from 3 blow dryers on the same circuit didn't help this.

Even with this, the parents and kids had a lot of fun making them, they turned out great, and 9 kids were able to make two ornaments (1 to keep and 1 to gift at our upcoming caroling event) each in a little over an hour.

Thank you for sharing this project.
stselide2 years ago
Great Job! I did it this weekend with my kids and thay all look great and we had lots of fun!
zalomom2 years ago
I'm so glad I found this!!! I just bought glass ornaments at Michael's. Can't wait to try this.
Lemeshianos2 years ago
Looks nice. I might give it a try if I can find glass ornaments.
kyserrolls2 years ago
Neat idea, I may try it with my kids! Thanks
I have to try that. I wonder if I could make something to hold the glass balls, then this would probably suitable to do with my daughter - so she does not get her hands singed. Maybe a wooden stick with some rubber piece to clamp the piece between wood and hose... Or something like that ;).
You could probably wear winter gloves as insulation.
what about a heat resistant stylists glove? You can get them at beauty shops, they're used for the curling irons that don't have clamps.
It's better to use a tong as then you can swirl the ornament :-) instead of a clamp
zomfibame2 years ago
This is such a cool idea!
they look wonderful! might just add these to my diy Christmas decorations list!!
Beautiful! So many possibilities!
♥ it! Thanks for sharing :)
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is a really neat idea!