When you're a young family with kids, it's hard to have a Christmas tree that looks consistent. If you've been married for a few years before you had children you may have a bunch of really beautiful hand crafted ornaments that look very grown up. However, there's also a good chance that along with your first child you've started a collection of ornaments that consists of sesame street characters and handmade child-art.

Now, you certainly don't have enough of the children's ornaments to fill a whole tree, and it seems likely that your old decorating sensibilities will clash with the primary colors of your tiny tot's Hallmark collection. You want to put the kids ornaments on the tree, but you don't want to spend an arm and a leg buying new (fragile) glass balls and others to fill it out. What do you do?

We made some crayon ornaments with a new box of Crayola Crayons and some ornament hooks, and it was so easy that you can do it too.

You'll need three things:

1. Crayons
2. Christmas Ornament Hooks (Even though I used the green, coated hooks, I'd recommend the silver uncoated because you really shouldn't be melting plastic. These were just what I had. My penance for being bad is sharing this instructable with you.)
3. Lighter

Step 1: Pick Your Crayons

I'd recommend buying a massive box. The one kids drool over that has colors in it like "Elvis' Jumpsuit Gold" and "Gulf of Mexico Brown". You'll have so many to choose from that you don't really need to worry about the colors you don't like (and you'll have leftovers for the kids to color with).

For the purpose of this demonstration, we've chosen two 24 packs.

Because you'll be needing them quickly, I'd suggest picking the specific colors you want to use before moving on to the next step.
So, by chance did you try this going through the tip of the crayon? Because this sounds like a fantastic idea, but looks kind of weird with the crayons hanging upside-down.
I haven't done that myself, though I'm sure you could! Not a bad idea either.
try melting them in tins, mixing colors, different cookie cutter shapes, and adding the hook to those. :)
That's a great idea. We actually melt down the broken and worn down crayons my son uses and pour them ino ice cube trays to make fat crayons for him. Shouldn't be too hard to do the same for your suggestion. Thanks for the feedback.
Any chance of seeing how they look on an actual tree? Really creative idea though!
They got packed away pretty quick after Christmas, but my wife and I decorate pretty early, so I'll have to take some pictures as soon as we get everything up.
Very simple and cute!
Thanks, Penolopy.

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