Hooray for no-carve pumpkin decorating!
I mean, I know there are some saaweeet ways to carve pumpkins. But is it worth awkwardly cutting into them and scooping out all that goop?
Introducing the melted crayon pumpkin: it’s pretty easy, quite unique, and kinda artsy. Don’t you think?
I know this isn’t a normal Two Thirds Cup post–cause it’s not a real food recipe and all. But sometimes food gets boring, right?
And I usually dislike crafting and holidays in general, but I get together with eight-year-old girls from my church twice a month and do activities. So, I have to come up with some fun stuff. And when I force my brain to think about the season at hand and make something, I actually end up enjoying myself.
So I found this Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decorating Idea from Crafty Morning and I made these colorful pumpkins with my girls. Their pumpkins didn’t have thought-out color schemes like mine per se, but they were nonetheless cool. I wish I would’ve snapped some pics. But you know, the hyper girls, melting crayon spray, and my own screaming babies didn’t lend to a thought-out photo shoot at the time.
Here’s what you need to make a melted crayon pumpkin:
- A white pumpkin: or an orange one, or you could spray paint one white.
- Crayons: I think Crayola are best for this as opposed to cheaper brands. I used Cra-Z-Art crayons for this pumpkin and they worked ok, but my girls used Crayola and they melted better.
- Tacky glue: don’t try and substitute a different kind of glue! My amateur-crafting-self tried super glue, Elmer’s glue, and tape before giving in and buying tacky glue. It’s by far the best option in these circumstances.
- Blow dryer
- Garbage bag: or newspapers or a tarp etc.
Here’s how to make a melted crayon pumpkin:
- Cut the crayons in half
- Peel the paper off
- Glue the crayons to the top of the pumpkin with tacky glue
- Place the pumpkin on a garbage bag (the melting crayon will drip and spray)
- After the glue has dried, use a hair dryer to melt the crayons
It takes a little while to melt the crayons. It took me about ten minutes with my dryer. Hold the hair dryer really close to the crayons to make it go faster.
I used 9 whole crayons (18 halves) for this pumpkin.
It’s helpful to buy a pumpkin with a kind of flat top so it’s easier to glue the crayons on.
Be sure to place the pumpkin on a large garbage bag or something to catch the melting crayons. I spread a couple garbage bags out on my porch and melted outside.
I think these pumpkins are so pretty! They’d be a great centerpiece if you had something like three with analogous color schemes.
Here’s to me doing a little something for Halloween a whole ten days in advance! Happy melting!