If you're looking for a fun twist on some homemade fall/Halloween decorations or centerpieces, you're going to love this crayon drip pumpkin art! Inspired by the crayon drip paintings that were all the rage on Pinterest earlier this summer, I spied these gorgeous white pumpkins at Walmart and started wondering if I could apply the same technique to them.
It took a little bit of trial and error, but I finally achieved the results I was looking for! And you guys are the lucky beneficiaries of my tests -- I'll share how I did it to save you a little time and frustration if you decide to give them a try.
Supplies you'll need:
The first step is to choose your crayon colors and peel the paper off all of them. I selected black, yellow, and a couple of different shades of orange for colors that could take me through Halloween and hopefully to Thanksgiving. Don't bother purchasing the expensive crayons -- I found the cheapest ones work just as well.
Wipe your pumpkins down and dry them thoroughly. Attach the crayons in a circle on the top of the pumpkin, using hot glue on the low setting of a dual temperature hot glue gun.
Now it's time for the fun part -- melting the crayons! It gets a little messy, so I suggest taking this step outside. Even outside you may want to line your melting area with garbage bags or cut up paper grocery bags to contain the mess to contain the overspray.
Using a hair dryer or heat gun, start slowly melting the crayons, one by one. I used my husband's heat gun for this step, but a hair dryer will do the trick. Mine is just older and didn't melt the crayons as quickly as I wanted it to.
Try not to aim your hair dryer or heat gun directly where the crayons are attached with the hot glue, because it will melt the glue and the crayons will fall off. Instead, aim at the middle of a single crayon and try to slowly melt it until it curves against the pumpkin.
I melted each crayon until it started to curve, saving the black for last. Then I went back and melted them all completely, using the heat gun to coax the wax in different directions to blend it together.
Aren't they adorable? My kids loved helping out with this project, and it was an easy way to bring a little fall inside our house. Note that I haven't tried these as an outdoors decoration simply because our front porch gets direct sun all day long, and I'm afraid that it will melt the wax more.
What fall crafts have you made lately?