The melted crayon pumpkin is Pinterest's golden child of porch decorations for Halloween 2016--for good reason. When it comes to easy DIY halloween decorations, they take the cake and call for only three supplies you already have in your house. Yes, they're that scary-simple.
Even better, you can use this kid-friendly craft with any range of colors. When we tested it out, we made one with a selection of rainbow hues and another with the whole range of creepy Halloween colors from purple and green to orange and black. Let your imaginations run wild and get little hands involved. Since there's no carving, it's an easy way to get them excited about and involved in decorating for a night of trick-or-treating or a big spooky bash. Just make sure they man the hair dryer and don't get their hands in the crayon as its melting; it dries almost immediately, so you don't have anything to worry about there.
(*) We suggest 2 24-count boxes of crayons for one medium-sized pumpkin. Size your crayon count up or down depending on the size of your pumpkin and the color scheme you have in mind. If, for example, you want to do an array of blue hues, you might need more boxes since so few blue crayons come in each box.
- Choose your color scheme and pull out the crayons that you'll need to create it. Peel the labels off all of these crayons and snap them in half through the middle.
- Gently glue the crayon halves to the top of the pumpkin in a ring around the stem. (We suggest finding a pumpkin with a bend stem, so that you can get the hair dryer closer to the middle of the pumpkin.) Let the glue set before continuing on.
- Lay down newspaper or some sort of tarp to protect your table--a little bit of wax will fly!--and set the pumpkin you're using in the middle of it.
- Turn the hair dryer on low and start warming the crayons by holding it straight above them. This will reduce the amount of splatter you have in two ways.
- Keep moving the dryer until all the crayons are melted and the wax is dripping down the sides of the pumpkin. There shouldn't be much of a puddle of wax at the top of the pumpkin.
- If you want to keep the drips standing out, let the pumpkin sit until the wax hardens. If you want drips that won't break off, point the hair dryer at the sides of the pumpkin, nudging the drips back toward the skin of the pumpkin, where they can flatten out. Continue until they're all plastered against the sides.
- Let your pumpkin sit until the wax re-hardens. Then set out wherever you like as decoration.