Drippy Pumpkin Craft:
Crayons (crayola brand seem to melt better)
I started with a white fake pumpkin that I had bought at Michael's, some broken crayons, tape and a hair dryer.
I picked my crayons, laid them out on the top, taped them down and then started to melt them!
Whoa! Slow down!!!! Don't do what I did! First, make sure you're using good crayons. ie, Crayola. They melt better! In all of my experience with melty crayon crafts, they work much better. Second, I would recommend sanding the pumpkin down just a little bit, especially in the tracks that you want to use for the drips, perhaps even all over it, with some fine paper. It makes it easier for the crayon to stick to the surface, which was one of my downfalls (which you'll see later)
Also, use much smaller crayons. And low heat. High heat makes the crayon melt in funny ways, too drippy, too fast!
As you can see from the pictures here, the crayons up top are hardly melted, but the drips have come down pretty far.
As you can see from the side, the pumpkin actually looks pretty cool. The top, however, is a totally different story.
The top was a mess!!!! In retrospect, I would have melted more crayons on the top, perhaps with shavings, to make it not look so thin and gross.
It was a fun craft, my kids enjoyed watching the crayons melt, but none of us were too appreciative of the final result. I think that sanding, smaller crayons and lower heat would have been the solution to our crafting problems!
Have you tried a drippy crayon craft? If so, I would love to see how yours turned out! If you have any secrets to share, please leave me a comment!!