Looking through Pinterest I came across countless pins about non-carve pumpkin ideas. I only wish that I had enough time and pumpkins to try them all. After much thought we decided to try the melted crayon pumpkin one. I tried it first just to make sure that it worked well before letting them lose with it. As it happened, we had friends over for a playdate, and our original plan of going out for a walk was ruined by the weather. Instead we decided that decorating pumpkins would be a better activity to do. All of them loved choosing their colours, peeling off the wrapping and off course melting them with the hair dryer. They all decided that it would be far more interesting to stay and watch than go down for lunch!
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To make your own melted crayon pumpkin you will need:
- Pumpkin (this works really nicely on slightly smaller ones)
- Cutting board
- Hair dryer
Score the top of the pumpkin, around the stem, this will make the crayons stick better before you melt them.
Take any wrappers of the crayons and break either into thirds or halves. On one side of the crayon use a knife to slightly flatten the side, again this makes it easier to stick them down. I did try a number of ways to get them to stick including using pins and slightly melting the crayons. I found the glue was the easiest way for children to get them to stay put as the pins generally broke them into bits, and the slightly melted crayons would be too hot for little fingers.
Cover the area that you will be using with paper, as the wax can flick quite far when you melt it.
Using a hair dryer, on the lowest setting, gently melt the crayons. Then change the direction of air to get the streams of wax to move where you would like to create beautiful patterns.
Although this is a non-carve pumpkin, I would like to try carving my design first and then doing this to see how it would turn out.
If you liked this activity then check out my other no carve pumpkin decorating activity: glow in the dark pumpkins.
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