I love the idea of Christmas in July! The winter holiday season is always so busy it is hard to get everything done. So this month my children and I spent some time making Christmas crafts and recipes that we never got around to last year. This craft is one we have been meaning to try for a while – melting crayon wax to decorate Christmas ornaments.
The ornaments came out looking very pretty, and will be lovely on our Christmas tree next year. They are fairly easy to make too.
- clear glass Christmas balls
- hair dryer
How to Make:
First you need to peel a bunch of crayons in many different festive colors. We used leftover bits of crayons that we found scattered around the house.
Then we took the top off the glass ornament, and put two or three small bits of crayon inside each ball. We found less crayon wax was better, since it doesn’t take much to coat the inside of the ball. It worked best when we used pieces about 1/2 an inch long. My favorite combination was the orange, yellow and red crayons.
We used the pliers to hold the ornament, and turned on the hair dryer. As the crayon wax melted we turned the ball so that the colors ran together and coated most of the inside of the ball. It really takes two people to do this, one with the hair dryer and one holding the ornament tightly. We broke one ornament by dropping it, so it does take some care!
We found that some crayons melted faster than others, so it took some experimentation to get the best results. Most of the ornaments ended up with one overriding color with some swirly highlights. But even the ones that didn’t come out exactly as be pictured them looked pretty, and they were lots of fun to make!