DIY Crayon Drip Holiday Ornaments

With the success of my crayon pumpkin this year, I thought I’d have fun with some DIY crayon Christmas crafts this weekend!  I’ll share some more throughout the week, but this was my most successful one…Crayon drip glass ornaments!  I absolutely love how watercolory and colorful these ornaments turned out and they are SO easy to make. They really only take three things to create.  I’m serious!  Here’s how you make them!

Here’s the video I made for this project:

What you need:Clear glass ornaments (you can purchase for cheap via Amazon now)(I bought mine at Michaels, please avoid plastic kind as they could melt)
– crayons (great deals here)
– mini craft knife
protective surface cover or newspaper
– embellishments as desired
Before you begin:  Prepare your area with protective plastic (I used garbage bags) or newspaper.  Even though this is a little bit less messy than other crayon crafts, you don’t want the chance of your carpet, table, etc ending up spattered with crayon drippings!
1. I started off by using my craft knife and fingernails to rip off the labels on the crayons.  This is the hardest part of the process. Good thing, cause I get impatient!
2. Remove the stem from the glass ornaments carefully. Now cut or break small chunks of your crayon and drop them in. I chose to do no more than 3-4 colors at a time, but feel free to experiment with more or less!
3. With your hair dryer setting on high, blast the heat on the ornament. I found I could handle the ornament if I didn’t hold the heat too long in one spot. I twirled the ornament as they dripped with my hand. Sometimes the crayons were uncontrollable.  That’s the beauty of this project, it creates abstract drips…you just have to go with it!
4. I chose to stop before my crayon was absolutely covered on the inside. I liked the transparent and scratch effect the crayon wax had with the glass, as you can see in the example above.  When you are satisfied, shake or heat the crayons up so they’ll go out the opening.
That’s it! You can add a bow or sparkle to the outside if you wish.  These would be pretty on a tree, on a gift, or in a glass bowl for a pretty display! Here’s some more pics of my finished creations!
I love projects like this, cause it forces me out of my design brain and gets me more into abstract art territory!
Check out my other fun holiday ornament projects! If you love this project, then sign up for my NEWSLETTER where I share lots of DIY and creative fun.
Looking for a crafty gift for your fave teen/tween in your life?  Check out my crafty gift guide here.



  1. says

    You genius you.

    I am totally going to do this. In pink. I might use oil pastels so I don’t have to be as patient with the hairdryer and the paper peeling. Yeah!

  2. says

    This is such a cool idea!! The only thing I’d worry about is the wire from the top scratching the wax off the inside but I’m thinking a quick coat of clear sealer after the crayons would take care of that..Off to try it myself! Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  3. Anonymous says

    This is AWESOME! My 10-year-old has a drawer FULL of crayons. I told him he had to come up with his own Christmas presents for family this year, I think this will fit the bill nicely 🙂

  4. Anonymous says

    Awesome idea! I have some clear ornaments I bought last year I was planning to paint. I hadn’t thought to use crayons to decorate them but after reading this, I’m going to give it a try.

  5. says

    Do you think I could use an embossing heat gun rather than a hair dryer or is that too hot (will it melt the glass?)? Fantastic idea! Thank you!!!!

  6. Anonymous says

    I tried this with my kids the other day. My crayons wouldn’t melt! I had hold my ornament with tongs because I was blasting the hair dryer so long at it. They had the “cheap” crayons. Trying one more time with a different brand.

  7. says

    I also just tried this with off-brand crayons (Craz-Art) and while it worked and they look awesome, all of the colors mixed together. I used shades of blue and purple and pink in one and it came out all dark purple, and I used green, orange,and yellow in the other and it came out all rust colored. I might try the rest with Crayola and see if it makes a difference.

  8. Anonymous says

    Absolutely loved making these, you must use tongs and crayons crayons! I used red, gold, silver, white, different greens, and even some yellow.all in separate ornaments with no more than two colors per. I found I used too big of chunks, I would say if you are wanting more than two colors no more than 1/4 inch of a crayon should do. Mine are gorgeous and they will look so nice on my tree! Thanks!

  9. Anonymous says

    My son and I just made these to give as gifts to his grandparents and teachers! Simple, quick and great results.

  10. says

    Found you via Dollar Store Crafts. These are beautiful! They look like something you’d pay big bucks for at a craft fair. Great job! Totally pinning/stealing this. 🙂

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  11. says

    I pinned this last week, and as of a few minutes ago, 233 people have repinned it from my pinterest page. I don’t have all that many followers, so a lot of people are liking this idea!
    Just thought you might like to know.

  12. says

    Followed the link from Dollar Store Crafts. These turned out lovely and are quite simple. I would think doing too many colors at once would make the colors turn muddy, stopping at 3-4 like you did seems about perfect. Great idea, I never would have thought to do this!

  13. says

    These are fantastic! I love the abstract quality to them and how you’re never sure how it will turn out. It’s like making a fun surprise!!

  14. says

    Wow, this is actually really simple! I’ll defs try this to make a present for my mom and brother for Christmas (since crayons are cheap~)

  15. says

    They look amazing! I’m especially taken with the blue/purples ones, but they are all great. I assumed for tthe tree but you’re right – a bowl of them would be very pretty, too.

    As soon as I can find some glass ornaments, I’m going to give this a go!

  16. Natalie says

    Cool! I would try silvers and golds?!? I’m going to try and make these for the school’s Christmas sale!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *