11/11/12

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 (I bought mine at Michaels, please avoid plastic kind as they could melt)
– crayons (great deals here)
– mini craft knife
– protective plastic or newspaper
– hair dryer
– 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!




1. Galaxy Ornament

2. Photo ornaments

3. Glow ornaments

4. Googly ornament


Until next time Swellions!
Alexa

47 comments:

Rhonda Van Ginkel said...

Ok, these are amazing! I love the look of these and what a super fun project too!!!

Genius! ... and I'm a new follower too. : )

Anonymous said...

Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

Liz Robertson said...

Love this. I think my grand daughter can do this.

PEACHES said...

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!

Lisa said...

Those are so cool!

Katie said...

WOWZER! Great idea!

truebluemeandyou said...

Love this idea!!!! To me this is so much more fun than paint. Posting a photo and link back to your tutorial on my Holiday Blog.

Steph @ The Silly Pearl said...

Alexa, these are awesome!

Lyndsay said...

Absolutely love these! Can't wait to make them with my 3 year old daughter. Awesome! Quick question: where's a good local place to get clear bulbs?

Lyndsay said...

Scratch my question. Just saw you got them at michaels! Thanks!

AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog said...

These look amazing. Cant wait to try this!
xx Tanya
http://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com.au/

Erin Spain said...

Very cute! What a great idea.

-Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

Lori Allred said...

You know I'm a big fan and absolutely love this idea! Thanks for sharing your creative genius!!

Christina Leigh said...

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!! :)

hidee said...

I like this but would like to add personalizing them on the outside would be great. Might try.

hidee said...

I like this but would like to add personalizing them on the outside would be great. Might try.

Anonymous said...

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 :)

Anonymous said...

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.

CSG said...

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!!!!

Suzanne said...

Excellent idea. I have soaked my crayon labels off in water. That makes removing the labels a lot easier. :)

Anonymous said...

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.

Daniela Dobson said...

What a great idea. How long did it take for crayons to melt?

little.birdy said...

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.

What to do with the children said...

Love this idea can't wait to try it :-)

4321Teach said...

What a great idea! Melted crayon ideas are everywhere. This one seems very easy!

EmilyK

Time For Play said...

Just a FYI, if you soak the crayons in water, the wrapper come right off! Makes these types of projects loads easier!,

Anonymous said...

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!

Carissa Bonham said...

i saw three before i realized they were yours and totally thought 'this looks like something Alexa would do'

Anonymous said...

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

Mrs. Great Indoors said...

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

janmadeit said...

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.
Jan

Elisabetta said...

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!

Holly said...

I LOVE these! You have such amazing and EASY ideas! I just posted our crayon ornaments on my blog and linked to you! I've also got glow paint and we'll be making some of those soon.

http://hollysartcorner.blogspot.com/2012/12/handmade-holiday-melted-crayon-ornaments.html

I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Erica said...

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!!

Sara Max said...

Hi! I featured you amazing tutorial on my blog! I hope you're glad!:) Many thanks for sharing it! http://fioridiflowerland.blogspot.it/2012/12/8-beautiful-diy-for-your-holiday.html

Kim said...

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~)

The Tree Topper said...

This is a brilliant idea and perfect for kids to do. You selected great color combinations!

Jennifer said...

This is a great idea to use leftover ornaments from last year and random crayons around the house!

Marya said...

Thanks so much for sharing - I LOVE it! We've linked up to you in our post "Clear Ornament Inspiration."
http://youpinspireme.blogspot.ca/2012/12/clear-ornament-inspiration.html

GreenCat said...

I saw this on pinterest and followed the link. It's amazing.. it made me go.. where is the subscribe button haha

kimira said...

Its a very nice idea. Thanks

Santa's Letter Elf said...

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!

Rod Lucas said...

I think it's really fun what you have done with these glass christmas ornaments. It was a very creative and cleaver idea. It really makes them look much better than just the plain clear class I think.

Cuttysark said...

Thanks for the idea, i love your christmas decors.

Cheers and hugs,

Cathy
Christmas Decorations

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JeniC said...

Trying this today with my son. He picked the colors for each bulb and I did the hair dryer magic part... I can not get my crayola crayons to melt!!!!!!

Breila said...

Loved this idea! I am a Pagan, and made a set of elemental ornaments for my coven members: red, yellow, green, blue and purple (fire, air, earth, water and spirit). Learned a valuable lesson, too: CRAYOLA all the way! Gotta use the real thing if you want the beautiful vibrant colors and effects like in your photos. Thanks for a wonderful project!

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