The other day I was running around like a crazy person. My to do list was a mile long, I was skipping meals (not intentionally, but who has time to eat when they should be creating?!) so I has a hangry monster and my kids weren’t excited to make things with me #keepingitreal. Then, my inner self gave me a good slap across the face and reminded me why I was doing these things in the first place … to have fun, be creative and bond with my children!
I immediately dropped all my other projects and got out something fun and messy for the kids and I to do. I picked up some fillable ornaments awhile ago at the craft store when they were 70% off, but never really had any big plans for them. Well the other day that changed and the kids I got busy having fun together with no strings attached. We made some fun ornaments for the tree, using crayon shavings!
Materials + Supplies
- Fillable Ornaments
- Pencil Sharpener
- Hair Dryer
- Parchment Paper
- Peel the paper off the crayons, either half way or all the way. You don’t want any paper mixed in with the wax. Sharpen the crayons, collecting the shavings on the parchment paper. Try to choose colors that are beside each other on the color wheel (analogous colors), like blue, turquoise + green. If you choose not to do this, you will end up with a brown mess once you melt the wax (we learned the hard way, hello blue + orange!).
- Put the shavings into the ornaments, a little goes a long way so you don’t need much. Secure the top of the ornament back on.
3. Using a hair dryer on low, start to melt the wax shavings in the ornament. Be sure to continuously turn the ornament, so that the wax coats the inside. If your turn it too fast or too much, the colors just mix into one, but if you go slow you’ll end up with a swirl of colors. If using plastic ornaments like us, do not leave the hair dryer in one spot too long, or you’ll melt the ornament too (again, we found that out the hard way).
Who knew crayons could make such a mess??! Good thing it was a pretty, colorful mess!
The ornaments turned out beautifully and the kids had fun making them, which is all that matters! Creating without a set outcome and with no strings attached is such a freeing thing. It was great to reset and to refocus on why I love creating in the first place, and now we have these pretty ornaments too!