One of my favorite activities to do every year with the kids is to make ornaments for the tree. Every year we try to do something a little different and for the second year we have teamed up with a fantastic group of kid bloggers to bring you amazing ornaments inspired by favorite children’s books. Crafts inspired by books are just so fun and a wonderful way to bring the story to life.
Last year we crafted Grinch’s Heart ornaments after reading my own childhood favorite story; How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This year we decided to take a different route and instead of choosing an ornament based off of a Christmas book we chose one of my children’s favorite stories – “The Day the Crayon’s Quit.”
The Day the Crayon’s Quit is a fun little book about a little boy that just wants to color but opens his crayon box to find all of the crayons have had enough and quit. The box is full of letters with humorous accounts of why they have quit and the little boy must find how to get them back to work.
In the spirit of finding a way to get the crayons back to work we took our own crayons that have quit and put them to use to make our Crayon melt Christmas Ornaments! I dug to the bottom of our box of crayons and found all the broken pieces that don’t get used anymore and we turned them into a beautiful work of art.
Crayon Melt Christmas Ornaments
- Clear GLASS craft ornaments
- Crayon pieces
- low temp glue gun
- hair dryer
Unwrap your crayons and cut into small pieces – smaller pieces for smaller ornaments, larger pieces for larger ornaments.
Remove the silver hanger to the ornament
Add small dots of glue around the top of the ornament and attach crayon pieces.
Using a hair dryer, slowly melt the crayons and let the wax slide down the side of the ornament. Let dry completely
Reattached the silver hanger to the top of ornament.
Top with ribbon to hang.
A few tips:
- This is not a project for the tiny tots, unless it is getting them involved with unwrapping the crayons.
- Use a low temp glue gun and be sure to supervise – or add the glue yourself, then allow children to place the crayons.
- Be sure you use GLASS ornaments, plastic will melt with the crayons.
- This project gets hot and messy – I recommend placing the ornament on the cardboard carrier while you melt the crayons. Also, melt slowly.
Looking for more kid made ornaments? Check out these amazing ornaments and their accompanying story books.