When I think about Halloween, the traditional colors come to mind. You know. Orange, black and white. Maybe a little purple thrown in sometimes.
Although this might be considered traditional, sometimes you need to embrace the unexpected. Especially around the holidays.
That’s where these mini rainbow melted crayon pumpkins come in. They are rainbow through and through. When you melt the crayons, the white pumpkin serves as a blank canvas for all of the color to pop right off of.
Over the years, I have become a huge fan of no carve pumpkins. Sometimes they are just easier than carving a jack o’lantern. You can add polka dots, glue on smiley faces or even melt crayons. And each idea creates a unique pumpkin look.
Although you miss out of roasting the pumpkin seeds, it can be simpler to decorate and last longer on display. Both pluses for Halloween crafting.
Do I Need to Use Mini Pumpkins?
I am a huge fan of mini pumpkins because I think they are absolutely adorable. Those Jack B Littles are some of the cutest pumpkins around. I mean their name says it all.
Although you can use bigger white pumpkins for this craft project, the smaller ones are really fun to work with. They also make the project easier to do with a group.
What is the Best Age Group to Make Mini Rainbow Melted Crayon Pumpkins?
Although I am always encouraging littles to get involved with craft projects on this blog, these Mini Rainbow Melted Crayon Pumpkins are probably best for the older tween, teen and adult crowd.
First, I recommend using a glue gun to attach the crayons to the pumpkins. Although you can use a low temp glue gun created with kids in mind (and adults like me who tend to hurt themselves on super hot melted glue), it’s still a glue gun.
Also, you use a hair dryer to melt the crayons. The wax can be hotter and splatter a little during the melting process. And no one wants to get melted wax on them. (Although I see some kids enjoying the process of peeling it off of themselves…)
Due to these things, this craft is definitely better for an older crowd.
How Do I Peel Crayons?
As my experience with making my own crayons as party favors has increased, so has my ability for peeling wrappers off of crayons. I’ve been trying different techniques and think that I finally have the secret down. Here are some tips for making crayon wrapper peeling much easier.
- Start with newer crayons. Although I am a fan of recycling crayons for crayon crafts, the wrappers tend to stick much more as crayons age. It’s almost like the wrapper melts into the crayon. Maybe it does if it finds some heat. For this craft, use newer crayons. I always stock up for our year’s crayon crafts at back to school sales. They are the cheapest then. Or purchase them in bulk so you have a good variety and supply on hand. (affiliate)
- Peel up the entire edge of the crayon. I found when I pulled up the edge of the wrappers, they would unravel right away. This wasn’t always the case, but it was about 90% of the time.
- If you get stuck, you can carefully scrape off sections of the wrapper. Sometimes the crayon wrapper won’t come off. If you peel sections around, eventually you can remove it.
- Don’t use an Exacto knife. I have seen other bloggers recommend using a craft knife to cut off the wrapper. I found this process somewhat dangerous and it didn’t work. The wrapper wasn’t removed any more easily and, instead, I almost sliced my finger open.
Don’t want to peel the crayons? Peeling the wrappers off of the crayons is an extra step to doing this craft. But this can be a tedious process – especially if you’re making this craft with a group. Luckily, there are people out there willing to take the wrappers off for you. You can find a favorite crayon supplier here. (affiliate)
Do I have to Use Rainbow Colors?
The coolest part about these mini melted crayon pumpkins is that you can make them any color combination that you wish. I love how all of the bright rainbow colors pop together. But you can definitely choose a more traditional Halloween color palette. Or even try another color combination that will match your space better.
How to Make Mini Rainbow Melted Crayon Pumpkins
You Will Need:
Mini Pumpkins (however many you want to make)
Assortment of Crayons (with no wrappers and broken into two or three pieces) (affiliate)
Glue Gun (affiliate)
Clear Glue Sticks (affiliate)
Box or newspaper for melting
1. Prepare the materials for your melted crayon pumpkins. If you haven’t already, remove the crayon wrappers (see note above).
2. Choose an assortment of crayons to use for your pumpkin. I used one crayon for each of the pumpkin’s grooves.
Pick the first crayon and hot glue it to the top of the pumpkin (near the stem).
3. Then, glue the next crayon on the pumpkin. Continue around the pumpkin until you have one crayon for each groove.
Do the length of the crayons matter? I made these melted crayon pumpkins using both longer and shorter crayons. I found that I liked the results of the longer crayons. The colors mixed less and kept their vibrancy more.
4. Once all of the crayons are attached, it’s time for MELTING! Set the hair dryer for hot heat on high. Then, blow the hair dryer over the crayons moving it back and forth.
Over time, the crayons will start to melt. Continue the melting process until you are happy with the final look.
5. Let the wax cool. Once hardened, your pumpkin is ready for display.
Can I Make these Melted Crayon Pumpkins with a Group?
As with most crafts that I share, these Mini Rainbow Crayon Pumpkins would make a great group activity for older kids. Thinking a teen or tween gathering. Use them as an activity at your Halloween party or scout troop gathering.
When planning, make sure you have enough glue guns and hair dryers. Although participants can share, you will need a couple of each so the craft doesn’t take too long.
Also, lay down newspapers on your surface before beginning. When melting the crayons, splatters (really cool ones) can occur. It’s a good idea to protect tabletops so you don’t ruin them with melted wax.
Make sure you have plenty of crayons. Purchase them in bulk to ensure that there are lots of colors for everyone to choose from. (affiliate)
For the peeling of crayon wrappers, enlist help. Ask party guests to peel a couple of crayons when they arrive. Or order some peeled crayons in bulk so you have a good assortment to choose from when decorating your pumpkins. (affiliate)
Do You Have Other Halloween Craft Ideas?
We love making things for Halloween. Check out some of our favorite Halloween crafts here.
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