Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bloody Halloween Decorations Using Crayon Pieces

Last week, my daughter and I worked on melting crayon remnants in order to make new, cool-shaped crayons. However, I did not have one of my molds properly sealed, so we had a little melted crayon accident. Fail! However, I did think of a cool Halloween idea using the crayon remnants. I happened to have a number of glass Christmas crafting ornaments around. So, I thought that they would be cool with some "crayon blood" dripping down. We have a spooky ghost garland hanging in one of our rooms, so I thought that these balls would add some more spookiness.

Here is a peek:






To create my "bloody" decoration, I preheated our oven to 250 F. Then, I broke up our red crayon remnants and added a touch of orange. I placed the pieces into a glass dish.



 I placed the glass dish onto a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Once the oven was ready, I placed the dish on the sheet into the oven. I left it in the oven for 15 minutes. While the crayon was melting, I removed the caps from the ornaments and stuffed the holes with a little paper towel to prevent crayon from getting inside. I kept the balls in the plastic tray they were packaged for adding my "blood."


After 15 minutes, most of the crayon was melted. I stirred the mixture with a toothpick to get the rest to melt. (Be sure you are using oven mitts to handle the dish!)







Still sporting the oven mitts, I poured the mixture onto the glass balls in little streams to look like drops of blood.  The beauty of crayon--it cools quickly! Once it was cool, I was able to pull the extra crayon drops from the tray and re-melt for more "blood!"



Once the ornaments were finished, I put the caps back on and added some red ribbon to use for hanging the ornaments. Easy, cute, and a way to add a little more "Halloween" to our decor!

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