Last week I was talking to Mary over at Living a Sunshine Life and she mentioned that her and a friend were going to do Girls Night (or day) once a month to get together and have fun with NO kids. I decided I want to do the same thing, unfortunately she lives sooo far away from me. That’s when I called on Amber at From Crazy Town with Love, who has been my best friend since high school. We decided that since I am a SAHM and she always has 1 weekday off of work, that we would do a Girls Day In once a week.
So we started talking about what we wanted to do, decided baking was a must of course and crafts too. See Amber is REALLY good at both and as my name suggests, I am the Uncreative one and could use all the help I can get. Then as I was surfing Pinterest looking for ideas of stuff we could do, I had an AHA moment and thought, “Hey, we could do a Pinterest Win or Fail project each week”. So it was decided, but we still needed to choose a Pinterest activity to do for the project so I called upon Mary’s infinite wisdom to help us decide.
Mary was definitely on board with this so that she could be just a little evil, in fact I could hear her evil cackle over the internet. She challenged us to do a Melted Crayon art project to go with her Homemade Alphabet Crayons that she made for her daughters. BTW, an added bonus is that her youngest and I share the name Lena and our birthdays are SOOO close together, its crazy cool!! I haven’t met many Lena’s so it definitely is a treat.
So Amber and I started looking at all the different melted crayon projects on Pinterest and decided that since it is almost Christmas, we would try out Melted Crayon Ornaments. Then it was just a matter of getting all of the supplies together for our day.
Amber went to Wally World and picked up 2 boxes of 8 glass ornaments for $5 each, a box of 64 crayons for $2 (Gavin would kill me if I used up his) and brought over some pretty glitter too!! Now, we never actually read any of the tutorials for HOW to do the ornaments, as we wanted to play it by ear. I suggested we get a cheap cheese grater to use JUST for crafts and use it to grate the crayons. That was kind of a mistake.
First of all, the grate holes are a little larger than the crayons so I ended up scraping my knuckles a few times before I tried out the zesting side. That “worked” but the shavings were a little TOO small. Then Amber showed me that it would be easier, albeit more time consuming, to use a butter knife to shave them.
I chose to use teal, red and yellow for my ornament to play homage to my blog and in hindsight, I wish I had chosen better colors because while I think they look great on my blog, they really aren’t that great in an ornament.
Once we were done shaving the crayons, we sprinkled them into the ornaments and then sprinkled in some matching glitter as well. Then came the hard part (I say hard because it was hard on my poor fingers), heating up the crayons to melt.
Simply focus a hair dryer on the ornament turning every 10 seconds or so until you have fully covered the ornament. Words of warning though, number one, make sure you have enough shavings, in fact, have MORE than you need JUST IN CASE, and number two, don’t heat the same area for too long. When you do that, as I did, it ends up a runny discolored mess and the shavings can actually start to burn. Then it’s not all that pretty.
As it turns out, Amber ended up winning and I ended up losing this Pinterest project, curses Amber!! Want to see
the brat’s Amber’s ornament? It’s a beautiful purply glitter one that will look great on a tree! I still have 7 more ornaments to decorate, any ideas? Would love some suggestions and if I do your suggestion, I will mention you in the post (if you are a blogger too, I will link to you)!!!