I saw a fabulous tutorial for floating clouds recently and it sparked something in my mind, particularly as I had been thinking of making these autumn leaves with The Girls. It’s amazing how two ideas, viewed together, generate a new idea in your head, one that is so easy and effective that it’s thoroughly enjoyable to make. This is how this Pumpkin craft was born. And here’s how to make wax crayon pumpkins:
First, grate your crayons: we used two oranges with a touch of brown and yellow.
Second, heat your oven to 120C* and lay protective cover over your baking tray (either foil or more baking paper.)
Lay your wax jam discs on top, well spaced, with the waxy side facing up.
Place a small spoonful of wax gratings on top
Bake in the oven for a few minutes until melted.
Take out and cover your melted wax with a second disc, this one with the waxy side facing down.
Leave to cool, then decorate your pumpkins with permanent marker.
I haven’t worked out what we are going to use these for yet, to be honest. You could string them together either as a garland, or mobile: they look particularly pretty and colourful in front of the light so would work well as suncatchers.
* you could also make these using an iron to heat your wax- just sandwich your gratings between the wax paper discs- both with the waxy side facing in towards the wax shavings- and iron carefully until melted. Probably best to cover the wax circles with a piece of newspaper whilst ironing, so that the melted wax doesn’t ooze out and mess up the hotplate of your iron. Not that I would know….