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DIY Christmas Ornaments with Melted Crayons

These DIY Christmas ornaments are made with clear glass ornaments and discarded crayons. They are a super easy DIY ornament project that the you can customize with your favorite colors.

Making homemade ornaments is one of my favorite holiday traditions and every year my DIY Christmas ornament posts are some of the most popular that I share all year!

These gold leaf ornaments and these glitter confetti ornaments from year’s past are a couple of the top ranking posts I’ve ever shared in over a decade of blogging. I love that!

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Obviously that ups the ante though, because each year I love to bring you easy, DIY ornament ideas that add a little joy to your holiday season and a little beauty to your tree.

Inspired by elementary school melted crayon craft projects, but with a decidedly elegant touch, I bring you these stunning melted crayon ornaments!

They may just be one of the easiest ornaments I’ve ever made, easy enough for the kids to help if you them, but they are absolutely gorgeous. Inexpensive, chic and homemade? Now that is my kind of holiday craft!

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Supplies to Make DIY Christmas Ornaments

  • Clear glass ornaments – For this project make sure you pick up clear glass ornaments. The plastic ones that look similar will not work for this project. 
  • Crayons in assorted colors – Choose any colors you like – it’s totally ok to use old broken crayons!
  • Muffin tin with liners – Each ornament will be placed in a muffin liner and then into a muffin tin for baking. That’s how the crayons get warmed and melted.
  • Gold spray paint (optional) – Depending on your color palette and preference, you may wish to spray paint the tops of your ornaments.
  • Ribbon or ornament hangers – Choose a ribbon you love or pick up inexpensive ornament hangers to hang your ornaments when finished.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

How to Make DIY Christmas Ornaments with Crayons

Step 1. Begin by determining what colors you prefer for your ornaments. Virtually any colors you love will work, keeping in mind you’ll want a variety of three to four colors per ornament.

You’ll also want to avoid pairing colors that will meld together and look icky together such as purple and yellow, which are going to result in a very unfavorable shade of brown.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Step 2. Once you have your colors selected you’ll need to peel the wrapper from each crayon. Used or broken crayons also work fine as long as the paper wrapped is removed.

I found it removed easiest by slicing along the length of the paper with a craft knife before unwrapping it, but simply peeling off the paper also works fine.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Step 3. Preheat your oven to 170° F. While it’s heating, cut or break each crayon into roughly half inch pieces and drop six to eight crayon chunks into the bottom of each ornament.

Step 4. Place the ornaments in a muffin tin lined with paper muffin liners, with the open end facing up.

Step 5. Place the muffin pan in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes and in the meantime you can spray paint the tops of your ornaments with several light, thin coats of gold spay paint if you prefer, or you can skip this step and leave them as is.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Step 6. After 20 minutes, start peeking in the oven to see how the crayons are melting. Add more time as necessary, but you want the crayons to be completely melted before you start swirling.

Once they’ve reached the melted point, carefully remove one ornament from the muffin tin, leaving the pan behind in the oven to keep the others warm.

Wearing an oven mitt, carefully handle the ornament as you swirl the melted wax around the inside of the ornament. You’ll have to work fairly quickly as the wax will cool and harden. Pour off the excess wax and set aside to cool before moving onto the next ornament.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Step 7. Once the ornaments have cooled, simply attach an ornament hanger or a length of ribbon to each one and then hang them on your tree!

These beauties would also make gorgeous gifts. Hostess gifts, teacher gifts, you name it! Everyone loves a beautiful homemade ornament this time of year and these are so lovely that hardly anyone would guess they were homemade.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Making DIY Ornaments with Kids

These homemade ornament are perfect to make with kids! They’ll love hanging them on the tree year after year knowing they helped make them.

With this project, remember that the oven will be hot so kids shouldn’t handle the hot ornaments out of the oven. An adult should be the one to swirl the melted crayons and pour out the extra wax.

Kids can help you pick out colors, peel the wrappers and drop the crayon chunks in each ornament. My little one loved helping with this part!

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Looking for More DIY Christmas Ornaments?

Check out these other homemade Christmas ornaments and DIY glass ornaments. Make one, two or a few to add a sweet touch to your holiday home decor.

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Ornaments with Melted Crayons

 

[Art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]

DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

DIY Christmas Ornaments with Melted Crayons

Yield: 1 DIY Christmas ornament
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

These DIY Christmas ornaments are made with clear glass ornaments and crayons. They are a super easy DIY ornament project that the you can customize with your favorite colors.

Materials

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Crayons in assorted colors
  • Muffin tin
  • Paper muffin liners
  • Gold spray paint (optional)
  • Ribbon or ornament hangers

Instructions

  1. Begin by determining what colors you prefer for your ornaments. Virtually any colors you love will work, keeping in mind you’ll want a variety of three to four colors per ornament.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse
  2. Once you have your colors selected you’ll need to peel the wrapper from each crayon. Used or broken crayons also work fine as long as the paper wrapped is removed.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse
  3. Preheat your oven to 170° F. While it’s heating, cut or break each crayon into roughly half inch pieces and drop six to eight crayon chunks into the bottom of each ornament.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse
  4. Place the ornaments in a muffin tin lined with paper muffin liners, with the open end facing up.
  5. Place the muffin pan in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes and in the meantime you can spray paint the tops of your ornaments with several light, thin coats of gold spay paint if you prefer, or you can skip this step and leave them as is.
  6. After 20 minutes, start peeking in the oven to see how the crayons are melting. Add more time as necessary, but you want the crayons to be completely melted before you start swirling.
  7. Once they’ve reached the melted point, carefully remove one ornament from the muffin tin, leaving the pan behind in the oven to keep the others warm.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse
  8. Wearing an oven mitt, carefully handle the ornament as you swirl the melted wax around the inside of the ornament.

    You’ll have to work fairly quickly as the wax will cool and harden. Pour off the excess wax and set aside to cool before moving onto the next ornament.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse
  9. Set the ornaments upside down in a muffin liner to cool and continue to drip off any excess wax.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse
  10. Once the ornaments have cooled, simply attach an ornament hanger or a length of ribbon to each one and then hang them on your tree.

    DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

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Diney

Monday 17th of May 2021

I can't get it to work, it leaves an area that doesn't show the paint it looks glossy. So is it that it didn't melt or it cool down. I don't understand and I have dumped it out and started again and same thing. I know should be easy but I don't understand what I am doing wrong.

Cyd Converse

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Hey Disney! I'd add a few more crayons, maybe you don't have enough wax? And I try to swirl each ornament pretty quickly and leave the rest in the oven to keep the wax warm. I hope this helps!

Laura Reese

Friday 13th of November 2020

This is such a great craft idea. The ornaments turned out fantastic too!

Melissa

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

I love this idea! So much fun to make!

Cyd Converse

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Thanks so much, Melissa! xoxo

Peilin

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Looking for something to give that’s meaningful and fun. These are just gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration !

Cyd Converse

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Aww thanks, Peilin! I appreciate that so much!

Erica

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Hello! These look like so much fun and the end product is simply beautiful. May I ask how they’re holding up? Is any of the wax falling or chipping off inside of the ornaments?

Cyd Converse

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Hi Erica! They are still holding up really well for me! They are really beautiful.

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