Crayon Christmas ornaments

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Since my Christmas board is the board I pin to most frequently these days, I thought I’d try another Christmas craft.

We decorate these ornaments, using paint, with the kids at work. It’s an easy craft that always turns out. But awhile ago I pinned this…the same idea as the paint, but it uses broken crayon pieces instead.

You need glass ball ornaments, crayons, a hairdryer, knife to cut crayons. And having a pair of gloves could be useful!

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Choose your colors…

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Take the paper off the crayons and cut into pieces:

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It’s recommended to use 4 or 5 pieces of crayon in each ornament.

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Now you hold the ornament with one hand, and hold the hairdryer in the other hand, directly underneath the crayon pieces, to melt the wax. It takes a minute for the wax to start to melt. Swirl the wax around to make designs or to cover the inside of the ball completely (this is what I did). I wore knitted gloves to hold the ornament, which helped as the heat from the hairdryer makes the ornament hot to touch.

Finished product:

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I wish I had bought an extra box of ornaments…next time, I would experiment with the different colors. I would also make some with just a stripe or two of wax swirled on the inside.

What is your favorite Christmas craft?

Beer Advent Calendar

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Although I have no shortage of ideas to attempt from my 2K+ pins on my boards, this project wasn’t actually inspired by Pinterest. With that said, it’s the kind of idea that seems like something I would find on Pinterest, plus I’m betting if I were to do a search, I would find versions of it on Pinterest, and if not, I think there should be 🙂

The inspiration was from a friend who posted to FB a picture of a beer advent calendar she was given. …A random collection of craft beers, each one different. J thought it was the coolest thing. Since his birthday was at the end of November, it was perfect timing for a birthday gift. I checked, but the version my friend had was sold out in less than 2 days. Instead of giving up, I created my own version.

I shopped for 24 unique individual beers. Trader Joe’s was a great source, since you can pick and choose any of their beers and buy any bottle as a solo. They even provide empty 6-pack holders so you can create your own customized pack of 6.

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I used an empty beer case to package the 24 unique bottles, wrapped it up with gift wrap, and wrote a unique number overtop  each bottle in random positions around the case, and voila – a Beer Advent Calendar.

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J thinks it’s pretty cool, and for fun he’s keeping track of how many of the beers he’s being introduced to for the first time.