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?

Christmas Photo booth Props

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I’ve been into photography for years…from capturing vacations and holidays, to landscapes and candid moments. It’s my favorite keepsake and art form.

There’s a trend now of having photo booths at events…love this idea! And I also love the idea of making your own photo booth with backdrops and props. Earlier this fall I bought a photo booth props kit at Wal-mart for $5 and brought it in to work for the kids to use. It was lots of fun!

Now that Christmas is approaching, I thought it would be fun to have Christmas props. Here was the initial Pinspiration. I’m not a drawer so I searched Pinterest for a pattern and found someone who had also been inspired by the previous pin and had sketched the props.

Here are our props. I made them using the same card stock I use for scrapbooking:

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Added glitter to the reindeer noses and party hats for a bit of sparkle:

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And created a small backdrop with material from the dollar store:

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The kids had fun with the props during our first photo shoot and I’m sure we’ll use them more as Christmas gets closer.