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Melted Crayon Pumpkin Tutorial

Different types of pumpkins

It’s one week until Halloween.  If you are looking for a fun project to do with the kids that’s a little different than the traditional  pumpkin carving–then this is your answer!  These Melted Crayon Pumpkins are super easy and are so cool to create.

The supplies you’ll want are:

  • White or Tiger Striped Pumpkin (or an orange one could work in a pinch–you could even paint it white if you wanted)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Crayon bits (without wrappers!)
  • Hair dryer
  • CTMH All-Purpose Mat 

Step 1 of Melted Crayon Pumpkin


Select your colors of crayons you wish to use.  Figure out if you want it to be a pattern or just random.  Then begin to hot glue each crayon onto the top of the pumpkin around the stem as shown.  I did a pattern using traditional Halloween colors (orange, yellow, white, black and purple.)  Initially, I thought about doing candy corn colors–that could be a lot of fun, too!

Step 2 Melted Crayon Pumpkin


With your hair dryer on low setting, begin to heat up the crayons.  The high setting works super well, but tends to splatter a great deal more!  But if you’re using CTMH’s All-Purpose Mat beneath your pumpkin, you have nothing to worry about as all the wax pops right off!

Heating Melted Crayon Pumpkin

As you continue to heat up the crayons, they begin to drizzle down the sides of the pumpkin.

Heating Melted Crayon Pumpkin

As it really warms up and the crayons are all melting nicely, you’ll find the melted wax will also begin to pool around the stem of the pumpkin, too.

Finished Melted Crayon Pumpkin

It gives it a nice finished touch.

Finished Melted Crayon Pumpkin

As you can see, it’s a relatively easy process.  The only thing to keep in mind is helping the little ones with the hot glue gun and making sure they don’t get burned with the hair dryer as it heats up.  The process will take a little longer with the low setting.  Maybe 20 minutes?  Somewhere about that amount of time.  Again, you could do the high setting to really speed things up.

Final Melted Crayon Pumpkin

But doing it on the low setting also gives you a little more control over the dripping process.  With the high setting, it’s likely that some of the colors will mix together creating less defined colors.  But I have no doubt that that would still look very cool!

Give it a try and leave a comment telling us how it goes.

How to Create Dixie Cup Party Lights

Dixie Cup Party Lights

If you stopped by our Close To My Heart Scrapbook Expo booth in Santa Clara, CA this past August, you would have seen these Dixie Cup Party Lights I made and strung across our booth.  I had every intention of posting instructions (they are really quite simple!) shortly after the event, but life somehow always gets in the way! But I decided it’s better late than never, right?!

Dixie Cup

STEP 1: Gather enough Dixie Cups to cover your strand of lights–plus 1 extra (for the template!)

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How to Make a 4th of July Pinwheel

Happy 4th of July!  How about making a fun and festive pinwheel?!?  The perfect DIY project for the 4th of July (or an average summer day!)

Exotic Flower Pinwheel

The key is to always start with a square.  I used Close To My Heart’s Exotic Flower Hostess Stamp Set (B1477) since it is a perfect square.  To make this project interesting, I decided to use a piece of transparency rather than cardstock.  I stamped the image using Black StazOn ink (Z888.)  Then I flipped the piece over and colored in the image using ShinHan’s Warm Grey (Z2468), Carmine (Z2448) and Marine Blue (Z2458) Markers. Continue reading

End of Soccer Season Gifts

End of Soccer Season Goodie Bag

It’s official, the Fall Soccer Season is over.  Phew, we made it!  I’m excited to have my Saturdays back as well as my Wednesday and Thursday late afternoon/evenings back, too (at least until Spring time!)  My son’s coach asked me if I could make up the End-of-the-Season Gifts for each of the players on the team.  With limited funds and also knowing I hate all the little trinkets my kids get that lay around our house, I was on a mission to try to avoid that.  Initially, I found some great 4″ soccer balls at Target and was so excited because they were CHEAP and looked great–but they only had 2 and I needed 12!  Boo.  Even with the numerous Target stores in our area, I was unable to find enough so plan B…Amazon!  Not quite as cheap (nor as well made!) I found some similar 4″ soccer balls that would fit the bill.

Soccer Wrapped Candy Bar

With the little bit of money I had left over, I decided to get some Hershey’s Chocolate Bars and wrap them up in a stamped candy bar wrapper complete with a foam soccer ball for added dimension.  Needless to say, these were a hit!  One player even referenced the possibility of a golden ticket in the wrapper from Willy Wonka…not something I even thought of, but could be a great idea for future ones for sure!


Party Favor Favorites

Watch this 6-minute video to learn how to make your own perfect party favors using CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection along with the My Acrylix Big Top Stamp set.  You’ll fall in love with these cute and easy ideas!

Blast Off to 2nd Grade Party


Smarties Rocket Candies

I love party themes.  It was so fun to collaborate with my daughter’s 1st grade teacher this year to come up with a party theme for the end of their school year last month.  Because all the kids in the class were so fascinated with space this year (we even had my husband come in and talk to them about the planets and their general questions about space.) I pitched the idea of a space theme…”Blasting off to 2nd grade!

Space Party Table Settings

We started with the basics…plates, cups and napkins all in a space theme. Then we added in some fun astronaut ice cream (1 package per 2 students–just in case some didn’t care for it; which actually did happen!), Tang and other foods families provided that fit the space theme or could travel easily into space.

Space Party Foods

And how cute (and perfect!) are these *NEW* Swirl Trix Cereal?!? Awesome tie in for sure.  And the kids loved their tasty goodness 🙂

Meteorites (Swirl Trix Cereal)

And of course I wanted to make some sort of treat for the kids.  I had the idea to make them little candy rockets and was hoping to use a package of Rolos–thinking I could maybe find them in bulk at Costco–but no such luck.  Given that I had to make over 40 of them (I wanted to make them for my son’s class, too) I didn’t want to spend a fortune in time and money on them.  This meant I had to change strategy.  Mmmh, another candy that could work??  Then while at Target, I saw Smarties.  This could work.  People use Smarties all the time for graduation things, plus it had the right shape to it–only smaller.  So I went with it and hoped for the best.  After all, the kids would just rip into them within seconds to eat them so as long as the general idea came across, I was happy!

Close-up of Smarties Rocket Candies

I used strips of paper that were 3-1/4″ x 2″ to cover the Smarties along with a 1-1/8″ Circle with a slit to overlap to form the tip of the rocket (plus LOTS of Glue Dots!)  I added a little banner on each with “Hey Smartie, it’s time to blast off to 2nd grade!”  The idea came across so in my mind it was a success  🙂

Next week, I’ll share the teacher gifts (slowly, but surely, I’ll get caught up with all that happened last month!)

Pirate Birthday Party Favors

Pirate Bubbles Favor


It’s a Pirate Birthday Party for my twins this year. First of all, I’m shocked that I’m still able to do a joint party–since they are boy/girl twins.  But more shocking to me is that my daughter is the one who chose this year’s theme!  My son was more than happy to go along with the suggestion. 🙂  The party is a few weeks away so I’m still plodding away on preparations for it.  However, tomorrow in school is when they celebrate birthdays for the month.  Since one of their teachers requested non-edible treats, I had to find an alternate plan.  Enter in the Dollar Store.  So many great finds and at the right price, too!  I picked up enough little wedding bubble bottles for 40+ kiddos and got to work.

This is such an easy project–and it can be decorated for any occasion!  Simply cut 1″ x 4″ strips of paper to adhere around the bottles (I used Liquid Glass so that it would really hold.)  Then cut 3/4″ circles to put on the top.  You could go fancier or more layers or whatnot.  But for 1st graders, I think this will do!

Kindergarten Graduation

I know, I know school is just beginning so why the heck am I doing a post about graduation now?  Well, truth be told, the summer just flew by before I could even stop and think about sharing all the great ideas we did at our Kindergarten Graduation Party last spring.  But they were so darn cute that I couldn’t just let them fall to the wayside.

First things first, due to school rules we couldn’t do traditional graduation with caps and such.  So we needed to be creative in our approach to the celebration. We came up with the idea to do a star theme.

Kindergarten Banners And CLassroom Decorations

We started with how to decorate the classrooms.  Each student created a large star by themselves to hang from the ceiling. Together, we made a classroom banner for the front of the room. The kids added their handprints to the Kindergarten banner.

kids star banner


The other Kinder classroom’s take on the idea…


kids congratulation banner


My son’s class didn’t have the large stars hanging from the ceiling because we came up with a different idea.  The teacher had a bunch of paper lanterns she had on hand.  We came up with the idea of making them into adorable hot air balloons to hang from the ceiling!  The kids each painted their paper lantern (carefully!) as well as decorated their “baskets” (biodegradable pots!) with stars I punched out for them.  Then I cut up some clouds and attached everything together with a little banner attached to each basket that said “up, up and away!”

Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloons

Paper Lantern Hot Air Balloon

 Kindergarten Crowns For Our Rising Stars

After we had the decorations taken care of, it was time to think about some proper graduation hats since graduation caps were out of the question.  Again, the 2 classes started with the same basic concept–a star crown–but their end results differed.  For my daughter’s class they took various colors of stars and had the kids write favorite things from the past year on each star–cute, right?!?

Rainbow Star Crown


Since we took time creating the hot air balloons in my son’s class, I made up their crowns by stamping and writing their names in Glitz Glitter Gel.

You're a Star stars

You're a Star Crown

Graduation Bubble Favors

Next was the question of how to weigh down the balloons for the kids (of course the balloons had stars on them!!)  I had previously seen those mini bubble bottles for weddings at the dollar store so the teacher went to buy some.  She bent a little on the “no graduation” theme by getting some graduation specific bubbles.  I, of course, had to decorate the bottles!

She had some awesome constellation wrapping paper…

constellation wrapping paper


which I put to good use!  I cut it into strips and then stamped them…

celebrate bubble bottle wraps

Then I affixed the strips to the bottles and added a drop of Glitz Glitter Gel to the caps and these kindergarten graduation gifts were ready to go!

decorated graduation bubble bottles

Twinkle Twinkle Shining Star Poem

You may have noticed a star badge on my daughter (when I was showing her rainbow star crown.)  I made up these for each of the Kinders to wear.  I found this cute poem that I printed on each of them…

Shining Star Badges


Twinkle Twinkle Shining Star Badge


Using my Cricut Art Philosophy Collection made this SO easy.  Otherwise, I can only imagine the hours I would have spent!!

Bright Shining Photo BootH

And finally, my last project…a fun photo op project–a “bright shining star” photo frame for each of the kids to use with the leftover constellation paper as the background (waste not, want not, right!?!?)

star photo frame


The celebration came together great with families bringing in themed foods to pull the theme all together–cheese cut as stars, star sandwiches, star sugar cookies and Rice Krispies Treats, star fruits, etc.  A very fun and memorable celebration for sure!