Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments

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Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments

We have a great new way to decorate salt dough ornaments!

Big surprise, right? We always seem to be tweaking and experimenting with materials and techniques. This time, I decided to try combining two all-time favorites, melted crayon art and salt dough, thinking they might mix well.

And they do!

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Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments

At the end of the salt dough ornament baking period, we take one ornament at a time out of the oven (per person) and draw on it with crayons. Just as with melted crayon rocks and other melted crayon art, the crayons melt as they glide over the hot surface, leaving a thick and shiny waxy coating of vibrant color.

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Here’s Maia at work, using a set of our push-up crayons and a set of multicultural crayons to decorate some forest animals.

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These are just a few of the ornaments Maia decorated. The animal cookie cutters are a fun set I picked up at Ikea a while back.

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Here’s Maia’s friend Kara at work decorating salt dough ornaments.

Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments -- Tree, Squirrel, Reindeer, and Hedgehog

And some of the ornaments she decorated.

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And here’s Daphne at work.

Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments -- Christmas Tree, Moose, and Heart

And a few of Daphne’s finished ornaments.

On her ornaments, you can see a mix of melted crayon and not-quite melted crayon. She worked a bit slower than the other two, and once the ornaments cool down, the crayon doesn’t melt as readily. You can put the partially finished ornament back into the oven to reheat, but she turned down that idea and was perfectly content to continue drawing on the ornaments as they were.

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I decorated some of the salt dough ornaments, myself, and especially liked how the metallic crayons melted and looked.

Note: We placed our salt dough ornaments on a washcloth to protect the table from the heat and the crayons. The salt dough wasn’t actually that hot (not like the rocks) and we could touch them with our bare hands. The washcloths probably weren’t necessary; a paper plate or a placemat might be plenty—anything you don’t mind getting crayon on.

Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments Decorated with Melted Crayon Art

Besides all the animal ornaments, we also decorated some salt dough snowflake ornaments with the melted crayon technique. Daphne’s is on top, mine are the lacy ones, and Maia used an artful technique of covering the entire ornament with white melted crayon first, then adding a design over the top with blue melted crayon.

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We finally have our Christmas tree up and were able to hang all of our new salt dough ornaments (along with quite a few from years past).

P.S. Basic salt dough recipe and instructions at the end of this post.

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  1. D says

    Question on baking time: so you bake these for 2 hours and then decorate with crayon? I’ve never made the salt dough, but was just looking at your recipe. Great idea!

  2. Kelli says

    This is a really great idea. Just make sure that if you store your Christmas decor in the attic and you live in a place that gets hot (like I do) that you store these ornaments separately from your others (better yet keep them cool inside) or you could ruin the rest of your precious keepsakes!

  3. Dena says

    You have just made my day; the melted crayon rocks were the biggest hit with all the kids so this is right on for us! Thanks so much!

  4. says

    Ohh I love this idea. We love salt dough and have made quite a few Christmas decorations with it in the past few years. I just completed three art classes using salt dough for decorations. I’ve found that you can paint them with liquid watercolours (straight from the bottle not watered down) and sprinkle with glitter before baking. That means they are all done in one sitting and I can give them back the following week. The liquid watercolours come out really bright.
    Love your experimentation – keep up the good work and have a lovely Christmas!!
    Fiona Wood

  5. Tiffany says

    Such a great idea! Just curious, when do you usually find time to sit and do art with your children in your day? I figure once they start school our art time will be few and far between.