Garden Moments: Making a Crayon Dipped Pumpkin

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Making a Crayon Dipped Pumpkin

Put away those knives and break out the crayons and start decorating those pumpkins for Halloween.

Create a multicolored pumpkin to add a unique and colorful flare to your fall décor. All you need are some crayons, glue, a hairdryer and of course a real or faux pumpkin.

Cover your workspace with plastic to keep things clean. Wipe the surface of the pumpkin clean and allow to it to dry, before you start decorating. Remove the labels from the crayons and break them in half.

Glue the crayons to the top of the pumpkin to prevent them from rolling off the pumpkin while you work. Butt one end of the crayon against the pumpkin’s stem and the other end pointing away from the center.  

Use your hair dryer to melt the crayons so they’ll drip down the side of the pumpkin creating a colorful waxy covering.

A high heat setting will speed up the process but may make a bigger mess by splashing the melted wax.

A bit more information: Make your pumpkin into a fall planter. Carve out the center and set a pot of pansies, ornamental peppers or a mum inside.

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About Melinda Myers
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S.  Myers is also the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series.  Melinda writes a regular column for Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. She also writes the twice monthly Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She’s the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening checklists and more.

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