Ditch the mass produced plastic Halloween decorations this year! This eco-friendly and non-toxic Halloween craft is so fun and easy to make! These versatile decorations can be made into Halloween tree ornaments or turned into a not so spooky garland for fall.
We made a Christmas version of these beeswax ornaments last winter and they turned out so beautiful, that I knew we had to try them again for other holidays!
Ready to make some Halloween tree ornaments? Here’s what you’ll need….
Supplies for the Halloween Tree Ornaments:
- Beeswax– I like this brand of yellow pellets.
- Mini Crock pot– I have a mini crock pot designated for beeswax crafts! We use beeswax quite a bit, so when we are done using it I just let it harden in the Crock Pot and save it for another day. This seems to be the perfect size for all of my beeswax crafts. I don’t suggest using one that is bigger because you will need to use A LOT of beeswax to fill it up. I purchased my Crock Pot at a second hand store, but it is also available on Amazon. If you don’t want to invest in a Crock Pot, many people use a double boiler for this craft.
- Something to help pour the beeswax. We designated a metal measuring cup for beeswax activities.
- Hangers or string
- Silicone molds, here are a few that I purchased and would be fun for fall or Halloween- pumpkins/bats/cats/ghosts and more, crescent moon and wolf, forest animals and mushrooms (These are REALLY small, but a few of them worked) The fun thing about molds is you can choose whatever figures you want depending upon the time of year and your interests.
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Here’s How We Made Our Halloween Tree Ornaments:
First melt your beeswax. I like using a Crock Pot for this craft because it’s safer than on the stovetop and I feel more comfortable with my boys helping!
Once your beeswax is melted, ladle the liquid into the molds. Be careful, the beeswax is very warm! My boys are comfortable working with beeswax because we use it so often and I’m always right there with them.
Don’t worry if you spill beeswax on your silicone tray because you can easily pick it off after it dries. Remember to toss it back in your Crock Pot! It will melt back with the rest of the beeswax the next time you use it.
Let your beeswax dry for about 3-5 minutes. Just enough that it changes colors and the top layer is dry. Then gently poke your hanger or string through the beeswax about halfway into the mold. Don’t poke it through to the other side!
Let the beeswax dry for another 30 minutes or so. At this point, you should be able to pop them out and flip them over to dry a bit longer.
Now that we have our ornaments, we need to make our Halloween tree! They are easy to make and will get you and your family outside. Just collect small branches from your yard, put them in a mason jar, and hang the ornaments on the branches.
Or we are thinking about hanging them on twine to make a not so spooky garland! I might wrap fairy lights around the garland because light brings out the beautiful detail in the beeswax! Just remember, don’t put them near a fireplace or anywhere hot because they will melt. Enjoy!
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I hope you try making these Halloween tree ornaments soon! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this beeswax craft as much as my boys.