I love to ‘waste’ time on Pinterest or Etsy looking at all the DIY and Craft projects – and often find myself saying, “I could do that” So once again here is my attempt at recreating a DIY/Etsy project.
Perhaps you have seen the melted crayon art works? Well, this is my attempt at doing this with several young people. My first venture was with my nephew, who is autistic. When he visits for the weekend, I always like to do some FUN things and we ALWAYS take lots of pictures. This project was fun and fairly easy.
Art canvas board. You can use any size. I prefer the stretched canvas ones versus the thin board ones. For the younger kids, a smaller board works better, their attention span is not as long :).
Box of crayons – or all the left overs you can find. It’s OK to use ‘gently used’ ones. Just make sure there is some kind of tip left on the crayon. I used one box of 108 plus a few extras. Hint- I found that Crayola crayons melted much better than the Walmart store brand. The wax was thicker and the colors richer.
Glue. I used a hot glue gun, since it holds well and takes no time to dry. All glue guns need to be used with supervision for those under 12. My favorite glue gun is one that is cordless – it heats up in its stand.
Heat source. I own a heating gun and we used it, since it produces more heat quickly. You can use a regular hair dryer also.
Assemble your selected crayons. Here is where the inner creative ‘child’ can come out. I asked Garon what colors he would like and he chose to do a rainbow. My 3 year old friend, Nora, only wanted to use girl colors. The choice is yours. Make sure there are enough to cover the entire edge of the canvas.
You can chose to glue down the crayons with or without the paper wrappers. Without the paper, the crayons will melt much faster and look a little more lumpy than with the paper in tact.
Glue the crayons down. I suggest putting the glue down for about 5 crayons and then adding those before adding more glue. Remember to square the crayons up with the top edge. Also, at this point decide which side of the crayon wrapper you want on the top. Lining up perfectly is not the object, but for Garon…he wanted Crayola to show!
Lay your canvas on a large piece of scrap paper. There will be splatters and run away crayon wax!
Begin the melting process. Start at the bottom and aim the heat source at 4-5 crayons. Once they get shiny and start melting move on to the next set. Kids want immediate result, so if you are doing it with kids, start with the tips. If you are doing it yourself, start at the top edge of the crayons and move the heat source from side to side across the entire board.
Direct the melt. Hold your board at an angle and melt so the crayons begin rolling down the board. If you get the heat source too close to the melting crayon, it will splatter. Lower the board if the wax starts rolling too quickly. The slower you melt, the thicker the wax lines.
After you achieve your desired finished look, lay flat to dry. Do not bend the canvas or the wax will break up.
Hang and enjoy your art work!