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This is an easy, straightforward project that delivers a lot of graphic impact for not very much effort. Seriously, the hardest part is unwrapping all the crayons.

You will need:
a blank canvas
crayons, new or old (I needed about 60-70 for my 16" x 20" canvas)
a utility or exacto knife (optional, for peeling the crayons)
hot glue gun
heat tool or a hair dryer with a diffuser or low blower setting
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Step 1: Prep the Canvas

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First cover your work surface in newspaper.

Then decide what kind of color spectrum you are going to do. Remember you don't have to do just a rainbow. You could do only cool colors, only warm colors, a random assortment, big stripes, etc.

Take the wrappers off all the crayons you're going to use. A quick and easy way to do this is to slit each wrapper with a utility knife. It will then just peel right off.

Next lay out your crayons along the top edge of your canvas until you like how the sequence of colors looks.

Then hot glue each one down right next to one another with the tops flush to the top of the canvas.

Step 2: Melt!

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Once all your crayons are glued down, prop your canvas up at a gentle angle. I used a glass of water. Make sure the bottom edge is over your newspaper.

Turn on your heat tool or hair dryer. If you're using a hair dryer, you'll need to put it on a low blower setting or use a diffuser, otherwise it will spatter the wax everywhere.

Focus the heat on the crayons. They will quickly turn sweaty, then start dripping down the canvas.

You can change the tilt of the canvas to control how fast the drips go.

Once you're satisfied with how it looks, let it cool a few minutes and hang it up!
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flio1913 years ago
I didn't realize crayon art was becoming a thing, but I fully support it!!! Here's a piece of mine using crayons and an iron.

flio191 flio1913 years ago
oh and i guess a sort of shameless self plug: this is my working portfolio
That looks so beautiful. Does it wreck your iron though?
Absolutely. Wrecked up my microwave too. worth it!
Microwave too? I agree though. I love it!

why would you put that in the microwave im 13 and i know not to do that

I took some bottle ends and cut up some crayons into it, dropped some water in and threw it into the microwave. You'd know it's melted and ready to be sprayed onto the surface once it popped, but it pops colors all over the interior of the microwave. I'm sure I could clean it up but I figured I might do it again anyway so I didn't :P
I tried to view your "working portfolio" -- wouldn't allow - says its too big.
Do you have a website to view?
whoops! over the year i ended up using that domain for something else. if you cut off the 'p' at the beginning it should take you there or here is a direct link!
What a beautiful piece of art! Did you put any thing over the crayons before putting the iron on it?
Thanks! Well, it was half taking the iron (craft iron, has no holes) and pushing a crayon against it to drip it down onto the surface, and half scraping off small pieces of crayon onto the surface and then ironing them on. Whenever I changed colors I just wiped the iron with a napkin. There was some parts where I tried just heating up the surface from underneath but it didn't give me the brush-like texture that I wanted. The iron will get messy so I'd recommend either a craft iron (the small cheap ones) or an iron you don't plan to use again (though, I dunno what the holes might to... might be interesting to experiment with the steam function?
Did you create this on canvas? It is just beautiful. It makes me think of fall, my favorite season!
Thank you! I used a giant mat board. Canvas might be interesting too but you'd have to take the canvas off the wood and put it against a hard backing then re-stretch (but it'd make the hard wax crack). But otherwise might be an interesting effect with the pores of the cloth absorbing pigment. Fall is my favorite season too!

omg that is so cool but how do keep it from peling or geting over heated

TheGeek1984 made it!21 days ago
I made one of these last weekend with a friend, then made another wanting to make an instructable, but you beat me to it!
reszo made it!25 days ago

My Version - Thanks for the inspiration!

Canvas and Crayons from $2 store (all up 23AUD)

PACW1 month ago

Please Help! I have a piece of melted crayon art that was a gift. The crayon is lifting off the canvass. I am hesitant to just take a heat gun to it but I don't know what else to do. Do you have any ideas at all?

Thank you.

cmilton11 year ago
Here is some other work that some of you might fight interesting. Made entirely out of crayon melted on stretched canvas.
You can find some more here.


awesome work well done I like that you picked Jim Morrison

so does it have to be a canvas ? is art paper allowed ? I can't afford to buy a canvas or how about a piece of card board ?

amihemrajani3 months ago

Not sure if this has been asked before, but i want an accent wall in my son's room to be painted with crayon art. Can i do it directly on the walls? Will it last and not start chipping and cracking overtime? Plz recommend...thx

YiaYia VickiR8 months ago

Is there a hot gun that I can use to melt crayons, like a glue gun ? I tried using my glue gun, but the crayon is a hair too large to push through. Crayon, why don't you have one ?? Ok, I want a commission when you decide to make it !! LOL

you could either shave the crayons down a little - this is very easy, even with a dull knife or peeler,...and you can find creative things to do with the shavings! :)
OR you can simply hold the crayon to the hot tip of the glue gun and direct the drips - be careful, is Hot after all ;)

chyhoran011 year ago

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i'm going to try it out

You could try that with oil pastels too, actually.
saz11 year ago
Whats hot glue??
Girlie1 year ago
Lovely idea! I saw some art pieces with the crayon "stopped" like it melting onto an umbrella then dripping to the sides. May I know how to do that? Thanks again for your beautiful idea!
Missartsy3 years ago
Im just not able to melt the crayons they' r Fabre castle , tried iron ,candle and blow drier is there any other better way please tell me ...i soo want to see my work complete!!!!!!
A heat gun works really well ..hope this helps :)
Thank you for the inspiration, had too much fun with this. Did a little underpainting and also threw in some pearl powders... interesting effects.
vcusick2 years ago
are you seriously taking the time to cut the wrappers of all the crayons?
Easy version- take your crayons, throw them in a bowl of water for about five minutes. The wrappers will literally fall off the crayons in no time. When I did it i had to help like...maybe 5 wrappers off. the rest just floated to the surface.
Very nice, easy to do :) heres mine
This is awesome art! In response to "suppose to take the wrappers off" - I beg to differ. Its a matter of choice, and I love yours. If you turned the art work around the wrappers can look like a picket fence.
so im looking at the ones posted here and i like yours the best
im going to leave the wrappers on mine :)

it looks like when u leave the wrappers on you melt less wax and i like the nice colors and really like the negative space
Thanks! Glad you like it!!
You're supposed to cut away the papers...
Since when do the words "you're supposed to" have a place in art?
Thank you. :) my point exactly...
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