Melted Crayon Art

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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

Supplies:

Step 1: Prep the Canvas

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!

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!

3 People Made This Project!

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115 Discussions

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KarleneM1

Question 7 weeks ago on Step 1

Does it hae to be name brand crayons bc we just tried doing this for my daughters bday gift 4 her friend and the crayons were cracking coming off mind u we did use cheap crayons sp hopefully tomorrow when i buy her crayola this eont happen otherwise anyone have any idea how to get the crayons to stay & not crack fall OFF.???? Lmk please

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globalcopfriendship12396

Reply 2 years ago

Made one of these for my son's room. I like the way it looks with the Crayola crayon label still on.

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.

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Dasdopplegängerrusticgreen

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you for explaining what "take the wrappers off" means. You're so polite... "I beg your differ..."

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friendship12396SurfRW

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

I can do it any way I want to. It still worked didnt it, so why does it matter? I wanted to keep the papers on.

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KeelyG2SurfRW

Reply 3 years ago

Then your "critique" should have been "in my opinion I think it looks better with the wrappers on"

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