A couple weekends ago, Stephanie & I got together and decided we were going to have a craft day. I pinned this a while ago and have been wanting to make some variation of the crayon art. I don’t know about you, but I have a habit of just pinning and then pinning more ideas that I wouldn’t even know where to start if I wanted to try one of my pins out. Good thing we kept each other accountable and finally made a day out of making melted crayon art paintings.
Here’s what you need:
- handful of crayons
- canvas (you can always find a 40 or 50% off coupon for Michaels)
- newspapers / something to lay under the canvas to keep your floors clean
Looks like we’re about to fight over some crayons. haha There’s enough to go around.
I experimented to see if you could actually control the melted crayon enough to get coherent shapes, and you can. It was, however, very difficult. The crayon wax never sets, so even when you get a desired shape, it would melt over and over again and start moving in different directions whenever the hairdryer was nearby. At certain points I had to let go of the control and give the crayons freedom to go wherever it wanted to go. Somehow, I still managed to get an abstract version of an avocado painting.
Here are a few things I’ve learned and some tips if you want to do this yourself:
- Took us much longer than I thought. 3 hours or so.
- Peel the crayons. We didn’t so the paper and wax melted together. Luckily we only needed to use the tips of the crayons since they produced a decent amount of melted wax.
- If you have an area you’ve perfected, you can isolate it away from the heat, using ie a piece of cardboard.
- The crayon can get hot. We didn’t need to do this, but you can use a fork or chopsticks to hold them in place according to this blog.
- If you want a more drippy look, you can hold the canvas up. Lay it flat to make it look more like watercolors. You can also splatter!
- I also hear you can use a hot glue gun. It probably saves you time.
View my diy & crafts board, and let me know if you want to do any of these along with me!