Pretty much anyone who spends time on the internet has seen melted crayon art images drifting around on Pinterest, Facebook and various blogs (to mention a few). The images are gorgeous and eye catching, especially the ones with the umbrella silhouettes. This week my youngest daughter set out to create her very own melted crayon art, and I have to say that the results were better than I had anticipated, though there was quite a bit of trial and error involved. This project is the culmination of research from many different sources, though ultimately we incorporated what would work best for us.
Tools we used:
- Glue gun
- Protective cover for the area where you are doing the craft (we used a garbage bag)
The craft itself is as easy as gluing your crayons onto the canvas and applying heat. However – there are tricks that will definitely make the process easier and result in more efficiency. Keep reading for our tips and tricks that worked for Malie in her project.
When Malie first started out she was pointing the hairdryer directly at the crayons, which resulted in very little melting action. It is much more effective to angle the hairdryer down, and focus the heat about midway up on the crayons. It will then start to flow quickly and make its way down the canvas. After the wax starts making its way down the canvas you should then follow the wax with the hairdryer facing in a downwards direction to pull the wax down the canvas more fully!
Instead of doing the umbrella silhouette project, Malie decided that she wanted to tape off stripes with green masking tape. The tape worked well, but the end design was not what she had hoped for. Which could have been a disaster with any other medium of art, however, the nice thing about working with wax is that it is easily re-meltable so when combined with fresh wax coming down from the crayons, and introduced heat back to the dried wax the end result was quite pleasant.
We noticed that with our hairdryer there was quite a bit of heat/air being lost on the sides which resulted in quite a few splatters that went across the canvas which added to the overall design.
This splatter effect unfortunately landed all of the canvas (which was cool) and the carpet (which was not). Even with having a full size garbage bag as a drop sheet we still ended up with crayon on the carpet. You have been warned! You need a drop sheet, and doing this project in a non-carpeted area is definitely preferable! Next time we will definitely do this project on the laminate flooring, though some Palmolive oxy dish detergent and hot water took the wax right out of the carpet (thankfully).
All in all this project was a lot of fun and Malie is already making plans for making another. Relatively cost effective, you may even have most of the supplies at home already. I am super impressed with how easily this project came together, and the total time spent on it was about an hour. The process of melting and guiding the was down the canvas most definitely took the most time.
Crayons – 2 packages of 24. $1.25 each at Dollarama
13×17 inch stretched canvas – $3 at Dollarama
Total cost for this project: $5.50.
Have you tried melted crayon art? How did your projects turn out? Any tips of tricks for us in the future?
Looking forward to our next project!