How to Make Your Own Personalized Melted Crayon Art
It's summertime and many of us are looking for ways to keep busy, or ways to keep our kids busy. Crayon art is a fun and easy project that you can do solo or have the kids try. I did this with three kids, ages 6, 7, and 9, and they loved it. They helped out a lot and we had so much fun watching the crayons melt and run together. Plus, it is so easy, fast, and fairly cheap.
- Canvas- what ever size you prefer, I used a 16x20 inch canvas
- Heat gun or blow dryer, I used a blow dryer
- Glue gun
- Crayons, I used a 64 and 48 pack of crayons
- Scotch Tape
- Cardboard, if you want to make a silhouette
- Black acrylic paint, if you want to make a silhouette
- Print out of silhouette, if you want to make a printed silhouette
- Craft glue, if you want to make a printed silhouette
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Step One: Arrange Crayons
Before you start gluing, you should definitely arrange the crayons in the order you want to glue them on the canvas. It will make things easier and faster when you start gluing the crayons on. I did not use brown, black, or gray because they would dilute most of the brigher colors. You can choose any colors you want.
Step Two: Heat Glue Gun
Most glue guns do not take long to heat. As soon as it is hot enough, you can begin to create your work of art.
Step Three: Glue Crayons on Canvas
Use the hot glue gun to the crayons on the canvas by using a single line of glue for each crayon. We matched each crayon with the edge of the canvas to keep our crayon line straight across the top of the canvas. We also used our canvas landscape wise; however, I have seen it done portrait wise and they both look stunning in the end.
*NOTE* If you are doing this with children, I would recommend the adult making the single line of glue and having the child place the crayon in place. There is less of a chance of the child being burned by the hot glue if they are not using it themselves.
Step Four: OPTIONAL Silhouette
If you are planning on making a silhouette on your crayon art, like the one seen to the right, you will need a piece of cardboard to cover the area you do not want to get crayon on. I printed a picture, cut the silhouette out, and simply pasted it on the canvas with craft glue. I have also seen crayon art done with black painted silhouettes. The choice is yours and the effect will make your crayon art a personalized, unique work of art.
A Youtube example of how to do melted crayon art
Step Five: Cover Everything
Use scotch tape to tape newspaper on the area you will be working on. Your canvas should be propped up against something to help the colors flow down easier. Make sure to cover everything within about 1-2 feet from canvas.
*NOTE* If some crayon does get on a surface not covered, simply use your blow dryer or heat gun and paper towel to wipe the crayon off. If some crayon gets on fabric, use an iron and paper towel to get the crayon off.
Step Six: Let the Crayon Melting Begin!
Watch the magic begin! Use the heat gun or blow dryer to melt the crayons. We found it best to only heat the bottom half of the crayon and let it run to the bottom of the canvas. If you want the edges of your canvas to be free of crayon, it would be best to tape them. You can melt the crayons as much or as little as you like.
Step Seven: Finishing Touches
After the melted crayons have dried, you are free to either paint or glue your silhouette or you can paint something else on your new piece of art. One of m kids put a silver handprint in the middle of theirs, pictured below, and I have seen people either paint or use vinyl letters to spell out names or sayings. The choice is completely yours. The affect is a beautiful, home made piece of art that you can proudly tell everyone you made. If you have any questions or would like to share how your crayon art came out please feel free to comment.