I have had all these art ideas pinned on Pinterest for so long, while telling myself “One day I’ll do something like that.” Well this past weekend, I finally got rid of the “one day” mentality and just went for it. I decided to start with what seemed like the easiest (and turned out to be really easy) : Melted Crayon Art.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1-2 boxes of 64 count crayons
1 canvas (size of your choice…mine was 11×14)
hot glue gun
hair blow dryer
To start, cut a trash bag along the sides so it makes one long drop cloth. Tape it to the wall or use chip clips to clip it to some blinds like I did. The idea is to have enough of it on the floor and walls so the crayons don’t splatter on your walls or carpet. Now, grab your crayons.
If you’re happy with the way it looks, grab your hot glue gun. Hot glue the crayons at the top of your canvas with the tips pointed down.
Now, grab your hair dryer. For my hair dryer, I kept it on high heat and the low setting (mine has two switches). Keep the hair dryer about 6 inches away from the crayons. Melt the crayons and let the wax run down the canvas.
It will splatter so make sure your trash bag/drop cloth/whatever is big enough on all side of the canvas!
Now you could stop there and call it finished, but I didn’t like the way the tips of the crayons looked when they were melted.
Luckily, I had grabbed a second box of 64 count crayons while I was at Target earlier that day. So, I popped off the old melted crayons (as seen above) and glued a new, fresh, crayon in the same color.
I like that look much better. Once I re-glued the new crayons, my first Pinterest/DIY art project was complete! Here’s the final product:
The whole project took me 45-60 minutes from start to finish, cost $10, and was easy to do. I haven’t exactly decided where in our house to put it yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon.