Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Crayon Melt Art Project

This was a fun project that was on my kid crafty bucket list for quite some time. Then, someone gave my daughter a set of crayons and canvas board for her birthday and I knew we were going to embark on this project very soon. I did have canvas board on hand and extra crayons so that my son could do the project as well. This top single Crayon Melt Art Project is my son's creation.

These 2 Crayon Melt Art Projects are my daughter's creations using the crayons and canvas board (pictured below) made by Crayola. For my son's, he chose from a variety of crayons we had in a pencil case and the canvas board was something I bought from Michael's craft store.

I am not sure how much these Crayola branded items cost, but I do know I made under $1 a canvas board from Michael's and the crayons my son used were leftover (probably ones I paid 25-cents at beginning of the school year.)

 I started out by putting some duct tape on the back side of the canvas board and attaching it to a piece of cardboard that is larger than the canvas board.

Next I had each kid line up their crayons on the top of their canvas board. I then taped it down. I had used packing tape, but that slightly melted from the heat gun, so you may want to use duct tape there too.

Then I mounted it on their easel and let them use my Darius Heat Tool (I bought this on Amazon a while back to make Melted Fabric Flower Headbands.) I imagine a hair dryer that gets pretty hot could work just as well.

It doesn't take long for the wax to start melting and spreading down the canvas board. If you look at the picture below you can see that I add some scrap paper to put underneath the cardboard and going in to the easel tray to keep from having wax drip where I didn't want it.

When you have your desired amount of melted wax drips, just let it sit for a while. The wax will harden within a couple minutes and you can then handle your project and display it.

I decided I wanted to spruce up the top, so I let the kids pick out some ribbon from my supply and I hot glued it to the top.


Arena Thompson said...

cute :) gonna have to look for those products. when I did it last for the kids room it was a $50+ project with the canvases and crayons. And then they've peeled the crayons off so I have to redo :)

Scott said...

I love this idea and is one I am going to do this week! I have a heat gun in the garage and a bucket of old crayons that will be perfect for this!

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...

These are cute. I have one hanging in my playroom

Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog said...

I've seen these before, but I love that they are selling a kit now! So much cheaper and it still looks awesome!

Kung Phoo said...

I like this.. i never saw or heard of it, but i will be looking for it next time in the crayon isle.

Elayna Fernandez-Bare said...

I love this project. I first saw it when I was speaking at the Central Florida College and someone used it as decoration. This is perfect for recycling canvases and crayons that aren't in great condition anymore!

mail4rosey said...

How fun! Imagine everyone in the house would love this one, not just the little ones. :)

Lexie Lane said...

Ooh! I love this crayon melt thing! Very cool! Looks like they are definitely having fun too!

Rebecca Swenor said...

I love this idea and have never thought of it. It is very creative. Thanks for sharing.