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How to Create Melted Crayon Art Projects: A Heart Idea!

Get creative with this fun melted crayon art idea

Here is ONE awesome art project that everyone will love. These melted crayon art projects are so fun to complete on a large scale or a small scale.  It was priceless to see the excitement my own children showed when we used the blowdryer to melt the crayons on our canvas!

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How to create melted crayon artworks

I have done these on a small scale (like canvas boards) or largely on 3’ x 4’ gallery-wrapped canvas. Gallery wrapped canvases because you can just paint the edge and they are ready to put on display. Therefore, no framing is needed.

Who budget to frame that large of a piece anyway? If you don’t want to do this as a large project, you could buy smaller canvases such as these. If you end up buying a pack of canvases and are looking for another simple and easy canvas project…

Read More>>> make sure to check out my post on DIY word canvases.

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Easy melted crayon art for the win with heart melted crayon artwork

These smaller canvases are the same brand that we used in our large collaborative art projects! Besides the supplies I have listed for this melted crayon canvas art project, you may also want to check out my recommendation on the top art supplies for kids.

Tips for creating melted crayon art projects

Plan out the Canvas

  • Together decide what images you want to use. Brainstorm our sketch-out ideas with your children.
  • Come up with a collective color scheme. Since it was close to Valentine’s Day, we painted a simple heart and used reds, pinks, purples and blue crayons.
  • Draw image or images really large, but still leaving space for where the crayons will be glued.
  • If you are doing a single, smaller canvas, this drawing technique may help you or your children plan out their first sketch on the canvas or canvas board.
Peeled Crayons for DIY artwork

Paint the canvas before adding crayons

  1. Paint with neutral acrylic paint for the background or something that will contrast with the crayon colors you are choosing to melt. In this small example, we actually just left the small gallery-wrapped canvas white.

2. Paint the image on the inside. In other melted crayon canvas my children have used colored and black sharpies to clean up some of the lines.

3. In addition, I LOVE using gold and silver paint markers. Paint markers help cover up mistakes and keep things looking neat. This is very important when doing group projects with several kids of all different abilities. 

Time to Glue on the Crayons

DIY melted crayon canvas art preparation

4. After the painting is done, begin to glue (you really want to use this glue…even if it is more expensive) crayons around the middle image. The canvas should be left flat when using glue. It is important to use the right type of glue.

Please note: Washable glue does not really work well.

I also have tried to use hot glue, but it was too hot and would melt the crayon.

5. Leave a space between the image and the crayon outline. Chose to make our large melted crayons go in the order of the rainbow. This ensured that all the colors would mix well together.

Melted Crayon Heart Art Project

6. Find a flat drying space after you have glued the crayons onto your DIY art project.

The biggest pain of this whole project is peeling all the crayons. It can take a lot of time to prep the crayons. However, this is a great task to do while watching TV or spreading it out over a few days.

How to easily peel crayons?

Soak the crayons in water first, the peels may come off a little easier than if you don’t. Overnight soaking is the best way for the crayon paper to just come off for all of your crayon projects.

Use the blower dryer to melt the crayons for you DIY canvas art

7. Once the glue has dried, you get to start to have fun with the blow dryer! Tilt the canvas to almost completely vertical and with the crayons you want to melt pointing down.

Use a blow dryer to melt crayons on canvas

8. Then hold the blow dryer near the ends of the crayons and see the magic happen. You will need to rotate the canvas once the wax starts flowing from the crayons.

I suggest that you make sure to have a drop cloth or newspaper down because once the crayons start melting off the canvas it can get quite messy! Or as you see in our picture while we were making our own melted crayon heart art, we just use an old piece of cardboard to protect our table.

Another melted crayon art project tip

My biggest job was to make sure that my kids held blow dryers far enough away from the crayons and to not touch the melted wax. The melting time for individual colors, brands and sizes will all vary. We also had some different powered blow dryers that were factored in.

When we created our large canvases we melted in small breaks in our garage. It took us a few days to do it, but it was always super fun to see the colors run together. Find an awesome place to put these on display. I wish the ones my kids did would fit on our DIY art display, but I think I may have to add it to my art gallery wall in my home office.

Currently, we have this heart crayon art on display on our newly updated mantle!

After the crayons melted, we did have to go and paint the heart all the way to the edge because some of the melted wax leaked on the white spaces. Adding a few extra painterly highlights and mixed colors give this melted crayon art a little more of a Jim Dine feel!

Finished melted crayon art project

Time to get creative on your own DIY melted crayon canvas

I hope you enjoyed these projects, tips, and inspiration on this amazing melted crayon art project that all kids can do. 

What is your favorite art project to do with kids? Have you ever done a smaller crayon art yourself? Share your thoughts, ideas, and comments below. We would love to hear how your DIY art projects turned out!

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Tuesday 19th of February 2019

These are so beautiful and creative. I must try this!


Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Hi Anh! Thanks for visiting our site and have fun being creative!

Bethany Rutledge

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

This looks so fun! Definitely saving this for when the boys are older. I'm not crafty at all so love stuff like this that makes it look possible.


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Thanks for visiting my site. I am sure you would be able to pull it off! Enjoy being creative with your boys!


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Wow this is an awesome take on they melted crayon craft. I love the collaborative piece


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Hi Sara! Thank you for visiting our site and for the nice comment! Kids do really love working together.

Sonja - Too Much Character

Monday 18th of February 2019

Oh my goodness. As a former second grade teacher, I am certain that your students love coming to your class. What gorgeous projects you had them create!


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Thank you! We do have fun and thank you for visiting my site.

Kat Depner

Monday 18th of February 2019

AH!!!!!!!! I adore, adore, adore these ideas. I'm borrowing them for my own inner artist! Thank you for sharing!


Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Please do. I am glad we were able to inspire you. Thank you for visiting The DIY Nuts site!

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