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!
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…
make sure to check out my post on DIY word canvases.
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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.
Paint the canvas before adding crayons
-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.
-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.
*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
-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.
-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.
-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 prepping the crayons. However, this is a great task to do while watching TV or spread it out over a few days.
HUGE TIP ALERT for making this melted crayon art project for elementary students!
We figured this tip out a little too late, but now we know…
If you soak the crayons in water first, the peels may come off a little easier than if you don’t.
Use the blower dryer to melt the crayons for you DIY canvas art
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.
-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 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.
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!
Time to get creative on your own DIY art project!
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!