Melted Crayon Art

I am sure that most people have seen the very cool melted crayon art on Pinterest.  Last year, I decided to take the idea and create a series of pictures for my classroom.  The cool thing about this project is that you can use any image, word or colour you want to create the perfect look for your home or office. My goal was to create a way to display my “colour” words in my kindergarten classroom in a new and innovative way.  I love the finished look!

Melted Crayon Art

The above video gives a very good description of what to do, but I will share a few specifics about my project.

1. I used seven 12″ frames from the dollar store for this project. I did not prep the canvas as she suggested in the video, but I did end up with a bit of chipping. (Especially when the construction workers were sledge hammering my exterior walls and the art was falling off the walls and onto the floor!)

2. I bought lots of crayons. I don’t remember how many, but I am thinking about 5 to 6 packs of 64 as I wanted blocks of colour for each frame.

3. I wanted to highlight the “colour” word in my finished product, so I carefully measured and centered each colour word on the blank canvas with vinyl stickers. You could purchase stickers if you want to do a word, but I cut mine with my Cricut machine.

4. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the crayons and it worked fine, but they did not with stand the fall to the floor during construction.  Be sure to plan the order of your crayons and think about whether you want the “Crayola” label to be uniform across the piece or not. I did, so I made sure that I glued the labels the same way across the width.

5. I melted my crayons with a heat gun.  Some suggest a hairdryer and it does work as well, but you do not have the same control and get more “splashes” and a less uniform look.

6. Shortly after melting and before the wax was completely set, I peeled off the vinyl lettering (with tip of a craft knife) to leave the word in the negative space where there was not any melted wax.  The final effect is more of an impression of a word than clear concise lettering, but I think it looks great. (Click the images to enlarge.)

Other Examples of Melted Crayon Art

Overall, this project is very simple and inexpensive to do. Would look great in a kid’s room with their name taking up the negative space or even an oversized initial for their name.

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