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Learn to Make a Fun Craft: Melted Crayon Rainbow

Updated on March 1, 2018

What do you need?

A wide variety of crayons is essential for the project. Be sure that whatever crayons you use are no longer needed or wanted because you won’t get them back! A canvas or any other similar sturdy material is needed. Definitely DO NOT use anything flimsy such as printer paper. A hair dryer is needed to melt the crayons, as well as direct the melted crayon “juice” to create whatever design you desire. Finally, you may want newspaper, paper towels, etc, to keep the the surface of whatever you are doing the project on, clean. Melted crayons gone wrong can be very messy to deal with!

Preparing materials

Find a place with an outlet for plugging in your hair dryer. Lay out whatever you have chosen to protect the surface you are using from messy melted crayon stains. Place the canvas on it. Now line up the crayons side by side across the top of the canvas with a little space between the crayons and the very top. The crayons should be in rainbow order, or whatever pattern you prefer. However, it is not recommended to put the crayons in random order. Take a little extra time to make sure the crayons are in some type of pattern and you won’t regret the results!

Now on to the project!

Take the hair dryer and put it on low, and set it aside safely to let it warm up a bit. While your hair dryer is warming up, there are a few things you may or may not want to do. You could take the time to glue the crayons to the canvas, however, it is not necessary because the melted crayons will fuse the the canvas on its own. It will make it easier because the hair dryer won’t end up blowing your crayons away if put at the wrong angle. You could also use the time to peel the wrappers off the crayons if you don’t want them on, but like the glue it isn’t necessary. Once your hair dryer has been running for a minute or two turn it to high and start blowing it over your crayons. Don’t expect them to melt right away. The crayons may take one minute to a few minutes to melt, depending on the brand. Once they are starting to melt, angle your hair dryer to blow the liquid crayon over the canvas however you want. Once you are satisfied, turn off your hair dryer and wait for the melted crayon to harden. Be careful not to touch it. Voilà! You now have a melted crayon canvas design! Hang it up somewhere and enjoy your piece of art!


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      Robie Benve 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      Very interesting and it sounds quite easy to do. I would like to try. I think it should be safe enough to make it a projects with the kids. Thanks!


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