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Melting Crayon Art Projects

Updated on January 20, 2015

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Easy to Make Crayon Art

Simply decide which crayon melting art project you want to do, pick up crayons from friends, thrift stores, or buy a few packs brand new. You are now ready to get to making a melted crayon work of art.

The old school Crayola Crayons and other brands can be used for creating beautiful things besides just drawings and being used to keep kids busy coloring at restaurants. Crayons can melt and when placed onto white or black paper and strategically melted they can produce amazing paintings of color running down the paper. Crayons can also be melted down mixed with candle wax and poured into molds made out of anything from plastic to sand, add a candle wick and instantly have a uniquely colored candle of any shade in the rainbow. They can also be turned into more crayons by using molds such as cupcake tins other aluminum molds.

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Materials Needed for Projects

Color Melting Pantings

  • Selection of crayons
  • Paper, use a thick cardstock or heavier surface
  • Adhesive to glue crayons to the paper in desired sequence
  • Heat source, such a a hair drier that has variable settings and gets very warm
  • Newspaper to place under the creation to help with cleaning up the mess.

Colorful Candles

  • Sorted crayons with color.
  • Used White candles.
  • Double boiler for melting wax and mixing crayons in.
  • Metal pot with a spout for pouring candles
  • Molds or a sandbox with sand
  • Wicks

New Crayons

  • Old crayons sorted by color and broken into pieces
  • Molds that can be placed in oven

Creating a Painting

Check out this instructional video about how to melt crayons and make an interesting and colorful painting. Simply fix the crayons to a surface in the color arrangement that you want and heat with a heat source like a hair dryer. Make sure to have newspaper down in case there is excessive dripping.

Kids can have fun with just a handful of crayons by placing the paper on a flat surface and arrange a few of their favorite colors and then heat with the hair dryer to allow them to melt just on the paper. The sticks will melt and turn into pools and can be moved around be lifting one side of the paper up and letting it run along the paper. Do not place to many on the paper at any one time to limit the potential mess.

How to Make Sand Candles

When making sand candles I recommend to use a bunch of old white candles and melt them down and then use the Crayola crayons to add the color you need to make bright and colorful sand candles. This can an awesome gift to give people so others can enjoy your melted crayon art. Here is an instructional video about how to DIY.

Create Your Own with Basic Molds

To make new crayons out of old ones, simply take old ones and break them into pieces about half an inch to one inch in size and sort them by color. Place the pieces into cupcake tins or other bake ware molds such as stars, shells, and other shapes. Place the crayons into the oven at 225 degrees and allow them to melt and settle into the new shape before removing from the oven and allowing them to cool. It can be fun to add silver for a little glitter or a couple of colors into a single mold and create your own variations. These larger crayon chunks are very fun for younger kids to use for drawing on larger poster sized pieces of paper.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I bet kids would LOVE this. I wonder if the canvas idea is something you can do on hot summer day by just letting them sit out in the hot blazing sun?

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      The crayon painting was beautiful. Kids will love doing this with supervision from adults. Thank you for sharing this with us. Votes up and sharing!

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks for the comment. Absolutely need to be careful of the hot crayons especially with kids being actively involved in the art project.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      It's sort of an encaustic painting. We used to that as one of our grade school projects, and it was fun! Careful of the newly melted crayon, though. :)

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Kids can have fun and do some abstract form of painting through this melting unless it becomes messy!

      Up, useful and interesting. SHARED too.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      These look like a lot of fun, and we have a lot of crayons leftover from the younger days! I especially like the rainbow painting. Voted up.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting idea. Thanks for sharing. It does look like it could get a bit messy if you're not careful!

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      UrsulaRose 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for writing this hub article for me to read and be inspired by to try something new. I enjoy painting abstract art and this has just given me additional ideas to experiment with on my artwork. :)