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How to Create Your Own Melted Wax Crayon Art
Welcome to the world of Melted Crayon Art!
While browsing the internet (especially on social networks such as Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr) you may have seen something similar to this. This is melted wax crayon art. Using the heat-sensitive material that these crayons are made of, you can create beautiful and unique pieces.
These pieces are way easier to make than they look. This would be a fun DIY project to do with the kids on an afternoon, or even if you’re simply in the creative mood. These fun and unique art pieces can be used to brighten up a room in your house, or to give as a present.
What You'll Need:
- Wax crayons
- Painting Canvas
- Strong glue (such as Magna Tac or fabric glue; preferably something that dries clear)
- Hair dryer
- Acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)
Gather your materials. You can choose a canvas of any size (I used one that was eighteen by twenty four inches).
The crayons don’t have to be expensive; I used two packs of crayons from the dollar store, and they worked beautifully for me. Also, if your child has some crayons that they don’t mind recycling for this project, you can use them as well. [Warning – very old and brittle crayons may not melt!]
Take your crayons and place them on the canvas as desired. Make sure that you have enough! When I created my piece, I used two packs that had twenty four crayons in each (forty eight total) as well as some spares ones I had; in all, I used roughly sixty crayons.
While at this step, you can plan out what design you want to make with them. I chose to do a simple rainbow ‘gradient’ pattern, but of course you can create whatever tickles your fancy!
Step 3 (Optional):
Peel off all of the paper labels from your crayons. This step is optional, as some people like to leave them on. The task may become a little monotonous, so you can do this while watching the latest episode of your favourite television show, or you can blast some music.
Step 4 (Optional):
Paint a background colour onto your canvas, using acrylic paint. I chose to do mine in a dark shade of grey, so that the crayons’ colours would stand out. However if you want to leave the canvas blank, that is fine as well!
Using your glue, begin to fix the crayons onto the canvas. Pour a thin strip of glue on the side of each crayon, and then press them firmly onto the canvas. It is best to leave them to dry for roughly ten minutes. Check them occasionally to see if they are securely attached to the canvas.
Once this step is completed, it’s time for the fun to begin!
I strongly suggest that you do this next part outside, or at least in a well-ventilated area. The smell of melting wax crayons is not very pleasant. I chose to do this on my porch, with the canvas propped up against the leg of a chair.
Lay some newspapers in the area that you’ll be working, including on the walls, floor and any nearby furniture. Also, wear some old clothes. While the crayons are melting, they tend to splatter everywhere! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Prop up your canvas so that the crayons can melt in a downwards movement.
Take your hair dryer, plug it into the closest electrical outlet, and put it on a high setting – this is the only way that the crayons will melt. Hold it close to the crayons, and watch as the magic unfolds! Thanks to the close and immense heat, the crayons will melt and their colours will create little rivers across your canvas.
Experiment with the ways you hold the hair dryer – holding it directly in front of the crayons will make them melt in a downwards movement, while holding the dryer to the side of the crayons will make them veer off in diagonal patterns.
Once you’ve gotten the effect that you wanted, you’re pretty much finished! Once they are no longer exposed to the heat, the wax will quickly dry again. You can then take it back inside and hang up your new piece of artwork!
The possibilities are endless!
You can create many different variations of melted crayon art. You can add on other painted designs to the canvas, such as images, words, names and figures. You can also use crayons that are variations of one colour.
To give the melted crayons some more interesting texture, you can place little beads into the wax just as it’s about to dry.