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Melting Crayons for Colorful Fun

Updated on July 9, 2012

What to do with old, broken crayons?

I have three kids, and at the end of the school year, we have tons of leftover crayons. Some are still whole (the "yucky" colors), while others are just dull nubs of former favorites.

While I'm tempted to toss the whole lot into the trash, my conscience gets the better of me, and I save them indefinitely. I probably have a whole gallon can full of used crayons now, and I've found some interesting new uses for them! Read on...

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Before you toss those old crayons,

look at this melted crayon art!

Melted Crayon Tree

Melted Crayon Tree
Melted Crayon Tree

Simple Instructions for Creating Melted Crayon Art - make your own crayon drip artwork

I've read several tutorials on creating artwork with melted crayons, so you don't have to. Here are the basics for making your own crayon rainbow or stripes. If you're looking for more details, be sure to check out the videos and links I've included elsewhere on this page.

  1. Get ready by spreading newspaper under your work area. This will be messy.
  2. Use a glue gun to attach crayons (wrapped or unwrapped -- your choice) to the edge of your canvas. Put them in ROYGBIV order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) for a rainbow, or arrange them any way you like.
  3. Set up your canvas so it's leaning against something at an angle, so gravity will help the melted crayon wax to travel down the canvas.
  4. Turn on your blow dryer or heat gun, and start melting the crayons. This could take a while. Some colors melt more quickly than others. Note: Children should be supervised.
  5. Once the crayons have created a pleasing, flowing drip pattern, turn off the heat and let the canvas cool and harden.
  6. Voila! Display your artwork and enjoy your creation!

Pretty Melted Crayon Rain

Pretty Melted Crayon Rain
Pretty Melted Crayon Rain

Melted Crayon Art with Flowers

Melted Crayon Art with Flowers
Melted Crayon Art with Flowers
Martha Stewart's version of crayon art
Martha Stewart's version of crayon art

Melted Crayon Shavings Make An Inexpensive Ornament

The crayon melting craze is largely centered around the popular "rainbow" canvas project, but there are other ways to melt crayons into art. Here is a project I remember from grade school:

1. Use a pencil sharpener or vegetable peeler to make crayon shavings.

2. Use crayon shavings to make a design on a piece of waxed paper.

3. Cover with another piece of waxed paper.

4. Place a dishcloth over the project and press lightly with a warm clothes iron. Let it cool.

5. Cut off excess waxed paper, punch a hole, and hang with string or ribbon for an inexpensive ornament or light-catcher.

photo from marthastewart.com

Crayons and Canvas

You can create your own version of melted crayon art with just a canvas and a box of crayons. If you don't have any leftover from school, treat yourself to a fresh box!

Sparkling Warm Spectrum from JKCreate
Sparkling Warm Spectrum from JKCreate

Meet Jessie Kerbawy

Originator of the Modern Crayon Melting Craze

Jessie Kerbawy is a graphic designer, artist, blogger and etsy seller. Why does she love creating artwork with melted crayons? From her own profile page:

What I love about Crayon Art is that each pieces is entirely unique, and the color possibilities are endless!

Jessie's etsy shop (JKCreate) is a visual candy store. Not only does she use the popular rainbow motif in her pieces, but she incorporates other media, shapes, and words into her artwork. Some of my favorites use just one main color, or a group of shades from one part of the spectrum. Simply stunning!

Crayon Melting Videos

See the magical action of melting crayons in these YouTube videos. Who would have thought that melting wax could look so beautiful and delicious?! NOTE: Do not eat crayons, no matter how yummy and colorful they appear.

There are LOTS of crafty crayon melters in the world, and here are some of my favorite posts. Many of these are blog posts with instructions, personal tips, and examples of melted crayon art and other uses for melted crayons. Enjoy!

Crayon Melting Project by Amy

Crayon Melting Project by Amy
Crayon Melting Project by Amy

Melted Crayon Autumn Trees

Melted Crayon Autumn Trees
Melted Crayon Autumn Trees

If you've tried making your own melted crayon art, please share your thoughts with us! Or if you have other things to do with old crayon bits, we'd love to hear those ideas, too!

Have you done something cool with old crayons? What do you think of melted crayon art?

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      Satha 5 years ago

      Ah, that's really cool! I'm sure I have old crayons somewhere. Maybe I'll do this one day. :D

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      gaser983 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, nicely done! Thumbs up

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @ibakir: I'm a big fan of that one, too! Autumn is my favorite season. :-)

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      ughh lovely colors, love the Melted Crayon Autumn Trees. I love art!

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      Rachel214 5 years ago from Haifa

      This is so beautiful! Wish I knew about this when I had little kids and zillions of broken crayons. Am going to share this with everyone!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      The results are fabulous works of art. Who knew?

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      adihc123 5 years ago

      those are great art.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Such wonderful crayon art.

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      MoniqueDesigns 5 years ago

      Great idea, we'll have to give it a try here.

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

      What a brilliant idea, I think I've got some old crayons lying around the house so much try it!

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @purpleslug: Have fun! Thanks for visiting!

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @mw3aimbot: My kids love getting messy. lol!

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @mojoCNYartist: Thank you!

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      mw3aimbot 5 years ago

      wow that's really nice. might try this over the weekend with the kids. one messy day coming up :)

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @ryokomayuka: Thank you! These crayon artists are really amazing!

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @MargaritasWorld: Amazing you could do this outside without electrical heat! That's great!

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you very much!! :-)

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @JessElaine: That's one of my favorites, too! So cool!

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      Heather Weaver 5 years ago from Colorado

      @Natural_Skin_Care: That sounds like fun! My kids would love that!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      When I was a kid we melted them into bottle tops and used them like marbles. Those were the days.

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      JessElaine 5 years ago

      I'm pretty much obsessed with the melted crayon rain. Thanks for sharing!

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      allystuart 5 years ago

      I love the colors!A really great way to save money and enjoy art at the same time.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Love the artwork!!! Blessed

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      Margarita Boettcher 5 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      I grew up in AZ. All we needed was foil and crayons! It was one of my favorite things to do. Haven't thought of it in a long time. Great idea thanks!

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      Wonderful pictures. Very creative.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      As an artist I appreciate an artistic lens.

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      No I haven't, but my granddaughter is sitting here with me right now and are both ready to do a canvas. Thanks! Great lens!

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