Really interesting, colorful, piece of art made from crayons are popping up all over Etsy. Check out JKCreate’s shop for an example. Here’s the thing. They’re pretty much the easiest thing to make. Why buy something if you can make it yourself ? If you’re one of those people who thinks they have no shred of artistic talent, this project is for you.
If you can use a hot glue gun and a hair dryer, your art will turn out amazingly well. You’ll need a canvas the size of your choosing, which you can pick up at Michael’s Arts and Crafts for a very affordable price. You’ll also need to pick up some crayons, a hot glue gun, and a hair dryer. That’s it!
Now that you’ve gotten all of your supplies, you’ll need to select the crayons you want to use and line them up in the order you’ll be attaching them to the canvas. You can use a rainbow approach or choose hues from one color family. Once you’ve got your colors lined up and ready to go, warm up that glue gun. If you’re a stickler for straight lines, measure your canvas to center your crayons and to make sure the line is even and level. Now just start hot gluing the crayons across the top of your canvas! Easy, right? You can leave the wrappers on or take them off. Taking them off is, of course, a little more time consuming but really it comes down to your preference. Leaving them on will leave a cool hollow shell behind.
Here comes the fun part. Once all your crayons are in place, it’s time to melt! Prop the canvas up against a wall and spread a paper bag under it, so wax doesn’t pour all over your living room floor. The crayons melt surprisingly quickly, so you’ll want to put something underneath your canvas. Next, plug in your trusty hair dryer and hold it about an inch away from the crayons. Using the high setting will actually cause the liquid wax to splatter, which is cool if you’re going for a Jackson Pollock look. Using the low setting gives you more control and will produce better results.
The rest is up to you! Just melt the crayons until you’re pleased with the look. The wax begins to harden again about three inches from the crayons, but if you would like a longer stream of color, just move your hair dryer down the canvas and the color will extend.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a great piece of art that is sure to be the envy of all your houseguests. Happy melting!