Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crayon Art

If you've been on Pinterest, chances are you've seen melted crayon art.  It's something that has been on my to do list for a while now, and it was so much fun that I wish we had done them a lot sooner!  We'll definitely be making these again, since ours didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked (which was to have the kids' initials on them).


Supplies:
-Canvas
-Box of crayons
-Hot glue gun
-Hair dryer

Directions:
I initially wanted to add the kids' initials onto their canvas, so I printed out their initials from Microsoft Word, cut the letters out from the paper, and then traced the letter onto strips of blue tape.  I then cut the letter out of the blue tape and put it onto the canvas.  This tape however wasn't strong enough, and started to peel immediately when we put the hair dryer on to melt the crayons, so we scratched this idea.


I then had the kids choose all the crayons they wanted to glue onto their canvas.  They each got their own box of 64 crayons, but of course they shared/traded with each other.


I then hot glue gunned the crayons in the order of their choice.



This project is definitely messy, and the crayon drippings will splatter, so make sure you protect the area you are working at with newspaper before you start. Then set the hair dryer on high and hold it near the crayons.


Keep heating the crayons....

You will begin to see the crayon melting relatively quickly.



We tried experimenting, by holding the hair dryer at different angles.


We held the hair dryer really close to the crayons too...and the melted crayons quickly streamed down the canvas.



Here is a close-up of my son's crayon art.  He worked on this a bit longer than my daughter, so he has some great texture on his art piece.


Here is a close-up of my daughter's crayon art.


Aren't these just beautiful?