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Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY: Melted Crayon Art

Happy Monday, everyone! What? You're not happy it's Monday? Well, smile anyways!

Today I thought I'd bring out a project I did BEFORE I started my blog, which is why there aren't any pictures of the DIY process in action. But I'll tell you, it's easy to do!


Supplies:
  • Crayons (whichever colors you prefer)
  • Canvas (size is up to you)
  • Hair dryer
  • Tape

Directions:

Pick out the color crayons you want in your project. I chose greens, a few yellows, and oranges. I wanted this to go in my kitchen and green/orange are my current kitchen colors.

Now line them up on the canvas in whatever pattern you'd like. I've seen all sorts of cool variations like wavey patterns, flower patterns and other neat ideas. For the first one, I decide to just go straight across the top. One good friend of mine picked colors that matched her favorite wedding photo from the Bahamas. It turned out beautifully and sits on her fireplace mantel next to the photo. Seeing hers is what made me say, "Ok, enough is enough...I'm making one of those!"

I would recommend removing the labels from the crayons before taping them down. That way they won't slip out of the wrapper right away.

Now bust out that hair dryer and get to work!

Melt the crayons until you get the look you want!


Voila! Simple, cheap, and fun art! It even matched the fruit! We've since moved the canvas over top of a little metal baker's rack and replaced it with these awesome free kitchen printables


For this one I taped off a small area so that I can put a picture in there and the melted crayons act like a frame. I think it's cool! I also cut the crayons into 1" pieces so it wouldn't overflow the canvas. I haven't picked a photo yet so it's not hung up yet but I'm getting there!

My husband made this one on his own. He just really wanted to play and melt more wax. He likes it, though so we may still hang it somewhere! 

Helpful hints: 
  • Keep the hair dryer on low heat. If it's going too fast it will knock the crayon pieces off the canvas.
  • Full size crayons produces a lot of melted wax. Remember that if you're using a smaller canvas. 
  • If you have white or light colored walls where you're going to hang the canvas, you may want to cover the back where the crayon ran the wrong way so it doesn't "draw" on your wall. 
  • Lay down newspaper or something so you don't get melted wax everywhere!
  • Prop the canvas at an angle so the wax melts and drips nicely but the crayons don't slip and fall down the canvas, messing up your design. 
  • Take your time! It's not a race. 
  • Point your hair dryer down at the crayons. That way you don't blow them off to the sides and the crayons melt and drip downwards nicely. Unless you want a different effect then go for it! 

Have you made melted crayon art before? What sort of pattern did you use? Send me a photo of how it turned out, whether it's good, bad or ugly! I'd love to see your versions!

Till next time,
Catherine

2 comments:

  1. i love that you didn't do the line them up at the top melt. what did you use to keep the center rectangle relatively free from wax? i want to do a name and haven't figured out a good way yet. suggestions?

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    1. Thank you! I actually just taped down a piece of cardboard! If you have a CriCut you can do the letters easily. I don't so I would probably try cutting contact paper (or masking tape) with precise scissors or an Xacto knife to get the shapes you want. Hope this helps! Be sure to let me know how it goes!

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