Saturday, January 05, 2013

Melted Crayon Wall Art: DIY


One Pinterest project a week, for one entire year. That is the challenge set forth by Just a little Creativity. The girls and I have been pinning crafts, recipes and other nifty things for months now; we just never found the time to actually sit down and attempt to do any of the amazing things we have pinned.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

So with the move looming this coming Monday, we sat down Friday night and decided on a craft to do for their rooms. The girls chose to do the Melted Crayon Wall art that we pinned in the beginning, they wanted to do this on a smaller scale so it would fit better in their new room.

We started off by scouring through my canvas stash, don't ask why I have a "stash" it's a necessity in this house! When they found two of the smallest canvas' from my stash they went after 2 boxes of 48 count crayons, the low temp glue guns, and wax paper.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

Harmonie started and had almost all of her crayons glued down before I could find the camera to get photos, so I sat down to help Sassy. This is a really simple project to do, and as long as your glue guns don't get too hot, and you trust your children to use them; this is a project they can do on their own. Sassy spent about 20 minutes picking out colors and rearranging them on the canvas before she was satisfied and let me glue them down.  To keep a uniform look you will want to line the flat end of the crayons up with the edge of the canvas, we left a *small* space because Sassy wanted to melt from the top too.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

Melted Crayon Wall Art 
As you can see, we used 29 crayons

Once your crayons are glued down, you will want to cover your work area in either wax paper or something else that can be easily tossed in the trash; you may not have a lot of splatters but you will have some! you will want to place the canvas so it is propped up against a wall or other surface( we used the dishwasher) and then you get to the fun part, blow drying that little bugger! I started out on high and warm settings on mine and alternated with low at certain points. You have to experiment a little to see how your hair dryer works with melting the wax.

Sassy took control of the hair dryer and it took about 30 minutes to get the crayons to start melting, so I decided to give her a hand and focused the air on a few crayons at a time instead of back and forth like she was doing. The colors melted at different speeds, not sure why that is; but after I started focusing the heat it seemed to go by pretty quickly. Here is Sassy's finished product, since Harmonie doesn't want to share her's!

Melted Crayon Wall Art

As you can see, the melted crayon wax has some texture to it where the colors met and pooled. It was a very easy project to start us off on our 52-week challenge and I can't wait to see what we do next!

 Melted Crayon Wall Art

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! I've seen this project on Pinterest several times but we've never tried it. My daughter LOVES crafts so she would love this and your 52 week Mommy/ Daughter challenge. I'm always hesitant to do crafts because of the mess! I love that you used wax paper to make clean up easy. Maybe I can talk myself into doing this with her.......