Melted Crayon Art

I really cherish the memories I make with my friend, Brandi. We don’t just do movies and drinks when we get together. We started off our friendship by skydiving together. We’ve sampled bacon at the first two and soon to be third Bacon Takedowns. She was the one who was maniacally infectiously laughing in the video of us rolling down a hill while strapped inside a ball. We’ve co-hosted a “Never Have We Ever” dinner party and shot bows and arrows at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Even our girls’ nights in are unique. Case in point, last weekend we stayed in to make melted crayon art for the first time, taking small breaks to munch on s’mores. Here’s our personal guide on Melted Crayon Art!


Materials Needed:

  • hot glue gun

  • crayons
  • canvas or thick board

  • blow dryer

  • newspaper or something to protect your workspace from crayon shavings and splatter

  • bedazzled stickers (optional)

  • acrylic paint (optional)


Steps:

For Brandi:

  1. Use a ruler and align bedazzled stickers.
  2. Ruminate over which colors to melt.
  3. Cut crayons into pieces with equal lengths.
  4. Align crayons along edges.
  5. Hot glue crayons along edges.
  6. Protect work space and lean board against the wall.
  7. Make a s’more and eat.
  8. Blow dry crayons and watch in amazement as the colors melt and meld into each other.
  9. Stop blow drying as soon as the crayons melt to where she wants it. The wax dries almost instantly.

For me:

  1. Use acrylic paint to paint a textured background.
  2. Immediately regret painting blue and white background as I ruminate over which colors to melt.
  3. Resign to just use janky color combinations as this is just a “starter” piece.
  4. Hot glue crayons along edges.
  5. Protect work space and lean board against the wall.
  6. Make a s’more and eat.
  7. Blow dry crayons and watch in amazement as the colors melt and meld into each other.
  8. Stop blow drying as soon as the crayons melt to where I want it. The wax dries almost instantly.

  9. No longer regret artistic decisions that lead to a cool piece of art.


Questions: Who is your adventurous partner in crime? What kind of shenanigans do you guys get into?

  • http://musingsofheather.wordpress.com Heather

    Those are wonderful pieces of art!! Love them both! I will have to try this soon! 

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

       Really, the best part is watching the colors blend and trickle down!

  • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

    Mostly Ryan or my sister. :p 

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

       That’s awesome. :)

  • http://aloveaffairwithpaper.blogspot.com Danielle

    Both of these pieces are fantastic!

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

       Thanks, Danielle!

      P.S. Writing you a letter this week!

  • http://twitter.com/funnyyun Jennifer Wu

    ooo these are neat. looks like i have another project i want to try

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

       Can’t wait to see your version!

  • http://www.ginamarierose.com/ Gina

    Very cool art project! I never knew something so pretty could be created from melted crayons.

    My old college roommate was my adventurous partner-in-crime. The kind of shenanigans we got into usually involved a lot of alcohol. :)

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      Haha. Aw :) My college roommate was definitely my partner-in-crime. Now I miss her. 

  • http://www.theeverythingsoapblog.com/ The Everything Soap Blog

    I love this!!  I was just thinking of melting some old broken crayons into easier to use crayons for my kids.  I didn’t know that they can be remelted and put into candy molds to make little cars and other crazy things.  I’ve got a billion crayon pieces just waiting for me to get off my tushy.  

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      Can’t wait for you to melt and mold your crayons!

  • http://twitter.com/GeekyHooker Geeky Hooker

    Color Me Katie did a post on melting crayons too! Hers were a bit different though…more like reforming old crayons. :) 
    http://colormekatie.blogspot.com/2012/02/melting-crayons.html

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      I saw that one! I subscribe to that blog. :)