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Do a Melted Crayon Canvas



Using a Blow Dryer

Get your supplies

You will need a canvas (your choice of size), crayons (your choice depending on the size of the canvas), a hot glue gun, and a hair/blow dryer. You'll probably want to lay newspaper or an old t-shirt or blanket under the canvas in case the wax splatters, too. Whatever area you think will get messy, cover up a bit more on each side. Don't forget to cover up yourself too! Hot colored wax on your skin and nice clothes shouldn't be part of this project.

Sort the crayons out

Sort depending on what you want. A rainbow is a popular design, so if you choose it, place the crayons in the order of the rainbow. Some people order their crayons lightest to darkest, others use different shades of the same color. The arrangement is totally up to you. Just make sure you have enough to cover the entire top of the canvas. Repeating colors is just as beautiful.

Hot glue each crayon in order on the top of your canvas

Some people keep the wrappers on and some take them off, but either way works. You can opt to unwrap the crayons and cut them in half. This makes it look more natural and keeps the top three inches of your canvas from being obviously lined with crayons.

Slant the canvas so that the wax will drip

A common idea is to lean it against a wall. If you do lean it against a wall, tape newspaper onto the wall to avoid any accidents.

Use your blow dryer and blow the crayons

It's best to point the blow dryer downwards so that the wax will drip. Take note that this will get messy! However, it doesn't really matter how messy it gets, as long as your newspapers are laid out correctly. You can use birthday candles for quicker melting. It's a bit more dangerous and the candle wax drips everywhere, too. If you'd rather be messy than pressed for time, a candle might be a better bet for you. A heat gun is also a quicker alternative and can be picked up at most craft supply stores.

Let your work dry.

Add final details

Clean up your work. Remove the crayons and collect all the dried bits of wax that have seeped onto less than desirable areas. Color in whatever you want to if desired.


Success stories

Kendell McKern

Dec 09 at 09:13 am
Me and Alissa did one at our house in Goodyear, Az.

Joyce Pfau

Jun 05 at 10:47 am
With Sohvi Klose

Alondra Rich

Jan 05 at 12:57 pm
Not the date that I did mine but I've done multiple as craft projects for the fair.

Hannah Scheel

Jan 02 at 18:13 pm