Melted Crayon Canvas Art
I've seen this idea floating around Pinterest for years, and I finally tried it out this weekend. I wanted to make something artsy to decorate a little side room that is currently serving as Rhys's art room. I thought this idea would be a perfect fit, plus I was able to repurpose 3 canvases from his old nursery that have been sitting in his closet since our move!
Long story short: I love the end result, but this project does take some patience. It takes a few minutes for the wax to heat up before it starts melting, but it's oh so satisfying when it finally does!
2 boxes of 64 crayons
3 white canvases (12x12 inches)
Drop cloth or newspaper
Cardboard to help support the canvases
To start, I emptied my two packs of crayons and sorted them by color. I left out most of the tan/brown crayons and the rest fit perfectly across the three canvases.
After I sorted the colors, I arranged them evenly across the top of the three canvases and started gluing them down. I took off two crayons at a time and just made a small strip of glue to hold down each crayon. I tried my best to line up the wrappers to keep them all uniform.
Next, I took one canvas at a time and propped it against a piece of cardboard in the garage. I put a drop cloth down to catch any wax that might spray, but I didn't have any problem with that. I used the lowest setting on my hairdryer and focused on heating up 4-6 crayons at a time. The high setting probably would have moved this along quicker, but it would've given a more splattered look instead of the cleaner lines I was trying to get.
I let the wax drip a few inches before moving on to the next group of crayons. I kept the end of the hairdryer pointed at the tips of the crayons, so most of the lines dripped straight down. Sometimes I used the hairdryer to help a streak of wax melt a little more, or to gently tap a crayon if the wax wasn't dripping. Overall, it was a very easy project, but melting the wax takes some patience if you want it to drip in clean lines.
Here's the end result!! I love the way they turned out, but would have liked longer streaks if i'd had the patience to keep going :)
Also, shout out to my husband for finding this beautiful light by our office window and suggesting I shoot in here!
I could have taken pictures of these all day! The colors look so beautiful!