How bright and happy is this melted crayon art canvas? I love finding ways to engage my boys with art and as they are getting older I am finding it harder and harder to make it about the process and not the outcome. However, this melted crayon art is all about the process and I had so much fun watching Maxi (10) create these amazing melted crayon art canvases.
Melted Crayon Art
When my boys were younger art and crafts were all about the process and never the end result, however, as they have grown there have been times that for them the outcome overtook everything else. It is during those times that I stopped blogging about art and creative things. it was during those times that we visited modern art galleries and talked about how art and making made us feel, about how we all interpret the art uniquely. We talked about how we felt during the time we create, how just making things make us happy and these melted crayon art on canvas certainly make us happy.
How to do melted crayon art on canvas
I have been trying to focus on that we both of the boys and this activity really grabbed Maxi and the end results are beautiful which is a bonus!
Materials to make art from melted crayons:
- Hair dryer or heat gun
How to make melted crayon art
I am going to prefix this by saying you know your child best, so use your knowledge to make the decision of this is the craft for them. For younger children, I love this crayon painting art by Babble Dabble Do where you use a paintbrush and melt the crayons into pots.
First off we placed our crayon pieces into a bowl of warm water to make it easier to peel the papers.
Maxi picked the colours he wanted to use and then he experimented on the canvas.
He tried initially to use small bits of crayon directly on the canvas, but they just kept blowing everywhere, he used small sugar tongs to hold the smaller pieces of crayon as he blew the hot air on to them.
But he had the most success by melting the ends on the longer crayons.
It was fun to watch maxi experiment with different ideas and methods. What a fantastic work of art he created.
I love that Maxi really enjoyed making these crayon art canvas’ and we are going to find somewhere to hang them in his room.
More crayon process art ideas:
Scratch Art Paper for Kids from Powerful Mothering
Melted Crayon Art from Mum in the Mad House
Crayon Melting Art from Kidz Activities
Crayon Smash Artwork from Peakle Pie
Crayon Shaving Sun Catchers from Rainy Day Mum
7 Lessons I Learned from Coloring on Walls (Crayon Process Art) from Preschool Powol Packets
Clay Rainbow Fish Using Wax Crayon Shavings from Adventures of Adam
Simple Invitation to Draw with Crayons at an Easel from Stir the Wonder
Colourful Melted Crayon Window Shade from One Time Through
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This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for joining the Process Art Challenge!
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This is such a great idea, especially as you say, for older kids. I think my son would really enjoy trying this out. We used to do crafts all the time and we do it less now he’s bigger, but I know he still enjoys it.
A great post, I absolutely love these and might have to give them a try over the next few days as I am sure we have loads of old crayons lying about the place. Do I trust them with my hair dryer though 😉
These came out so gorgeous!! I’ve just pinned and clipped them and can’t wait to try it!
Nothing like a splash of colour on the walls to cheer things up! This looks like you all had a great time!
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Such beautiful effects. I have heat gun envy! I have used a hair dryer in the past but it blows the wax too much and I end up getting covered – as does most of the room! Pinned and clipped.
This is a lovely way to create art. I love the idea.
Wow, these artworks are beautiful! Great idea to hold onto the crayons while melting it with a blow dryer. We will have to try this technique soon 🙂
This looks like so much fun!
What a great idea! We always have loads of left-over crayons so this would be perfect for them….love how colourful it is.
They look amazing – would fit right in at many a modern art exhibition!
This looks totally awesome, I want something like this framed in my office… Time to get the old crayons out 🙂
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That looks fun to do and lovely to look at x x
We always end up with loadds of crayon stubs, which I just throw away. I’ll hang onto them now as this would be a great way to make use of them.
This is very cool, the final outcome looks amazing but I think there’s lots of fun to be had in the process as well. A great choice for older children.
Love how the end result looks! Such creativity, you are a super mum with your ideas! x
Oh wow this is awesome Jen, what a brilliant idea! POD would love to do this although I might need to confine her to the garden going no how much mess she normally makes with paint! Love it 🙂
Does it have to be on a canvas? Would sturdy paper work also? I might try it to see as I do not have cnvas on hand but think this would be fun craft for tomorrow.
I did melted crayon projects 35 years ago, using a hot tray, set on low. (this was back in the days of everyone getting a Salton Hot Tray for wedding/engagement gifts!!) I covered it with foil, and let the kids use crayons to draw their picture. If they wanted to write on their picture, it had to be mirror backwards….another skill to work on! The kindergartners had to hold the crayon upright. There was adult supervision for this. When finished, we put a piece of fabric on top and with an oven mitt pressed down to transfer the picture. Throw away (or clean) the foil and start all over again!