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.
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 makes us happy.
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!
Melted Crayon Art
- 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 crayons into a bowl of warm water to make removing the papers from them as easy as possible.
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 heat 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.
You can see more of the creative process on the video we made together.
I love that Maxi really enjoyed making these 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