Melted Crayon Drip Art Project
Melted Crayon Drip Art Project
By: Michelle Kersey
Thanks to Pinterest, many months ago I pinned a melted crayon art project. It had a rainbow of crayons in their wrapper and melted wax down a canvas. It looked like a fun project!
This project has been on my mind, and when I was at JoAnn’s recently, I happened to go by the canvas section and saw they were 40% off!! With an extra 25% off coupon in hand, I took that as my cue to finally do it!
120 box of crayons (ended up buying an extra pack of 24 b/c I didn’t want to use purple, so I needed a few more. Otherwise, 120 would have been perfect for this size canvas.)
2oz bottle Black Acrylic paint
Various sized paint brushes
LOTS of glue sticks
Hanging hardware (OK, I didn’t use any b/c I realized it too late. Couldn’t hammer or screw into the back with crayons already glued on the front. Whoops.)
First step, decide if you want a design on the bottom. I searched online and found I liked the ones that had a silhouette more than just the melted crayons. I am not a painter, so I found silhouettes online, sized them to what I liked, printed, cut and traced them onto my canvas with a pencil. Install hanging hardware now before you forget, like I did, and it be too late.
Second, I arranged the crayons at the top. Tried a few different arrangements. Started with ROYGBIV but decided to mix it up a bit more. I ended up with putting greens/browns above the tree, yellow/orange above the lions, blues above the tiger (my son has a thing for blue tigers), and orange/reds above the lion and rock.
Third, I painted in the sketch. I used a fine brush loaded with paint to go around the edges first. The less detail in your sketch the easier it will be. I tried to paint whiskers on the lion, didn’t work but thankfully I was able to wash it off quickly. If your child is helping you, there may be some more “oops”. The rock wasn’t originally sketched like it ended up… had to fix an “oops” of a brush stroke gone too far.
Fourth, decide if you want the crayon wrappers on or off. I liked the coloration of having the crayons without the paper. So, I peeled, and peeled, and peeled.
Fifth, hot glue! You need to work quickly here, but do one crayon at a time. Put a fair amount of glue down on the canvas, place the crayon, then do the next. I had all crayon lined up and moved 5-10 off to the side at a time so I had plenty of room to put glue on the canvas.
Sixth, let dry. Mine sat overnight and I had no issues with the crayons falling off. Set up your melting station. If you have a heat gun, all the better, but I don’t. The crayons can/will splatter, so it’s best to have a safety net. I used a plastic drop cloth, worked great.
Seventh, heat up the crayons! I worked one section of colors at a time, sometimes jumping sections so that the colors had time to dry and didn’t meld together as much. The closer you are to the tips, the higher possibility the crayons will splatter. I tended to stay closer to the top. But did splatter a few for fun. Also followed some of the drips with the hair dryer to have them go further down the canvas.
Then, hang and enjoy!