Have you gotten some ridiculously cheap crayons in recent days because of all of the back-to-school sales?
I know I have! Of course my 3 year old loves them – but she can’t use 10+ boxes! Some I gave to a friend for her upcoming wedding (to use as kids entertainment during the reception.) A few boxes I kept for myself for this fun project I’m going to show you for today’s Frugal Craft project.
I was inspired by some similar melting crayon art I saw on Pinterest.
Here is what I did:
I ordered a couple of 8″ x 10″ blank canvases from Amazon. I chose a color scheme of blues, blacks, white, gray & silver for my melting crayon art. I hot glued the crayons to a piece of card stock in the order I wanted them.
I used a heat gun (not sure if a blow dryer gets hot enough or not. Anyone try it?) and just held the crayon palate over the canvas, and let the wax ooze and drip down the canvas.
The crayon wax wasn’t evenly spreading across the canvas, so I started shaking it, swirling it, dripping it, and other random movement “techniques” to make the canvas completely covered with the melted crayons.
The entire time though, I held the crayon palate in the horizontal place, just moved it up and down vertically so the same color would make a “strip” down the canvas. The shaking/swirling created a much more fun design than just a strip of color, and I love the way they turned out!
It was a fun project – as you don’t really know what the final design will be when you are done. I was able to make 2 using the same crayons. Not sure if there would be enough crayon wax for a third or not.
A note of caution – if you attempt this – be sure to cover the area you are working on well as melted crayon wax as a tendency to end up in places that it shouldn’t! Just ask my carpet! 🙂 (don’t worry, I managed to get it cleaned up though.)
I took advantage of this Photo Canvas deal not too long ago. I couldn’t resist after the awesome pic I got of my hubby and me watching the sunset on our recent camping trip.
This trio of wall art now hangs in our bedroom. I just love it! And I love coming up with creative uses for items I get dirt cheap/free from using coupons!
Have any ideas similar to this melting crayon art of your own? Please send them my way for possible posting!
Find more Frugal Craft Projects here – Especially this Toilet Paper Roll Wreath!
I’m linking up to: Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday, The Frugal Girls, Mommy Club Wednesday, & One Creative Weekend!