Need a super friendly teenage craft? Try melting crayon art, a fun colorful way to really create a beautiful piece of 3D art! See full instructions on how to create melted crayon art using a canvas and a heat gun and be sure to watch our video below!
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Supplies Needed for Melted Crayon Art
- White Canvas or Black Canvas (available on Amazon, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby)
- Heat Gun with Variable Settings
- Huge Box of Crayons
Design Melted Crayon Art
For this piece of art, we simply wanted to use a tree and the crayon colors as the “fall” leaves. A tree is also a super basic drawing, so start small with a black sharpie and build up a tree, adding branches as you go. The more branches, the more colors you can add as leaves.
Other ideas for great designs (depending on how talented you are with drawing skills):
- Lions Mane
- On top of an Umbrella
- Rain Cloud
How to Create Melted Crayon Art
First draw out your design on a canvas. It doesn’t need to be perfect!
Peel all the colors of crayons you are going to use.
Hold the tip of the crayon OVER your canvas where you want the color to “drip” and turn heat gun on LOW and slowly heat the crayon till it drops wax.
Move around canvas, switching between colors.
Let completely dry and harden, which leaves a 3D effect on canvas.
How to Make Melted Crayon Art (Video)
See how we did melted crayon art on TikTok!
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Melted Crayon Art Tips
Will Melted Crayon Art work on Paper? Any time I am working with HEAT, I try to stay away from paper. Using a canvas ensures that no paper will catch on fire.
Can you use a blow dryer over a heat gun? We did test out using a blow dryer, but it just takes too long. Heat guns are available at Lowes or here on Amazon and have a low and high setting. Additionally heat guns heat up FAST and make melting crayons super easy.
Melted crayon got on the floor and harded…is there a way to get it off? Its important to do crafts in a safe place and typically not over carpet (and this holds true whether its slime, tie dye, or paint). Our house is tile and some melted crayon DID get on the tile, so we simple reheated with the heat gun for a few seconds and wiped away with a dryer paper towel.
Can you do Melted Crayon Art in the Sun? Yes! Using a cheese grater or potato peeler, shave your crayons down. Place on canvas drawing and lay in hot sun until melted. Then bring in to dry and harden. This makes the craft elementary school safe.
This effect was made by using a dry paper towel and wiping the melted crayon, while still hot, down the canvas.
Melted Crayon Art
- Heat Gun
- Box of Crayons
- Draw a design on a canvas. Ideas include a tree, butterfly, rainbow, umbrella, rain cloud or heart. The sky is teh limit on your creativity!
- Peel crayon paper back on all colors that the project will use.
- Turn heat gun on low and point at edge of crayon, letting slowly melt over the canvas design.
- Use the melted crayon to drip onto canvas slowly.
- Once satisfied with the outcome of the melted crayons, let canvas completely dry for a 3D look. The wax should stick to the canvas and the canvas art should be able to be hung once dry.
If you have questions regarding this craft, please leave us a comment!
~Trisha and Charlotte