If you’re looking for an easy project that takes less than an hour (for young attention spans) that kids will love, try crayon wall art. Use your imagination and for under $10, you’ll create a masterpiece with melted crayons on a canvas.
- Glue & Glue Gun (you can use any type of glue)
- Painters Canvas (12×12 or 11×14 canvas is a great size)
- Embossing Heating Gun (you can find one for under $20 at your local craft store)
- Cardboard box
Gather up the crayon color combinations that you want to use in this project.
Begin gluing each crayon side by side in whatever formation you want them to go. I prefer to glue my crayons at the top of the canvas to give it a more uniform look but this is art, there is no right way to do it. Use your creativity.
Once your crayons are glued onto the canvas, you can begin the heating process. To get the look that I produced, I recommend putting your canvas in an open cardboard box so that it leans against one side of the box at an angle (plus having it in a box will prevent a mess).
Power on your heating tool and point it at an angle about 3-4 inches away from the tips of the crayons (pointing the heating tool too close to the crayons will cause it to splatter rather than drip downward). It may take up to 30-45 seconds to heat up the crayons and you will have to do this in sections as the heat won’t reach all the crayons at once. I like to point it at the tips only to prevent the heating tool from burning the crayon paper (it is much prettier to look at when the paper doesn’t burn). I usually heat the crayons until the tips melt away. **TIP – If you notice a little smoke coming from your project don’t worry, just pull the heating tool away for a few seconds or move on to another section of crayons to give the area a break before completing the melting process.
Take the show on the road and be the hero of your kid’s preschool class. Since this is an interdisciplinary project that taps into art and science and appeases curious, young minds, my son’s pre-k teacher let me lead his class in creating Crayon Wall Art.
I knew this would be fun, and the finished project pretty cool, but what I did not anticipate were the varying interpretations that the kids had of the art they created:
- An epic rainbow
- A melting rainbow a.k.a. Melty
- A dripping rainbow
- Melting colors
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
– Adding a little color to brighten your day, Thia