Melted Crayon Art Tutorial

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We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming for a crafts tutorial today. If that’s not your thing, please skip this post and tune in again on Thursday for a delicious (and healthy) muffin recipe. I was hesitant to put up something that’s not food related, but I polled my Facebook fans and they strongly supported this post. If nothing else, enjoy some pretty rainbow photos…

You’ve seen it on Pinterest. They’re being sold on Etsy. These gorgeous melted crayon works of art have been all over the Internet. They’re not that hard to make and really fun, although they take a lot of time and can get boring (do it with a crafty friend if you can). I put together an easy step by step photo tutorial to help you make your own:

Supplies: you will need a canvashot glue gun, glue stick, a hair dryer, lots of crayons and newspaper. For a 16″x20″ canvas, I used 2 boxes of 64 crayons, plus some extras from a box of 24.

Of course, some colors get rejected, so you will end up with a box like this. I brought all the extras to my school, where I’m sure they’ll get used.

Step 1: Pick out the colors you want to use and line them up until you run out of space.

Step 2: Using a glue gun, make a line of glue across the crayons (if you want a certain part showing, like the label, be careful to put the glue on the opposite side). Quickly place onto canvas in a line, as shown below, with tips facing down.

This is how the canvas looked after 5 and 10 minutes.

Step 3: Line your floor with newspaper, place the canvas against the wall, and get your blow dryin’ on. I started out on high and warm settings on mine, and alternated with low at certain points. You have to experiment a little to see how your hair dryer works with melting the wax. It sometimes splatters a little, so be sure to cover the floor and surrounding wall, and turn to a lower setting if needed.

This is after 20 and 30 minutes.

I like to concentrate on one area at a time, working my way across the canvas. It takes 5-10 minutes on each area, with 4-5 areas across this 20″ canvas. Aim the heat right at the mid to bottom of the crayons (where the tips are). Once the wax starts melting, move the dryer around as needed to prevent splattering and get wax to go straight down.

This is after 50 and 60 minutes.

It took me about an hour to make it across the canvas, getting all the colors to melt sufficiently. Oddly, some colors melt much faster than others – any chemists out there know why? Yellow is particularly slow.

This is after an 70 and 80 minutes.

Step 4 (optional): After getting all the colors to melt, I went back over certain colors that I wanted to go further down the canvas. As you can see in the photo on the right, I aimed the heat at the middle of the canvas to melt some of the chunks of wax and get them to drip all the way to the bottom of the canvas.

And voila! You have a fun piece of art to hang on your wall. Of course you can try this with different color patterns instead of a rainbow.

Which colors would you use?

 

199 Responses to “Melted Crayon Art Tutorial”
  1. Janelle writes:

    I’ve pinned two different melted crayon art projects, but the one I really like is purposeful, not just melty. It’s here: http://pinterest.com/pin/140773990/

  2. Andrea writes:

    I’m glad you posted this! Really, really cool idea. If I did it, I might have used difference shades of purple, green, and cream.

  3. Andrea Rose writes:

    Wow, this is an awesome idea! I’ve made melted crayon crayons! As in, melting crayons to make new crayons in different shapes and colors. But this is a neat idea, I might just try this for a gift to someone! I think some cool colors would be some yellows, reds, pinks, and oranges. Or yellows and grays :)

  4. Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen writes:

    I love this idea! Crayons make me feel like I’m back in 2nd grade!

  5. Kari writes:

    How much of the crayon gets used in this process? would you be able to re-use for more pieces?

  6. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} writes:

    I know it’s not your regularly scheduled recipes but this is definitely a “recipe” that I love! That is so incredibly awesome! I’m so glad you decided to share it.
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  7. Stephanie writes:

    @Janelle – I love that one too! Turning melted green crayons into a garden is a great idea.

  8. Stephanie writes:

    @Andrea – that would be a lovely color scheme!

  9. Stephanie writes:

    @Andrea Rose – I think this would make a great gift.

  10. Stephanie writes:

    @Kat – haha totally!

  11. Stephanie writes:

    @Kari – it depends on the size of your canvas and how much you get to melt. You might be able to re-use some once.

  12. Stephanie writes:

    @Krista – it’s like a non-edible recipe. Glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Susie writes:

    WOW! That looks like a ton of fun. It looks super cool my son would love it.
    Susie recently posted Calamari – Kikkoman Kara-Age Review

  14. Stephanie writes:

    @Susie – it’s a lot of fun. I think it’d be fun to do with kids!

  15. Peggy writes:

    This is so awesome! I must live under a rock because this is the first I’m seeing of this – but you better believe once I have some free time, I’m getting myself a couple boxes of crayons =)
    Peggy recently posted Strawberry-Cucumber Salsa

  16. torviewtoronto writes:

    colourful art looks wonderful

  17. Michelle writes:

    Such a cool project!! The results are beautiful!
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  18. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time writes:

    I’ve never seen this before. I think it’s cool. Too bad I didn’t know earlier, when the temps here were close to 100. I could have just left the canvas outside and let the sun do the melting.

    I’d probably do a canvas in blues, greens and whites to match the sky, trees and clouds.
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  19. Brianna writes:

    Thats soooooo amazing. I want to try that on the top of my door!!!

  20. Pamela writes:

    Regarding the “How to Make Rainbow Crayon Art,” I am assuming that the crayon does not melt easily after being hung on walls – In looking at how long it took to melt the crayon? That would be my concern. But I LOVE this. And it’s easy to do.

  21. Stephanie writes:

    @Pamela – it took a little over an hour for the 16″x20″ shown in this post. It depends on how hot your hairdryer gets and how much you want them to melt.

  22. Emily writes:

    Great idea!!! Would this project work on sturdy cardstock or posterboard?

  23. Stephanie writes:

    @Emily – that’s a great question. I’m not sure but it’s worth a try. Let me know if you do try – now I’m really curious! If it’s a matter of cost, look for a Michael’s coupon or wait until they put canvases on sale – I got a 2 pack of 16″x20″ for $5 there!

  24. mjskit writes:

    Absolutely love it!
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  25. Elina (Healthy and Sane) writes:

    I LOVE this!! Definitely pinning it. So colorful and bright.

  26. Owen Hernandez writes:

    Excellent artwork ideas! I want color yellow with green, I think it is very much refreshing. Melting of crayons are such an excellent idea, and thanks for sharing this excellent ideas! Keep sharing!
    Owen Hernandez recently posted Bank Repossessed Cars

  27. Alyssa writes:

    The yellow crayons have larger pigments than the other crayons, so they melt slower! Naples yellow has one of the largest pigments, imagine how slow it would have been

  28. cathi carpenter writes:

    SUPER awesome!!! I am already thinking of colors…my living room area is all browns and blacks…so I don’t know….I love this! Maybe all in BLUES for my son’s room….

  29. Darla writes:

    Just made one last night and posted it this morning.
    Darla recently posted Crayons Aren’t Just For Children…(a borrowed idea)

  30. Katherine writes:

    I saw this on Pinterest, what a cool idea! This would look great in the playroom!

  31. Jaybee writes:

    Love this so much I made two already :)

  32. melissa writes:

    make sure you use crayola crayons. I used dollar store type and they did not work at all! very disappointed.. thats what i get for trying to go the cheap route i guess! :)

  33. Lisa Whitmer writes:

    What a great idea Janelle – thank you for taking the time to post picture. My daughter and her friend are working on this now and are LOVING it!! I wanted to come up with an idea for them to use up the browns & blacks left over. -LMW in Burke, VA

  34. Tami writes:

    I used an embossing tool to melt the crayons and it went fairly quick. Plus, the air is not as strong as a blow dryer.

  35. Stephanie writes:

    @Tami – that’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  36. Mel the Crafty Scientist writes:

    I absolutely LOOOVE this idea and project and how it turned out! I cannot wait to make one! I also wanted to tell you that I featured you over at my blog here. Please feel free to grab a featured button if you want!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  37. Miranda Blackstone writes:

    I did one of these and hung it in my living room, everyone whose seen it loves it! I also did one with some of the reject colors…I bought a black canvas and did the same thing with white and silver crayons and it looks pretty cool.

  38. kathy bunkofske writes:

    this black canvas and the silver and white sounds absolutely amazing!!!
    thanks for sharing this idea also:)

  39. kathy bunkofske writes:

    Stephanie–i am completely new to this kind of a craft. do you just use a real canvas=like you paint on or what? would their be a “technical name” for it? that way when i went into the store to ask for it -they would know what i was talking about! thanks you so much. love this idea =can’t wait to share with my granddaughters:)
    kathyb

  40. Stephanie writes:

    @Kathy – yes, a real canvas like one you would paint on. You can ask for a canvas at a crafts store like Michael’s – they have a whole aisle full of them. Have fun!

  41. Monica writes:

    Some other sites say to peel the paper off the crayons first, did you do this? Any idea if the Glitter or Metallic crayons would melt like this?

  42. Stephanie writes:

    @Monica – I left the paper on the crayons. It doesn’t interfere with the melting process and I like the way it looks with the paper on. I don’t know if the glitter or metallic crayons melt as well, but they would look really cool if they do!

  43. Hisham Soliman writes:

    great idea, I would prefer it with the paper off.

  44. Joanna writes:

    Hi, this is a great idea, but what if I wanted to take the crayons off the top of the canvass, would I just glue them without the paper?

  45. Stephanie writes:

    @Joanna – if you want to take the crayons off after, I would attach them with something less permanent (like tape).

  46. COLLEEN writes:

    YOU CAN USE DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE AS WELL. YOU MIGHT WANT TO ADD GLASS BEADS OR SEQUINS OR SPARKLE. GOOGLE THEA HAUBRICK ENCAUSTICS AND JOIN. THEN POST YOUR VIDEO. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ADD IT MYSELF.

  47. Tarey Azbell writes:

    Hello. I seen this on Pinterest. Love it!!! Try melting crayons in a silicone mold for different crayon shapes. Great for little kids so they can hold onto them better. Also you can make your own colors by doing this. =)

    I can totally see this project being done for a baby’s room…esp pink for a girl…different shades. =) Love it! You can also re-wrap the crayons with your own labels…maybe with a child’s name or something printed off of the computer…or do the alphabet? This can be done in so many ways! =)

  48. Lizzie writes:

    Great idea! Do you think this would work on a piece of wood rather then a canvas?

  49. Stephanie writes:

    @Lizzie – I haven’t tried it on wood but I think it would work. Worth a try!

  50. COLLEEN writes:

    THE TECHNICAL TERM IS ENCAUSTIC. THEREFORE, ONCE YOU GOOGLE ENCAUSTIC OR ENCAUSTICS YOU WILL NEVER LOOK BACK. GENERALLY ONE WOULD USE BEESWAX. I DIE MY BEESWAX WITH CRAYONS, OIL PAINTS, WATERCOLOURS, WHATEVER. THIS IS A VERY ADDICTIVE HOBBY. MANY REQUIRE A TORCH GUN, AS IN CREME BRULEE TORCH GUN, AND A HOT AIR GUN, TO GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE AN ARTIST. AND THIS STUFF SELLS.

  51. Tammy writes:

    Ok, so I did this with an ‘off’ brand (been sitting in basement, not getting used) and it DID NOT melt like the Crayola brand did. It was a watery-wax substance that melted off, not the actual color. Just a heads up so no one else makes the same mistake I did!

  52. Stephanie writes:

    @Tammy – oh no! That’s really good to know, thank you for sharing with us.

  53. Rebeka Green writes:

    Juat tried this amazing project and it turned out beautiful!!! I love it:)

    One tip that I would give is to use a propane blow torch instead of a hair dryer. It goes much faster and the colors drip straight down instead of splattering:)

  54. Stephanie writes:

    @Rebeka – what a great tip! I hadn’t thought of using a torch. Thanks for sharing :)

  55. COLLEEN writes:

    YES. A CREME BRULLE TORCH. THEY ARE EXPENSIVE. TONIGHT I PICKED UP A BIC BRIQUET MEGA LIGHTER INEXPENSIVE. SO I WILL SEE HOW THIS WORKS FOR SHELLAC AND BURN ON CANVAS.

  56. Tricia writes:

    fab picture….would love to try this out… did you make flowers from crayons also? How?

  57. Stephanie writes:

    @Tricia – I’ve never made a flower one, but one that I saw used crayons in the color of stems and melted a few of those, then turned it upside down and glued on fake flowers to the ends of the wax drips.

  58. Will writes:

    I just did this project and it took about an hour. I used the same hair dryer and the only problem I had was that I was a little impatient and wound up splattering some of the wax. I’d be interested in seeing how this look after an hour under a heat lamp.

  59. Casey writes:

    The darker colors melt faster because they have more dye in them. I did a science fair project once with candles like that. Its the same with candles.

  60. Adriana writes:

    I’m thinking about doing this project for my daughters room with pinks and browns to match her bed set. I’m wondering if I can tape off her name in the middle of the canvas and peel it off after it has dried.. I plan on using a shorter wide canvas and a heat gun since I’m inpatient!

  61. dangela writes:

    I tried this and found that the crayon after it dried it started to peel in places. Do you have any suggestions?

  62. sonia writes:

    that is totally wicked!!!!!!!!!! i have so gotta try that!!!! but eeps.. i dunno if i can let go of my crayons xD ….

  63. Logan writes:

    This looks awesome i want to try it but im afraid of messing it up. :/

  64. Jasmine writes:

    “Since darker colored objects absorb more energy, the albedo of a darker crayon is probably lower than the albedo of a lighter crayon. This means the darker crayon, while absorbing more energy, will heat up faster than the lighter crayon. ”

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_the_color_of_crayon_affect_it's_melting_rate

  65. Yael writes:

    that is so very cool!!!!!
    Yael recently posted eons… i know….

  66. Jenny writes:

    very cool! I love the abstract-ness of this project, and BTW very nice step by step tutorial! Another fun way to use crayons is to put them in a mini-muffin tin and set them on an electric griddle. It keep them melted at a constant temp so you can “paint” with them. I save bit of crayons, think I’ll give this a try! Thanks for posting.

  67. Cassie writes:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t wait to do some! I’ve got some friends who are completely into my little pony I’m thinking I’ll be using some of those color patterns for a few gifts :)

  68. Alice writes:

    If people don’t like the “splatter” effect using the blow dryer – I highly recommend doing this project on a sunny/hot summer day! Glue the crayons like so, then place the canvas tilted however you want outside and leave it out in the sun for a while – that way the wax drips in one direction! :) Lovely tutorial!

  69. Christy writes:

    I am expecting a girl in 9 weeks 2 days (but who’s counting) this is going to be in her room as art work. I CAN”T Wait to do it! Thanks for the WONDERFUL tutorial!

  70. Colleen writes:

    My bf Matt and I make custom melted crayon artwork. If you’d like to check it out, here’s a link: http://thegrandcrayonyon.tumblr.com – Thank you! :)

  71. Stephanie C writes:

    Do you think if I painted a canvas the wax would stick?

  72. Margrett Diven writes:

    Using colors like that makes an interesting project. There are many color to choose from and choosing them in a specific order will make a big difference. Just like paint for your home when decorating.

  73. garrett writes:

    i used the idea for a cool valentines gift for my girlfriend.
    -she loved it of course ;) thanks!

    heres a link to how it turned out:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150600168578168&set=a.10150168364968168.319042.525203167&type=1&theater

  74. nicolesherri writes:

    i am so excited to try this but i was wondering how do i ‘fix’ so that is doesn’t reactivate on the wall and onto my daughters floor.

  75. Stephanie writes:

    @nicolesherri – I’ve had mine hanging on the wall since I made it and it’s been fine. It has to be really really hot for the crayons to melt so it shouldn’t melt onto your floor.

  76. kathy bunkofske writes:

    since i found this site-my granddaughters and i have made four of these:) the girls and their mom went home and make ” Christmas pictures” for their teachers:) they are going to make one for their dance teacher by putting a silouhette on the canvas and melt the crayons around it. then remove the piece when done! OH and i found these canvas’ at Wal Mart–a 3 pack of 16X20 for about $5.00. they also had bigger and smaller sizes–i wouldn’t recommend smaller though

  77. Stephanie writes:

    @kathy – what a great teacher present! I bet they loved them. Thanks for the tip about cheap canvases.

  78. Nick writes:

    Would you be able to create shapes with melting crayons, and is that difficult? I was also thinking about using oil pastels I was wondering if anyone has already tried that? Thanks.

  79. Stephanie writes:

    @Nick – what kinds of shapes? See this heart shape. I think that would be relatively easy to do. I’ve never tried this with oil pastels so I have no idea if they melt like crayons. If you give it a try, come back an let us know how it works!

  80. Nick writes:

    I was thinking more of the shape of a brain, but the heart helped me out a bunch. I tried out oil pastels and they dont work the same and leave huge oil stains. I am working on an art project and this is part of my experimentation. THank you though for posting abouit melting crayons I really needed your assistance.

  81. Evan writes:

    Your kids would get a lot more mileage out of the crayons if they were used for their intended purpose… this is so wasteful.

  82. Leah writes:

    Evan go away. this is awesome

  83. Nikol writes:

    Im no wiz at this I’m only in 7th grade but i think that the yellow melted slow because lighter colors absorb less heat then darker colors so i assume that your dark colors melted fast.

  84. Anne writes:

    I used a heat gun and it went fast and worked great!

  85. Bailey writes:

    I made this too. It splatter ALOT. I got hot wax on my leg too. It was fun though. me and my friend drew an unmbrella with a dog and made the wax drip off it like rain. So fun.

  86. Taylor writes:

    I used this concept for a school project where I used it for a header for a project board and I used black gray and brown because it was for a book report about a book about human evil and darkness which lurks in all of us.

  87. Courtney writes:

    my crayons began to melt almost immediately but I guess that means my dryer gets really hot. it only took me about 15 minutes to complete the melting It was very funny to have my puppy watch me and when i was done i sat it flat to dry she walked across it causing a small puppy print in the middle of the wax very cute luckily the wax was not very hot just warm enough to squish a little at her paw print =]

  88. COLLEEN writes:

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  91. Cece writes:

    Wow, this is so cool I finally found a place that explains the process

  92. Janis writes:

    That is very cool!

  93. Ella writes:

    This is kool

  94. Danielle writes:

    I actually just used a glue stick, and it worked fine~! (cheap alternatives GO.)

  95. Lily writes:

    OMG! I did this i took five hours but it turned out great1 Thx!

  96. Lily writes:

    OMG! I did this i took five hours but it turned out great1 Thx!

  97. Sandra writes:

    I saw one of these at my son’s dentist office but it was done with green and brown crayons, then they put little flowers on it turned upside down, it looked awesome. I can’t wait to try it, thank you!

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  100. Sha Mancha writes:

    Keep working ,fantastic job!

  101. memaw writes:

    looks pretty cool

  102. Crafty Mama of 2 writes:

    My 6 year old & I are doing this TODAY!! With record high temps (102) here in Colorado, we thought we would try it a few different ways! Leaving it outside to see what happens! We have another canvas that we are going to use a heat gun (the kind that is used to put shrink wrap on a box)(one of my many tools that I personally own for crafts, etc) I cant wait to see the results. It is going to look amazing on our wall of art. My hubby & his mom are artists (he with oil paint & she with chalk), however, I, CRAFT. So, our daughter gets it from the both of us! We have lots of birthday’s coming up, and we like to bring home made presents. This will be a wonderful gift for anyone of all ages. (I think I just crossed off everyone on my christmas list for this year with this amazing idea)!!! Thank you so much for posting it on pinterest (a crafters dream of finding new and creative ideas)

  103. Josh writes:

    So my best friend and I have done a couple of these over the past two days. Worked perfectly. Except it didn’t take an hour and a half for it to melt. Maybe took us 10-15 mins.

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  105. Sydney writes:

    This project was GREAT for me on a rainy day, thank you so much for the thorough tutorial and mine came out great! Thanks again!

  106. Sorcha Donnelly writes:

    Hey!
    With regards to your melted crayon tutorial, I’m looking forward to trying this myself, however i have heard that only Crayola Crayons work- can you confirm this??
    Many thanks, Sorcha

  107. Stephanie writes:

    @Sorcha – yes, I used Crayola and I’ve heard that cheaper brands don’t melt as well.

  108. Kim Hyman writes:

    Loved this project. I intend to hang it in my elementary art room. I used only the primary and secondary colors to emphasize the color wheel. I also did a free form one working with one color at a time, I held it in my hand and rotated the canvas for a more abstract design. Line work was very simple to achieve. Really interesting results and so much fun!

  109. sarah writes:

    what was the glue stick for??

  110. Stephanie writes:

    @sarah – the glue stick goes into the glue gun, which is used to adhere the crayons to the canvas.

  111. Lauren writes:

    This is such a great tutorial! The wording and pictures combined make it easy to follow the step by step process. I’m relatively new to the blogging world and I recently started a crayon art blog. I’m trying to do a step by step tutorial and would love your feedback. http://www.themeltedcrayon.blogspot.com

  112. Lomosio writes:

    Oh wow I loved this so much I just had to try it out for myself. I couldn’t believe just how simple it was and soooo much fun too.

    Check out mine:

    http://lomosio.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/crayon-art/
    Lomosio recently posted Crayon Art

  113. Kristin writes:

    I wonder if it’s possible to break off the glued crayons and replace them with new ones so that the crayons have the tips and it seems like a seamless flow between a good crayon and the melted crayon?

  114. Stephanie writes:

    @Kristin – I don’t see why not. I would probably use either just a dot of hot glue or use a less permanent adhesive so they’re easier to break off.

  115. Kristen writes:

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    I do crayon art and sell it! I’ve posted pics of a few I’ve done an other things I do!

  116. rads writes:

    should we use wax crayons or oil pastels?

  117. mary writes:

    I love this idea! This would make the perfect give for anyone! :)
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  118. Riane writes:

    I did this using 4 smaller canvases and then hung them in kind of a spiral pattern above my bed. Each canvas is a different color scheme. So cool!! Quick and easy…and the smaller canvases take much less time to melt. I got a two pack at Walmart for about $3 and bought two. I used two 64 packs of crayons (with some “unwanted” colors leftover)

  119. Stephanie writes:

    @rads – wax crayons. Crayola brand is best.

  120. Ashley writes:

    I tried a version of this with a stenciling technique, check it out!
    http://whybeo.blogspot.com/

  121. Kallie writes:

    Check out my website. Crayon art for sale!:)
    http://www.kallieskrayons.weebly.com
    I’m so passionate about crayon art!

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  124. Gina writes:

    I am doing this for my daughter as a surprise for her dorm room. It will be in shades of blue (her favorite color) and I am going to use crayons we have from her 12 years of school. We have a HUGE tub of them and I thought it would be cool to use ones that she had actually colored with when she was younger. The canvas I have is pretty big, so I may have to supplement with some new ones. I am super excited to try this – thanks for the tutorial.

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  127. Della writes:

    Hi! I’m so amazed with your artwork. It’s such a great artwork! :D <3 I think I'd like to make one by myself. This tutorial is really helpful for my next artwork. Thank you so much:)
    I wanna ask you some questions to prevent some failures in proccess of making this melted crayon art. You mention that you use a hot glue gun for making this art work, i don't know exactly what's a hot glue gun because I barely find it on supermarket (it's quite hard to find it in my hometown, anyway). So, I wanna replace a hot glue gun with an ordinary glue stick. Is it work if I use an ordinary glue stick to adhere the crayons? If it's okay, Is it less-sticky and less permanent than a hot glue gun does?

  128. Stephanie writes:

    @Della – a glue gun is much stronger than a glue stick. A glue stick won’t provide a strong enough bond. You might be able to use something like tacky glue, but I don’t know if that will hold up. Can you order a glue gun online? Here’s a link to one at Amazon that comes with glue sticks.

  129. Carolyn writes:

    How did you get the colors to blend so well at the top? I have a lot of white space on my canvas.

  130. Stephanie writes:

    @Carolyn – without being there, I’m not sure why you ended up with so much white space. My crayons have always melted straight down with less than an inch of white space. It might have something to do with the angle you held the dryer or the power of it. If it blows on the crayons too hard or hot, they tend to splatter more.

  131. Carolyn writes:

    Ok, thanks. I’ll keep trying. What angle seems best? Or did you find you had to move around? I noticed once the first drip went down all the other drips followed the same path leaving spaces. Maybe my dryer is too hot.

  132. Carolyn writes:

    I figured out the problem. I was using a small canvas to do a trial run. It needs to melt more in order to cover more space between each crayon. Thanks for the tutorial. It was very helpful!

  133. Stephanie writes:

    @Carolyn – so glad you figured it out! That’s good to know. Thanks for coming back and letting everyone know what went wrong.

  134. Lizzie writes:

    Hi this is amazing but i would like to know a few things like where did you get a canvas at? And does it matter on the type of crayon used?

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  136. Stephanie writes:

    @ Lizzie – you can buy canvases at any art or craft supply store (I got some at Michael’s). I recommend Crayola crayons because they melt the best. There are links to where you can buy a canvas and crayons online in the post (under the second photo).

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  140. Bette A. Stevens writes:

    I love art… This is awesome! THANKS. Bette

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    Thanks again Serena. It was fun and a pleasure to participate.

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  144. Anna writes:

    I would love to do this myself. I just need to get a hot glue gun…

  145. Anisha writes:

    does the wax peel off after some time?

  146. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Anisha, sometimes a small bit will peel off, but I’ve had mine for for almost a year and a half and they’re pretty much fully intact.

  147. l8n writes:

    i DID THIS! CHECK OUT MY VIDEO! LIKE IT TOO :))) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN5NQv_6w1M

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  149. Ronnie writes:

    I suggest glueing the CANVAS and not the crayon. I did it on the crayon first and it didn’t stick. All it did was peel the wrapper off the crayon. But other than that, I had/created two beautiful pieces of art!!! Thank you for this!

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  153. Judy Cooper writes:

    What a beautiful art project! I’m going to reference this on a future post I will be doing on Fun Art Professor. The post will probably be titled, “Color My World”.

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  155. charlotte pulo writes:

    i did this at home i had a few hick-ups a long the way but it turned up awesome !!!

  156. Heidi writes:

    The reason why dark colors melt faster is because you notice when you wear black and dark colors in the sun your hotter than if your wearing brighter colors!!

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  158. Debora Wayson writes:

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  159. Janice writes:

    Word of advise….try the embossing tool that stampers use. It like a hair blow dryer but it’s hotter & doesn’t blow as hard. I’ll give it a try to see how it works. Probably won’t take as long as well as not as messing if you want individual drips down the canvas.

  160. Lexi writes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQFiEYvmaaQ look at this video on how to melt crayons! :)

  161. naomi writes:

    I have done this for my art; I love the results ! However using card and paper, the crayons dry and crack badly; doea the canvas ensure this wont happen ? Please help .. Thanks

  162. Janice writes:

    The embossing tool worked beautifully. You have more control on the drips to the crayons. And yes, doing it on canvas will protect it from cracking. I tried it on paper & used a punch to add a heart and I had to then reheat the heart to mend the cracks. I liked that each crayon dripped individually.

  163. Katri writes:

    An amazing idea!! I’m definitely trying this! :)

  164. Mikayla writes:

    This was really helpful u should do more on crafts

  165. Craigie writes:

    3 additional tips I would like to submit per my experience:

    1. Before starting, paint the canvas the same color as the wall behind it. This gives the effect that the crayons were actually melted ON the wall (not to give kids any ideas!) but without the mess.

    2. Apply the glue directly to the CANVAS, then quickly stick the crayon on before it cools, not on the crayon itself. This saves a lot of time and avoids burns from the hot glue.

    3. When the wax has hardened, take a rag (or brush) and daub a glossy polyeurathane over the crayons–it gives them a very lusterous shine and brings out the pop of colors.

    Have fun!!!!!!!

  166. Camilla writes:

    Wow! That is so cool! Thanx so much for posting this:D

  167. Kalina writes:

    Darker colors tend to be better insulators (conduct heat better) because they absorb more of the things around them (such as light) than the lighter colors do. Remember, when you see something that’s red, for example, that object is absorbing every color except red, which it is reflecting to your eyes. The darker colors tend to be a combination of more colors, therefore reflecting off less light and coming off as dark. I assume it works the same way with heat. Try it. Get two full-size ice cubes and two sheets of construction paper (one black and one white) and set them outside in direct sunlight, one ice cube on each sheet. You’ll see that the ice cube on the black paper melts faster.

  168. Toya R writes:

    what a great idea. now I know what to do with all the left over crayons now that my children don’t need them.

  169. Emma yehl writes:

    I love how it looks I want to do that now

  170. Riley writes:

    i tryed this but i did not have that many crayons and it was going to be a mothers day gift but i guess i cant get it right :-(

  171. Zoe writes:

    Hey. i was looking at your tutorial and how expensive are the glue guns because i was thinking mybey in stead of that could i just use PVA glue. I really want to try this out but dont have a glue gun. Would PVA glue still work?
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  172. Melissa Bacon Rolland writes:

    Hi! I used to work at HEP when you did. Nice to find you here! I am going to get my craft on. :) Hope you’re doing well!

  173. Julie writes:

    I actually tried it on my blog http://julielesbottes.blogspot.fr/2013/06/arc-en-ciel-de-crayons-gras-fondus.html Not really what I expected! Plus the glue melted as well and some of the crayons fell down. I had to take all of them out in the end. But I’ll try again! Thanks for the tuto.
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  174. Carolyn writes:

    Julie, You should try using a bigger canvas and Crayola crayons.

  175. Lauren writes:

    I love what you did here! I’m totally gonna try. I have 32 CRAYOLA crayons. I saw Julie’s mistake. Crayola crayons are the best brand to use for something like this- in my opinion.

  176. c. writes:

    i did my melted crayon art the same (horizontal) way. But, I am going to hang up the painting vertically so the melted crayon looks like it is coming from the side. Do you know a really good way to hang up the painting, because I’ve tried about 4-5 times and it always ends up lop-sided due to its weight. PLEASE HELP ME STEPHANIE!!!! :)

  177. Siesie writes:

    I’m no chemist, but I think yellow melts slower because of the wax-pigment ratio. Since yellow is a light color, not as much pigment is needed, so the wax is harder. I’m guessing a highly saturated color like red, or a really dark color like purple, would melt more easily because of the high pigmentation.

    But this is just my guess–I could’ve completely wrong!

  178. James writes:

    Anyone looking at doing this, Walmart is selling 8-shade packs of each color group for $0.79 in the back-to-school section! I picked up a few of each color group so I could do this and not have leftover colors!

  179. Jennifer writes:

    I wanna know you did it so perfectly. How many attempts before you got it like this? I just did it and it looks nothing like your pictures

  180. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Hi Jennifer, I did it once before taking photos for this post, but it turned out the same way. What does yours look like? It could have something to do with your heat source.

  181. Pragati writes:

    Will super glue work as well as a hot glue gun?

  182. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Pragati, I’ve never tried super glue, so I’m not sure how the heat will affect it. Sorry I can’t be more helpful! If you give it a try, let us know how it works.

  183. maria f. writes:

    Just to let you know I gave you a shout out on my blog today:

    http://rieslingmama.blogspot.de/2013/09/playing-with-crayons.html

  184. Stephanie Nuccitelli writes:

    Thanks Maria! :)

  185. jojo johnson writes:

    this is so cool it makes me feel like I am in the 1frst grade… :)

  186. Anna writes:

    Thanks!!! I’ve been waiting to do this craft FOREVER!!! And I couldn’t find a tutorial :)

  187. Haley B writes:

    using this method with blue and yellow crayons to create a night sky for a project! so excited!

  188. mirren writes:

    Is this crayon art better with the crayon with the pointy ends or the straight circle ends? thanks xx

  189. Roxanne writes:

    I have done this awesome art idea but i am wondering if there us something that you can spray on it to take the wax smell away? We made a very large canvas using 80 crayons. Any suggestions would be great!

  190. Katie writes:

    great and helpful

  191. Rubie Grayson writes:

    I just did this with my daughter this week and it was so much fun. I shared your link with others and hopefully your readers will like my artwork too.

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  193. Someone who does crayon art writes:

    You asked why some crayons melt slower than others and that would be due to the pigments in the crayons, different colors will take less time to melt than others, I have found that browns are probably the slowest though I also use a heat gun which heats them up a lot quicker

    it is also important to note that you shouldn’t take your crayon art piece out into freezing weather… cracks them up, I learned that the hard way

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  195. Denise writes:

    Does anyone know where I can buy crayons in bulk? I don’t want to buy so many boxes of crayons if I want to use only a few different colors.

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  197. Amber Tebben writes:

    I have seen this idea in many place before and even seen a classmate try it and it has worked! I am really tempted to try it as the end result looks very cool, but haven’t had the time and I’m worried it won’t turn out as nice as the ones I’ve seen. I especially like how you included materials and the steps you need in order to do this project. They were very simple and easy to understand. I like how you found a good use for the color choices that didn’t make the cut for your canvas. This way you aren’t wasting something you spent money on and they are getting well used. It sounds like covering the area in which you will be working is also a must as it sounds like the wax splatters a bit while melting it. Including your approximate times will help those people who have never done it before estimate the time it will take them. That is sometimes nice to have because it could seem like it will never melt after the first couple minutes. It is nice to know that hot glue worked for you because I know of a few people where it has not! Again, creative idea! I hope to try it very soon!

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  199. pickles writes:

    The yellow melts slower because there is less pigment in it but the red probably melted faster because there is more pigment in it

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