Melting Crayon Art

Melting Crayon Art

Melting Crayon Art

Melting crayon art is one of the latest art crazes to sweep the internet. The process involves gluing crayons on a piece of canvas and then melting them with a blow dryer or heat gun. The result is a unique piece of colorful art. This arts and craft project has exploded over the past year, resulting in thousands of people posting photos and videos of their crayon art on the internet, and selling it on sites like eBay and Etsy. Melting crayon art is easy to do, even for an amature or first time artist. It's also a craft project that you can get creative with in a number of ways. Here you will find instructions, tips, photos and videos on melting crayon art.

How to Make Melting Crayon Art

Framed Crayon Art

Melting crayon art is an easy art project that doesn't require a lot of supplies or skills. Go ahead, give it a try! Bring out your inner artist and create a colorful masterpiece of your own.

Supplies Needed to Make Melting Crayon Art:

  • Canvas
  • Crayons 
  • Glue or hot glue gun
  • Hair dryer or heat gun

Directions for Making Melting Crayon Art:

  1. Prepare your work space. Put down some plastic or newspaper.
  2. Lay your canvas flat and glue the crayons in a row at the top of the canvas. Omit the black and brown crayons for this project.
  3. Prop your canvas upright against something, like the wall, so the wax will run downward on the canvas when you melt it. 
  4. Put your hair dryer on the hottest setting but the lowest blowing setting so the melted wax doesn't blow all over the place.
  5. Hold the hair dryer in a downward position over the crayons so the wax runs down the canvas when melting. 

*Helpful tips are posted below.

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Melting Crayon Art Video

Melting Crayon Art Products

To make melting crayon art you will need:

  • Canvas
  • Crayons (Crayola brand crayons work best)
  • Glue to glue the crayons on the canvas
  • Hair dryer or a heat gun like the one pictured below.
Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue, 4-Ounce, Clear
Elmers Products, INC $2.99
Crayola 120ct Original Crayons
Crayola $14.40

You can't make melting crayon art without crayons! Crayola brand crayons are the best type of crayons to use for this projects. Other brands just don't melt as nicely as the Crayola crayons do.

Melted Crayon Heart

How To Make A Melting Crayon Heart

A step-by-step video tutorial on how to make a melting crayon heart.

Floral Melted Crayon Art


Floral Melted Crayon Art

Be creative with your melting crayon art. You can incorporate other items into your art, such as plastic flowers, foam shapes, cutouts, twigs, seashells, glitter and more. The ideas are endless!

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Black or White Canvas?

This video will show you how to melt the crayons with a hair dryer, and what the crayons look like on a black canvas compared to a white canvas.

Black Canvas

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Melting Crayon Art Tips

  • Be sure to put a plastic bag or some newspapers under the canvas before you start melting the crayons. Melted wax is not easy to remove from floors and carpets. 
  • Crayola brand crayons work the best. There is a big difference in the way Crayola and cheap off brand name crayons melt. Crayola will give you the best results.  
  • You can use a hair dryer but a heat gun works best. It gets hotter than a hair dryer and melts the crayons faster.
  • If you use a hair dryer instead of a heat gun, use it on the hottest setting but on the lowest blowing setting so it won't blow the wax all over. 
  • Maneuver the hair dryer in the direction you want the wax to flow. 
  • In some tutorials it has been suggested to tape the crayons to the canvas instead of gluing them. Don't do that. Glue works best.

Melting Crayon Art

Crayon Art

Melting crayon art is bright, bold and colorful. It livens up any room you hang it in. Now that you've made your melting crayon art, where are you going to hang it? Here are a few suggestions....

  • Baby's nursery
  • Child or teenagers bedroom
  • Home
  • Office
  • Playroom
  • Place of business
  • Place of business that caters to children, such as a clothing store for children
  • Classroom
Make Melting Crayon Art For:

  • Yourself
  • Gifts for family and friends
  • Teachers
  • Business Associates
  • Gifts for new parents / babies
  • Wedding gifts
  • To sell at craft fairs
  • To sell on Esty, Amazon or eBay
  • Party activity
  • Rainy day project
  • Holiday decorations (melt black and orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, red, white and blue for Independence Day and so on)

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Crayon Tote Bags and Crayon Keepers

Tote bags and crayon keepers are a great way to keep all your crayons organized and handy....and allow you to take your crayons wherever you go. 

These totes can be personalized with a name or other text message. Personalization is free. More sizes and color options available.  

Crayola Doodlebugz Crayon Keeper Pink Stripe
Princess Linens $25.02

A handy crayon keep for the lil' artist. This cute roll up crayon keeper stores 32 crayons and has a Velcro closure. Box of crayons included.

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What do you think of melting crayon art?

What do you think of melting crayon art?

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I Love it!

Linda Smith says "A good idea, especially for those broken crayons that get thrown in the trash."

I don't like it

Writer Daniela12 says "i think it's just messy to do, and i'm not risking anything i own . "

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Not only do I like it, but I am going to share it on one of my own leafs. Great article.
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Ladymermaid on said:
I like the melted crayon heart. That really is a beautiful and unique piece of art. Maybe I'll get my kids to make one of those with all their old crayon bits and pieces.
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It's a great project for kids. It's bright and cheerful art. So easy to do too!
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Bonita on said:
Nice tutorial about this popular and colorful form of art!
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Butterfly on said:
New to me, but I think it will be a fun project for my kiddos with all of the tons of crayons we seem to have around our house. I really like the flower one that you have pictured.
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I have a friend who is really good at doing art projects, and I have actually seen her make a melted crayon art project, it turned out really well.

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