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Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Instant Gratification: Melted Crayon Art

Instant Gratification: Melted Crayon Art

I recently stumbled upon the world of melted crayon art. I guess it’s been circling the Internet for a while, but I’m late to the game, per usual. Basically, you use a hair dryer to melt crayons, turning elementary school coloring tools into paint.

Jack and I attempted this project the other day. He was thrilled with how the crayons transformed into “lava.”

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After holding the hair dryer close to the crayons, the colors quickly started to cascade down the canvas.

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While it looked cool at the beginning, the end result was a little disappointing — smeared colors and lumpy wax remnants soon started to flake off the canvas. I think we got a little overzealous with our melting. We hung it on the wall, but it didn’t last there long — we weren’t happy with the way it looked.

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The next day we embarked on round two. Instead of letting the colors drip with reckless abandon, we held a few crayons in one hand, the hair dryer in another, and watched them splatter in a Jackson Pollock fashion over a piece of watercolor paper.

The result was much more delicate. and our color choices were more deliberate — selecting more vibrant and similarly flavored crayons. The crayons now resembled paint, and there were no lumps or flaking.

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An IKEA frame provided a nice home.

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We loved the result so much we made a second with different colors and hung both on the wall.

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The crayons don’t get too hot that they would burn you, so this is a good project for kids age 3 and over.  When the crayons melt you can also dab them on the paper and use them like paintbrushes.

The best part was that they dried in a matter of minutes and made very little mess, not something you can say with paint. We’ve got big plans for the rest of the box of crayons — holiday cards and wrapping paper are next on our list.

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