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This melted crayon art is a creative arts and crafts activity for kids and great way to use up old crayons.
Crayons don’t have to be a conundrum. In our house, we find a lot of different ways to use crayons.
It’s such a simple way to create an art masterpiece that we can proudly showcase and share.
This Melted Crayon Art not only shows children the possibilities of repurposing crayons, but it also opens up their creative minds to see that art really can be made from a wide variety of items.
This indoor activity is perfect for rainy day or indoor fun, and is a great way to make a homemade gift that everyone is certain to love.
The little bits of crayon shavings make the prettiest confetti dots. We like to think we’re making sprinkle paper!
I hope that this creative art activity shows your kiddo that creativity and art truly are a magical pair!
How long does this melted crayon art take to make?
Honestly, just minutes. If you have about 10 minutes of time, you have the ability to create this melted crayon art.
Once you and your child make this once, they’re going to want to do it over and over again! The fun part is deciding what color combinations to make!
Can a hairdryer melt crayons?
Yes, it can. But for this melted crayon art, the heat from the iron is the key to melting the bits of crayon pieces. The hairdryer will just blow all those tiny bits of crayon shavings! Save yourself the time and use the iron as the video shows. So easy and take seconds to melt!
Is this melted crayon activity messy?
While it might look like it might be, that doesn’t mean that it has to be! When you or your child are grating the crayons, just take your time and keep it over the paper. You can put newspaper or a piece of cardboard under your paper if you wish.
Once you lay the parchment paper over the crayon shreds, it will seal them in and melt them immediately. And what that means for you is that there isn’t a worry for any type of mess after that! Yes, we did use parchment paper and not wax! After all you can use parchment paper in the oven as a liner up to at least 400 degrees and for much longer than the seconds the iron is glazing over the the parchment.
Parchment paper is what we had on hand, although we’ve seen melted crayon art with wax paper before. We’ve also seen people use a towel as a barrier between the iron and paper, but we didn’t find that necessary! The tiny shavings of crayon melt immediately.
Make sure to only have adults do the ironing part.
You don’t want to take any chances of your child burning themselves in the process. What’s fun for them anyways is to grate crayons and choose what colors they want!
How to set up this Melted Crayon Art
This crayon art is actually super simple. With minimal supplies and hardly any time needed, you can rest easy knowing that you and your child can accomplish this activity with ease. Let your child join in on the fun by having them find all the broken crayons that they’re wanting to use.
The other great aspect of this craft is that your child can work on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills when they’re using the grater on the crayons.
Melted Crayon Art – Materials:
- Crayons (large broken pieces or whole)
- Parchment paper
- Watercolor paper (we find this is best for the crayons to stick well to paper)
- Cheese grater
**Always supervise children when hot iron is in use
1. Decide what crayons you will combine and grate.
2. Place your grater over your paper and in a continuous even motion, grate over the entire paper. Make sure to do this as evenly as possible! If not you will create a big blob of crayon in one area.
3. Repeat with all the crayon colors you choose.
4. Lay one sheet of parchment paper over the watercolor paper carefully as to not make the crayon bits fly everywhere.
5. Add your preheated iron over the parchment paper and press firmly in one continuous motion. We had our iron on a medium setting.
6. Remove the parchment paper and admire your melted crayon art!
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