We’ve been searching for some fun ways to practice color skills with the kids — something that we could also repurpose as a fun art piece to decorate the playroom. Since there’s always a plethora of crayons around the house, I thought it would be even more exciting for the kids if we let them see how the crayon wax interacted with heat for a fun little science-like experiment (with mommy’s supervision of course!). We’ve seen so many amazing melted crayon pieces over the past few months, so knew we had to at least give it a shot!
Melted crayons can create some beautiful pieces and there’s so many ways to get creative with colors. I opted for a melted crayon heart using a rainbow of colors for a more vibrant, colorful look!
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Step 1. Before starting, you’ll want to cover up the floor and work space where the melted crayon could splatter. I used trash bags.
Now to get the crayons and heart centered, sketch out a heart pattern. I traced a paper heart onto the canvas and then gathered my crayons.
Step 2. Arrange the crayons around the heart to determine the exact placement they’ll need to be glued to. I used about 40 crayons. This part was a little trickier than it looked, since the spacing took some time to get right.
Step 3. Hot glue each crayon to the canvas along the outline of the heart you drew.
Step 4. This is where the magic happens. Grab a blow dryer and set it on high heat. Apply the air to the crayons working from the middle down to the tip. It may take some experimenting, but after a few minutes the crayons will start melting.
We melted the crayons at various angles to get an array of splatters. Once you get it started, let the kids take turns applying the heat. Watch their reaction to the melting!
Note: This step will take some patience. You’ll need about 1 hour of uninterrupted time to complete the entire project. I had to spread out the melting over a couple of days since I only had so much time.
The end result will be a beautiful melted crayon masterpiece you can share with a loved one or use to decorate your home.
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Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.