Our kids love to draw and have literally hundreds and hundreds of crayons over here, many of them mere shards.Â We’ve melted the crayons to create “new” crayons, but today I had a new “plan” for our leftovers.Â Several months ago I saw a post by Suzy’s Sitcom where she melted crayons and then painted the wax onto fabric, then painted over that to create a crayon resist work of art – that she said she could sew into projects.
Art with melted crayons:
- Obviously, lots of crayon bits
- Candle Warmer – we liked this as while it got warm, even hot, it kept the wax cool enough that it didn’t burn us if we accidentally got a little finger in it.
- Little Glass Jars
- Cheap Paintbrushes
- Dark Colored Acrylic Paint – we used brown, for our “garden”.
We heated up the little jars, then painted our wax.Â As we used a candle warmer to heat the wax we could only warm three small jars at a time, and it took a long time.Â This meant that our painting project took most of the day.Â Â But it was worth it to be “safe”.Â After the crayon was painted we went over the work with the acrylic paint to make the crayon “pop” out more.Â I loved the effect!
Unlike Suzy, our crayon painted fabric is not sewable, the crayon/wax flakes off when the artwork bends, but I don’t care!Â This is going on the wall!Â My daughter painted us together picking flowers!Â My son painted himself… as a firetruck??Â I don’t know, but he had fun drawing his “fire”.Â Even my youngest preschooler had fun contributing!
Want another melting crayon activity?Â Â Kim had fun with her kids making art with crayons as they melted bits of crayons left out in the Texas heat, and Cathy has tons of coloring activity suggestions.