20+ Easy & Colorful Crayon Art Ideas for Kids
Crayon art goes beyond just coloring! Wax crayons are fun to color with and considered a staple of preschooler craft times everywhere. In addition to coloring and crafting with crayons, we have collected the best art projects for you to enjoy with kids of all ages. Use these crayon art ideas at home or in the classroom.
Favorite Crayon Art Ideas for Kids
This collection of our favorite crayon art ideas are great for kids of all ages. We hope these crayon art ideas will inspire your next art project to new levels!
- Toddler/Preschool/Kindergarten – Choose crayon activities that don’t include heat or cutting into crayons.
- Older kids – With the proper supervision, the sky is the limit on how kids use these wax art ideas.
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Ways to melt crayons Into Art
Notes for Melted Crayon Art Ideas
Almost all of these melted crayon projects require some sort of heat source, it could be a hair dryer, Texas summer heat, a hot plate, even an iron or an oven.
What Type of Wax Crayons Are Best for Melted Art?
In addition to seeing a difference when the wax is heated unevenly, we have also noticed a difference in the quality of various brands of crayons:
- Crayola crayons have more pigment and less filler wax which makes them more vibrant and consistent than generic crayons.
- The downside with using Crayola crayons for melting is that they take longer to melt and are harder to peel.
- Metallic crayons or glitter crayons of any brand do not work well with melting and appear to be clear once the wax dries.
1. Wax Crayon Art
Dilly Dali Art had fun creating wax crayon art by scribbling on a tin-foil covered griddle. Set the temp on low to avoid burns.
2. Crayon Drip Craft Ideas
She also has a great tutorial – with an art gallery – explaining how to use a hairdryer to make crayon drip masterpieces.
3. Crayon Melting In A Pan Of Water
Maggy over at Red Ted Art filled cans with her crayon bits and then heated them in a pan of water. You do want to make sure that as the crayon is melting that it heats evenly or it will be chalky looking (instead of having a shiny sheen).
4. Fun Crayon Activities For Preschoolers
Laura has fun activities for preschoolers and she suggested filling ice cube trays with crayons and had them heat up on the dash of her car.
Stained Glass Inspired Melting Crayons Art Projects
Notes for Making Stained Glass Like Art with Melted Crayons
I love the stained glass effect that you can get when you melt just a tiny bit of crayon shavings between two pieces of wax paper. We have used a regular clothes iron on low sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard (from cereal boxes) to melt the shavings. Below are several versions of stained glass “look” that other bloggers have gained while crafting with crayons.
5. Make Fun Shapes With Crayon Shavings
Create some fun shapes with the colorful shavings. Love the heart from Tired, Needs Sleep.
6. Speckled Crayon Stained Glass
Make a speckled crayon stained glass with Dates to Diapers, it’s a great winter kids activity.
7. Crayon Resist Art
At Artful Parent they made a stained glass looking window using crayon resist and watercolor paint on butcher paper.
8. Crayon Bunting Décor
They also made some brilliant bunting for a kids birthday party from sewing the wax paper together.
Crayon Art for Kids
9. Make Your Own Crayons
Melt colorful wax bits to create crayons. The fish were made from a fish-shaped, heat-safe icecube tray filled with leftover (and mostly chewed on scraps). The crayons are super easy for small hands to work with! You can also use muffin tins, candy molds, even empty glue stick containers to set your new crayons into fun shapes.
10. Chop Your Crayons Before Melting
Wow Pencils has the tip of chopping up your crayons first, before you melt them, so that they will be easier to melt. Love her starfish crayons!!
11. Crayon Party Favor Ideas
Both Mama Smiles and Hands On: As We Grow created party favor crayons using muffin tins. Those crayons almost look like bottle caps.
12. Homemade Crayons
If you drill holes into the homemade crayons you can use them as beads for a bracelet.
13. Car Shaped Crayons
Others have driven their new crayons around the coloring page, like Art Kit Blog who made hers in the shapes of cars. All you have to do is use car molds.
14. Abstract Crayon Painting
Make an abstract art painting in a three dimensional display by painting a set of blocks with crayons and when that dries painting over it with an acrylic paint wash.
These blocks are absolutely gorgeous.
15. Wax Painting Ideas
Suzi did something similar in using crayons to make a wax painting, only instead of blocks she used fabric as her canvas. She painted the fabric with the colored wax and then painted over that with a fabric paint to create a similar resist effect as the blocks from Artful Parent.
16. Hot Stone Crayon Melting
Fakin’it suggests melting crayons onto a hot stone to create a fun paperweight.
17. Fun Crayon Drip Art
Crayon Drip art is the rage all over pinterest right now, one of my favorite tutorials explains how to use contact paper to make a resist for the wax to drip over. Remove the paper and viola, you have an abstract shape to enjoy.
18. Abstract Crayon Painting
Your abstract paintings can be freestyle, like the crayon painting by a four year old, love the dimensional quality of wax paint!
19. Fun Preschool Art Activity
Or the paintings can be directed – like the example of pointilism (dot painting) where the kids at Helping Hands had a preschool art activity where they filled in an outline with dots of crayon.
20. Crayon Scratch Art
Make your very own crayon scratch art! Color with all the colors, use black paint, and then scratch it off to make beautiful rainbow art!
21. White Crayon Watercolor Resist Art
White crayons do have a use! Draw on paper and use watercolor paint to create secret art and secret messages.
22. Homemade Stormtrooper Bath Soap Crayons
Use crayons to make these colorful homemade Stormtrooper bath soap crayons.
23. Rainbow Scratch Art
Color all the colors on a piece of paper. Then color black over it and start scratching the black off. Make zig zags, shapes, or write your name. This rainbow scratch art is pretty cool.
24. Crayon Candles
Use crayons and soy wax to create beautifully vibrant and colorful candles. This is great for bigger kids.
25. DIY Galaxy Crayons
Use old crayons and sparkles to make the most beautiful DIY galaxy crayons. They’re out of this world.
26. Fun Crayon Wands
Use old crayons to make crayon wands. Color with them or play with them and be magical!
Looking for more coloring fun? We have so many coloring activities here at kids activities Blog:
- You will love this rain coloring page! This one features a girl playing in the rain and there is also a second coloring sheet with a child playing with a puppy in the rain!
- You’ll love these Frozen coloring pages! You can color all your favorite characters in the movie!
- This is a coloring sheet for both adults and children! This is a cute coffee coloring page that depicts a woman in a café.
- This realistic face coloring page depicts a woman with long wavy hair.
- This Where’s Waldo activity set not only has puzzles and games, but coloring pages as well. You can color all the different people while you try to find Waldo.
- Want even more coloring pages for kids? We have over 400+ for you to choose from and they’re all free!
- Check out these super awesome art hacks.
Which coloring activity will you be trying? Let us know in the comments below.
We used crayons on our pumpkins last year! http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/2012/09/melted-crayon-pumpkins.html
I slide a seam ripper through the crayon wrapper to make it easier to take off. Thanks for all the great ideas!
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