Crayon Melting

It’s been really, really hot here. I’m talking about 110 degree highs every day!   Perfect weather for wax crayon art.   It’s hot enough to melt crayons in my van. Unfortunately, I know this from personal experience. We decided to see how well they would melt outside and experiment with an art project while we were at it.

Art with Melted Crayons

I am going to show you the art of crayon melting and how to have fun with it.

Each child placed some wax paper on a white poster board. Then they decorated their wax paper with bits of broken crayons that are too small to draw with anymore.

crayon art

Nicholas made an outline of a house with some grass and the sun shining up above.

Once the crayons were placed and a little glitter was added (everything is better with glitter, right?) then the children covered their work with another piece of wax paper. They had to add a few sticks around the edges to keep the top sheet of wax paper from blowing away.

Then we let the sun do it’s work.

Some of the crayons melted rather quickly. Others took a little longer.

melting crayon art work

It was fun to watch them all ooze and change the look of the art work being created right before our eyes. It was like “living art”.

little girl outdoor art work

Melting Crayons Art

Being two years old, Rachel is compelled to touch everything. So of course she had to touch her art work as she saw it moving around on the page. I love letting them be free to test what will happen when they do something new instead of holding them back so they don’t “mess” up their art work. Art is about the process. It is about the act of creating.

By experimenting, Rachel came up with a whole new twist to our living art project. Instead of just letting the sun have all the melting fun, we decided to use sticks to draw and design with the melted crayons through the wax paper.

art work with stick outside

I think it turned out beautiful and the blends of colors are much more vibrant than they would have been if Rachel had just let them melt where they had originally been placed.

Nicholas liked blending his crayons with a stick.   He decided that his picture which started out as a house now looked like a volcano – grass on the bottom, blue mountain, red/orange/yellow lava.
boy pointing to art work

Another example of the beauty of living art that changes it design and focus and outcome as the process unfolds.

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  1. Hi
    Have you got pictures of the finished products. Do you take off the top sheet or leave it on. I love the volcano, it is truly amazing.
    Don’t you love the ingenuity of children when allowed to explore.

  2. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    The finished product looks so cute. Combining a science project and art is such fun.

  3. This looks so fun. If we get sun this weekend, I think we’ll try it.

  4. That is cool! Whoda thunk! lol
    We have a gallon ziploc bag lurking around the house. I think I will find it and have my girls do it when they get home from school. Glad you guys had fun! I love watching kids experiment and get creative.

  5. I’m betting this’ll work here real well…..

  6. UGH! I have never wanted a great big tropical storm to hit this state as bad as I want it now! But on the (very very very) bright side, you couldn’t do cool stuff like this in Seattle!

  7. That is so stinkin cool! I pinned it and will head from here to share it on Facebook. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Lee is sitting on us so we won’t be able to try it for a week.

  8. That’s a great idea… Now if only I can do that with eggs and sausage.. I WOULD BE THRILLED 🙂

  9. This project is brilliant! Think I will have my kids do this today 🙂 Please link up this and any of your favorite summer blog posts to my “Happy Post” Help spread the cheer 🙂

  10. What a fun way to beat the heat. Very creative. Hope you get a cool down soon (now that your art work is complete 🙂

  11. I love this activity! I’m going to pin it to save for next summer’s bucket list even though it’s still plenty hot and sunny in Texas for crayons to melt. We have so many broken crayons that it only makes sense to use them in a fun way like this.

  12. I totally love that you use the sun to melt the crayons. How cool!!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  13. its gud but not a lot of infor just 4 a 13 yr old who is doing a science fair project but in florida its hot and sunny but is she dont understand the purpose is

  14. Sounds like a great idea! How long did it take for the crayons to melt? I am helping with a MMO program this summer, but we just have the kids in the morning…didn’t know if the crayons would melt fast enough. Thanks!

  15. Love this but…then you have melted crayon art between two wax papers. What is the canvas for?

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