Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Broken Crayons: Idea Two - Melted Crayon Art

Melted Crayon Art
Wood Letter
If you are like us, you have tons of broken crayons laying around your house. It is bound to happen when you have little kiddos running around. So, what am I supposed to do with all of them? I made melted crayon art!! I am sure that you have seen the technique before, but instead of using it on a canvas, I used it to create the Dad, otherwise known as Sarge,  a really cool father's day present! It would also make a great piece of art for a play room or even a child's bedroom.

Here is what you will need:
  • broken or used crayons (a non-toxic variety like Crayola)
  • a wood letter, I used a D for Dad
  • black spray paint and primer
  • Gorilla Glue or another type of heavy duty adhesive (Be careful with Gorilla Glue, apply a very thin layer and try to keep it away from the edges, it foams up and expands as it dries.)
  • a heat gun or hair dryer
  • Foil
Here is what you do:

  1. First, prime the wood letter and let it dry. 

     2. Then paint the letter black. 
  • Be sure that you do several thin coats, with 15-20 minutes of drying time in between each one. 
  • You will also want to be sure that it is 70 degrees outside and it is not too humid, otherwise you may end up with a tacky surface because the paint did not dry hard. 
  • Allow to dry overnight after the last coat has been applied. 

   3. Choose a few crayons in varying shades of the same color.  
  • You can either tear the paper off of the crayons or you can leave the paper on. 
  • I use a slicer tool that is meant for cutting open CDs and DVDs to easily unwrap the crayons.

   5. Break the crayons into the size of sections that you want. 
  • I varied the lengths of each crayon on my letter to make it more interesting

   6. Next, you will want to glue the crayon pieces onto the spine of your letter. Allow it to fully dry.

    7. Then, you will want to lay out a piece of foil on your counter. Hold the letter above it and carefully apply heat to the ends of the crayons
  • The wax will melt and dribble down your letter. 
  • Turn and tilt your letter to allow the wax to dribble across the letter. 
  • Continue this process until you achieve the desired effect.

You can play around with it until you like how it looks, I decided to add another crayon and melt it a little more. You can see the picture of my final product below along with my little cutie pa-tootie. 

Warning: *Be sure to use non-toxic crayons. Some off brands do have lead in them and those would not be safe to melt down. Crayola is a good brand to use because they are lead free.*

For more broken crayon ideas check out these links:
Broken Crayons: Idea One - Re-Molding


  1. Wow that's a great idea. I have a TON of broken Crayola crayons!

    By the way, thanks for your comment, it's nice to know I'm not the only worrier! I feel like I'm going nuts lately.

  2. I am working on more ideas to use up the rest of what I have. I all of a sudden have crayons coming out of my ears this year. I usually buy a bunch of crayons in August when they are a quarter a pack and I guess the kids had been grabbing a new pack every time they colored or something, lol.

    You are not nuts, you are just pregnant, lol. I swear that I felt the craziest with the Wee One, most likely because they couldn't find his heart beat when I was 12 weeks along, but thankfully everything turned out great and he is a healthy hopping 15 month old now and my anxiety has become much better, although, I still have some (I never used have any anxiety issues). It is crazy how pregnancy can alter your personality a little bit. Hang in there Momma, life will be so much better when you hit your second trimester.

  3. How creative, I love this idea! Your "D" is sure to be a hit this father's day. I've been trying to drum up ideas to keep Becky busy this summer, and this sounds like a great activity. Thank you Carmen!

  4. It was a lot of fun to do! My hubby loved it! I made it orange and black because of his Giants obsession, by the way, he is currently behaving like an excited child seeing a toy store for the first time because the Giants are nearly done playing a perfect game. Lol He is awesome, I love watching him when he gets like this. Anyway, sorry, lol, I had to give it to him early because he will be away until Father's Day. I think it would be a lot of fun to do one of these as a decoration for a child's room! I am glad that you like the idea. :o)