St. Patty’s Day Melted Crayon Art

March 11, 2016 by Jenny Melrose

This St. Patty’s Day Melted Crayon Art is one of my favorite projects to date!

But maybe not for the reason you’d guess…. Oh, it turned out beautifully, and I’m displaying it proudly.

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Need a fun project to do with the kids?  This Melted Crayon St. Patrick's Day Art is something that is fun, but also turns out beautiful so that you can proudly display it.But my favorite part of this melted crayon project is that my youngest daughter helped me create it. “Helped” doesn’t really do her justice…it was more like I was her helper. It was inspiring to see her take the lead, problem solve, and brainstorm. It’s a side of her that I don’t get to see often, because it comes out at school and on the volleyball court.

Every time I look at our St. Patty’s Day Melted Crayon Art, I think of the fun we had creating it!

And now, we’ll share the how-to with you!

How to Create St. Patty’s Day Melted Crayon Art

First things first! Gather your supplies.

St. Pat's supplies

 

You’ll need:

One final warning: cover your workspace before you start this project! It’s messy, which of course, is part of the fun, right?!

Place your canvas on your covered workspace (I’m nothing if not subtle :)), then lay your crayons out in rainbow order: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. ROYGBIV, remember?

St. Pat's Crayons

 

We used a 16″ x 20″ canvas, so we had a large space to cover with our crayons. We also wanted a gradient quality to our melted wax, much like a real rainbow.

So, we laid the crayons out like this: Red, Violet Red, Scarlet, Red Orange, Yellow Orange (should have come after Orange, oops), Orange, Dandelion, Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Cerulean, Blue, Indigo, Blue Violet, Violet.

And then we were inspired to have a little fun photographing the crayons. I’ll only share one of the many, I promise!

St. Pat's Crayons circle

 

Once we’d had our fill of fun, we got back to business. We lined the crayons up in order along the top of the canvas.

Then realized we were going for a rainbow and this very straight line looked nothing like one.

St. pat's crayons straight

 

I grabbed my trusty level and we started arranging the crayons in an arc.

St. Pat's crayons fanned

 

Then it was time to hot glue the crayons to the canvas.

We decided that we wanted the color names to face up instead of the Crayola logo, so we ran a thin line of hot glue along the logo side of the crayon.

St. Pat's crayon gluing

 

Then we placed it in the appropriate place on the canvas. We worked from the outside in just in case we had to readjust the spacing.

Also, the crayons should be sharp end down, like in the picture.

St. Pat's lined crayons

 

Then it was time for a little more fun!

I held the canvas at a 45 degree-ish angle and my daughter started melting crayons with the hair dryer. After a little trial and error (too much splatter), she held the air end of the hair dryer at the middle of the crayon and close to the canvas.

Too much splatter and not enough melting…

St. Pat's melting

 

Just the right amount of splatter and melting…

St. Pat's melting crayons

 

After the crayon started melting and the wax started pooling, my daughter moved the hair dryer down to the pools of wax in order to push them further down the canvas. This was the really messy part as you can tell by looking at the sides of our cover.

And the floor.

But, shhhh, don’t tell Hubs. I mostly covered the wax (which I couldn’t get out of the carpet) with various furniture items.

St. Pat's Melting rainbow

 

Once we were happy with the melted wax design, we placed the canvas on the cover and let it cool for about 30 minutes.

While the wax cooled and set, we made the pot and the gold. My daughter punched circles out of gold card stock, then added touches of gold glitter. Sorry, no pictures of that part. I was too busy playing on my Silhouette!

I found a royalty-free cauldron image online and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo. Not sure how to cut a jpeg with your Silhouette? This tutorial from Silhouette School was really helpful for me.

If you don’t have a Silhouette, you could try a paper punch or create your own template and trace it onto your black cardstock (a white crayon works great in situations like this…and I know you have a few white crayons hanging around).

By the time our coins and pot were complete, the wax was set, so we started attaching our pot and gold!

First, we used self adhesive pop up dots to attach the pot then we glued gold dots behind it to look like the pot was filling up.

St. Pat's gold

 

We used the pop up dots to attach the falling gold pieces to the canvas.

St. Pat's dimensional gold

 

Finally, we found a place to put our work of art and added a few thoughtful details!

The DIY Rustic Shamrock Garland hanging above the melted crayon art is a quick and easy project.

St. Pat's finished

St. Pat's side view

 

St. Pat's close

 

 

 

The “Lucky” printable with ribbons and a penny is also a quick project that can be altered to fit the supplies you have on hand.

St. Pat's lucky

 

This project might seem a little complicated, but it’s really very easy. And all you have to do is search “melted crayon art” on Pinterest to see the astounding variety of possibilities there are for this project!

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Thanks to Jenny for allowing me to be a part of The Melrose Family team. I’m having so much fun! Hope you are, too!

When I’m not regaling you with tales of my crafty adventures (and misadventures), I’m hanging out over at The House Down the Lane sharing all things DIY, home decor, organization, and family! Pop on by and see if you find something you like. You can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Thanks so much for checking today’s project out!

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  • Cat @ Pocketful of Posies


    Such a cute project and a great way to get the whole family involved! I can’t wait till my little is big enough to do some of these fun projects! Thanks for sharing!

    Cat

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