Crayons aren’t just for coloring. Crayon shaving canvas art is a fun new twist on crayon crafting. It’s super easy and opens up your child’s mind to lots of creativity. Check it out!
So, this crafting project was actually my son’s idea. He wanted to use a blank canvas to melt crayons and create a work of art for his other mom for Mother’s Day. We decided to try it out and the results were so fun!
Supplies for your crayon shaving canvas art
This project doesn’t many supplies and most likely you’ll have most of them at home already. Here’s what you’ll need:
Start shaving your crayons
So, this crafting project takes a little bit of prep work. But the good news is that you kids can help too. First, you’ll have to take off all of the paper from each of the crayons.
We tried a bunch of ways to shave the crayons. We even tried a food processor (that was a huge fail). But the process we liked the best was using a vegetable peeler or a good old fashioned pencil sharpener.
Be gentle as you shave the crayons because they break easily. They are easier to work with if they’re not in little pieces. Then set aside the shavings in their own separate containers. Shave as many crayons as you would like.
Create your design
Now for the fun part! Using your crayon shavings, scatter them on your blank canvas in whatever design you would like. You can pick and choose similar colors and patterns or just scatter the colors randomly.
You can also use painter’s tape for your crayon shaving canvas art. We made a mosaic type design and my son cut out a heart and placed it on the canvas. You can also use the tape to form letters and other designs.
Melt the crayon shavings
This next step is a little tricky. Place a piece of parchment paper over the canvas that has crayon shavings on it. Run a hot iron on top of it. Make sure the crayon shavings completely melt. Then, carefully peel away the parchment paper. The melted crayons will form a cool melted design.
Once it’s melted, peel away any painter’s tape and allow the melted crayon shavings to dry. If the crayon melted underneath the painter’s tape, you can simply paint that area with white paint. Then you’re done!
Of course, you can skip all of the crayon shaving and using the iron and use a crayon melter instead. I’ve never personally used one of these myself, but you just insert the crayon and start drawing like a pen. Four out of five stars on Amazon is worth a try.
What other craft ideas do you have for melted crayons? Leave your comments below.
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