Tutorial Tuesday: Melted Crayon Art

by Hope Sewell on February 26, 2013

in crafts, family, home schooling, kids

Happy Tuesday!!  And if you live in my neck of the woods, happy SUNNY Tuesday!!  I thought the rain was NEVER going to end!!

We’ve been stuck inside it seems forever.  Instead of having a boring afternoon doing nothing but watching t.v. yesterday, Tobin suggested making some melted crayon art; to which I responded, “Why not!!”.

So here’s what we did.
Grabbed up our crayons…

peeled off all the paper, broke them into pieces, and put them in a silicone baking dish.

We organized them by color here unlike the last time we made star crayons. Pile it on a baking sheet and pop’em in the oven.

I did these at 350 and just kept an eye on them.  And after a few minutes, they looked like this.

Now here comes the fun part.  We dipped q-tips in this melted colored wax (careful!!  It’s hot)…

and painted!!

It was so fun!  The colors were very bold and it dries with a nice texture.

Of course when I mentioned texture, I was answered with 2 simultaneous, “What’s that??”.

tex·ture

  [teks-cher] noun

1. the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface: rough texture.
2. the characteristic structure of the interwoven or intertwined threads, strands, or the like, that makeup a textile fabric: coarse texture.
3. the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape,arrangement, and proportions of its parts: soil of a sandy texture; a cake with a heavy texture.
4. an essential or characteristic quality; essence.
Or….the way it feels!!

We explored our talents of abstract art.

Obviously, the wax hardens as it cools.  I put it all back in the oven for a second to liquify it again.

After all of our creativity was expired for the moment, we were left with these fun star-shaped crayons.

This is a perfect project for either a rainy or sunny day!!

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