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OH MY GAWD. This may be my favourite thing EVER.
DIY Melted Crayon Art
I know that this has been plaguing the walls of Pinterest for AGES, but I actually stumbled upon it about a year ago on Mr Kate and knew then that this would have a home with me at some point. This is such a statement piece and it so easy to make with minimal tools! I know there are a MILLION better other tutorials out there but I’m adding my two-bits into the mix.
- Blank, white canvas. I used 50cmx60cm but really this would work on any size
- 55 Crayola crayons in asorted colours. Again, depending on your canvas size you may need to adjust the number of crayons. Smyths Toy Store is having a 3 for 2 offer on packs of 24 Crayola crayons so I bought these as well as 6 packs of 8 crayons which I bought on Ebay for a great price here. This way I made sure that I would have a nice gradual colour palette.
- Glue Gun
- Hair Dryer
Gather all of your crayons and arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing formation to you. I went for a rainbow ombre (love me some ombre) but you could really do anything – even using only one or two colours.
I wanted the Crayola sign facing the right way so my OCD took over whilst I glued each individual crayon to the top of the canvas. Take your time doing this and try to make them as straight as possible as it really gives a finished and professional look.
Wait for your damn glue to dry and set completely. Honestly, BE PATIENT. I suggest waiting a half hour to be on the safe side.
Once the glue is TOTALLY DRY, lean your canvas against a wall, plug in your hairdryer and set about those crayons. I will warn you that this is time consuming. If you have a short attention span then pop in some headphones and listen to some music (or an audiobook like me, cultured and that). Aim your hairdryer at the middle of the crayons facing downward to get a good, clean dribble (ooh err). I found that it took a good 5-10 minutes to melt each colour section. I thought that If I used a nozzle attachment then I could aim the hot air more precisely at the crayons – this was not the case. I still ended up with some wayward splattering (stop it now).
Once you have your crayons melted nicely, sit back, admire your handiwork and wait for the electricity bill to come in.
I honestly think that this is super-dooper-awesome. This is going right into our office in the new house as it will provide the best pop of colour that the black and white room needs. Can’t wait!
Happy DIY’ing x
P.S These pictures have come out rather blurry as I’m afraid my camera’s on it’s last legs! What’s a girl gonna do!