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How to Make a Crayon Painting

by Grace Yang

Age Recommendation: Any! (may require adult supervision) 

Length of Activity: 30 min

Supplies Needed: a variety of Crayons, Canvas, Masking Tape, Paint, and a Blow Dryer / Hair Dryer


Seeing as essentially the whole nation is currently quarantined, now is a great time to explore ways to use things you already have in the house in an art project! If you have some old Crayons laying around, you can use them in this project and turn them into something new!

Step 1: Gather your Supplies

Make sure you have everything ready for your project!

Step 2: Break up the Crayons and Remove the Wrapper

It’s important to break the crayons into approximately 1cm sized chunks to make sure you don’t have too much melted wax running down your canvas and also to accelerate the melting process. The wrapper also needs to be removed because otherwise, the Crayons will not melt properly.

Step 3: Tape the Crayon Pieces onto the Canvas

Sandwich the Crayon pieces between two strips of masking tape, with the Crayons along the edge of the tape so that it’ll be easier for the melted wax to run down the canvas later. Tape the strip with Crayon onto the top edge of the canvas.

Step 4: Tape the Areas that You Don’t want Crayon to Cover

I decided to add an umbrella with a girl sitting underneath, so I taped the outline of the umbrella and also the area directly underneath to reflect how rain would actually flow down.

Step 5: Melt the Crayon

This is the step that MAY REQUIRE ADULT SUPERVISION! Once you’re satisfied with your taped areas, use your blow dryer to melt the Crayon. To accelerate the process, tilt your canvas slightly vertically. It may seem like nothing is happening at first, but be careful because once the Crayon starts melting, it will drip down extremely quickly. Make sure you don’t get melted wax all over your work surface! Keep blow drying until you’re satisfied with the appearance of your canvas!

Step 6: Finish off Details with Paint

After the Crayon has dried, remove the tape and finish off any appropriate areas with paint!

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