Thursday, May 2, 2013

Crayon art

For Christmas I bought my niece a box of crayons and told her to hang on to them until the weather got nice and we would make some art.

Well the weather finally got nice so it was art time!

Everyone has seen the photos/videos of the melting crayon art and it looked like total fun!
And I'm pretty dang proud of the final product that we came up with

What you'll need:
  • Lots of crayons (depending on how big your canvas is you'll need a TON, we used a 64 box plus randoms we dug up around the house)
  • A canvas (any size you want)
  • Hair dryer 
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
  • Brushes/sponges
How to do it:
  • Arrange your crayons along one side of the canvas in a rainbow pattern (if you mix colors it will just turn brown.. just an FYI)
Now the first part was not very kid friendly and will take forever if your as OCD as I am and want the crayons to all face the same way...
  • Hot glue the crayons to the canvas (again not very kid friendly, sorry)
  • Grab your kid and let them tell you where they want the masking tape (let them know that where the tape goes will stay white) and have them design away!
I figured out it was just easier for me to put down the masking tape to make sure it was down good
  • Head outside and lay down craft paper to protect your drive way and plug up your hair dryer
  • Set up your canvas with the crayons at the top and start drying (this part takes forever) 

 (no thats not my niece that would be my brother in law.. this part isnt kid friendly either, it just takes to damn long)
  • After you've melted the crayons to your liking grab your kid and let them have at it with the paint
(it also helps if you have an awesome dog to hang out with while you craft, I also promise the niece and I were a lot more excited then we look in this picture)
  • When they've painted to their hearts content carefully pull off the masking tape (I grabbed an exacto knife to cut the wax that had melted over the tape so it wouldn't pull off all the wax)
  • Have your bro-in law add a hanging feature on the back and hang it up in your nieces room

It's a great Saturday project and totally stressful fun to do!

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