I am a Pre-K teacher and my students really love to color. They make drawings and color pictures all the time. This creates several piles of crayon nubs. I always hate to waste things, so I started recycling the tiny crayon nubs by melting them down into new and fun shapes!
I have had my fair share of problems with my new creations…
but they do look cool once they are finished. The wax overflowed in the mold. This can be fixed by chipping the excess off, or my using a lighter to reshape the edges.
You can also find other crayons in my Etsy shop. The dinosaur crayons in the mold above are for my class, but I make other shapes too.
There are several examples of melted crayon art all over the internet. I looked at several examples and then tried to make my own art.
I used an 8×11 canvas
Something to hold the canvas up( I used a traffic cone in the backyard)
painters tape or artist tape
I started out by following the instructions from this pin: here
Melting crayons and getting their drips to go where you want them to go on the canvas is harder than it looks.
At first I had tried to make something like a vase of flowers. Here is how that turned out:
I had wanted the vase section to be blue, so I got some blue crayons. I taped them to a traffic cone outside and used the hairdryer to melt them onto the canvas. Then I took the canvas inside. Inside I took a candle and held the green crayon over the flame until it was almost ready to drip. Then I quickly let the drip fall onto the places I wanted the stems to be. You can see this in the picture above. It is the green dots.
I hated the result!
So then I got the lighter and the same canvas and started letting each individual crayon drip onto the canvas.
It ended up looking really cool and having an awesome texture. So I ended up with a completely different version of melted crayon art.