Monday, September 19, 2011

Crayon Art & Crepe Paper Flowers - a tutorial

If you're on Pinterest, there's a really good chance you've seen these melted crayon works of art.

The boys and I made our pictures before I bought the frames.  I would suggest buying the frames first, so you know just how far the crayons need to be from the edges to fit in the frames.  I had to do some serious sanding on my frame, and the boys could have added another crayon to their pictures.

We were so excited to try this, that I forgot to take pictures (again!), but it's really easy.
What you'll need:
Crayons (enough to cover 1 edge of your canvas)
Elmer's Glue
Blow Dryer and/or Space Heater
Wax Paper or newspaper
Small jar (I used one of these)

1.  Put your canvas in your frame.  Use painter's tape to mark the edges of the frame on your canvas. 

2.  Take the canvas out of the frame & using more painter's tape, meet the edges of Step 1's tape.

3.  Remove the tape from Step 1.  You now know where you can put your crayons.

4.  Pick out your crayons.  We used 21 crayons for ours.  It was the perfect number for my frame, but we probably could have squeezed in a 22nd crayon for the boys.

5. On your work surface, line up your crayons the way you want them on your canvas.  Then, start applying the glue to your canvas, and add your crayons.

6.  Introduce your kids to some of your favorite big band songs, and dance around with them while waiting for the glue to dry.  It doesn't take long, about 10-15 minutes.

7.  Lay down some newspaper (we used a hand towel with some waxed paper on top), and prop the crayon side of your canvas up on your short jar.  With your space heater and/or blow dryer (make sure you have it on your lowest setting so it doesn't splatter the wax), start melting your crayons.

8.  Once the crayons start melting, you'll want to stand the canvas up more.  We did ours on the floor, so we just propped them up against the wall.

From left to right: Mine (when I did mine, I just had my canvas propped up on the jar, which gave me fatter drips), Awesome's (he picked his colors by how he wanted to see them mix, then wanted it hung horizontally to look like a machine gun!), and Bug's.

Now for the Crepe Paper Flowers

What you need:
Crepe Paper/Streamers

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Stick your flower onto the glued area, then cut away the excess.

8 pkgs. 24 crayons - $2 (.40 each @ Walmart - back to school sale)
1 pkg. 8x10 canvas - $3.50 (each pkg. contains 3 canvases @ Walmart)
Elmer's Glue - FREE (I had some on hand, but it's super cheap, anyway)
Yellow Crepe paper/streamers - $1 (pkg. of 2 rolls @ Dollar Tree)
Frames - $17.50 (All found @ Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off. The boys' were unfinished wood that I painted, and were $5 each on sale. My barnwood frame was $7.50 on sale)
Total Cost for 3 pieces of art - $24 or $8 each!

If you make one of these, I'd love to see your creation!  Just email me or join my Flickr group!

Linking up to some of these parties, this one, and this under $20 party!


  1. Gorgeous. I've seen this sort of thing floating around but your tutorial is so helpful. I love the green crayons with the yellow flowers. I would love it if you stopped by and shared at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  2. I love this idea and cannot wait to try it!

  3. I love this new application to the melted crayon art! Good job!

  4. So cute! I've seen the crayon art everywhere, but not the flower version! Great idea!
    ~*Jessica Lauren @ Copy-Cat-Crafter*~

  5. This looks so fun! I love the crepe paper flowers you added to yours! So pretty! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog:

  6. awesome idea! i love all the crayon art floating around the web. Really love your take on it.

  7. What a cute take on this project! Looks great :)

  8. i love your take on the melted crayon canvas art! such a good idea to do greens and make it a gardenscape. great job!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I'm so inspired by these! Thank you so much for sharing the steps!

    I'm your newest follower. :)

  10. Cannot believe these cost $8 each! I have never seen the flower variation before. Gorgeous! I am a new follower and I wanted to invite you to share this in a blog link up I am co-hosting.

  11. this is so darling! and perfect. I just did a fall crayon melting craft but you'rs is better! lol, I love it! such a creative idea. take care, I'm a new follower


  12. Have a great weekend! Thank you for linking up at

  13. How much fun is this?!?! I love it! I also love that your kids could do it with you :)

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial :)

    Thanks so much for linking to 20 Below Thursday!! :)

  14. Buzzing by from The Hive! Awesome share! New follow here too! :) POP ART MINIS

  15. Hello thought I would drop by, thanks for following. I am doing the same... so many connections to make on the super highway!!!! I love this project!!!!


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