Friday, January 13, 2012

Family Fun Friday ~ Crayon Art

Happy Friday, Everyone! Today, I am sharing a fun project that Peyton and I put together a few nights ago. I've seen these projects all over Pinterest, so I decided that we needed to make one for our art room... Here's a quick look at the finished product... Super cute, right?!?

I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos, since it's the middle of the winter, we did our project in the basement, so there's not a lot of natural light seeping into the photos. So here's a step by step on how we put this together... It's super easy!

Step 1: Gather the Crayons, Canvas, & Glue Gun
  • Instead of buying a new box of crayons, I decided to raid Peyton's box of slightly used crayons so that we could use doubles of the colors we had. It was fun to go to the crayons with her and talk about her favorite colors. It was also fun to let her decide where in the rainbow we should insert a color...
  • There aren't any rules as to how many colors to actually used, so we just picked what we liked and laid them out in a row...
  • Also, instead of buying a new canvas, I repurposed a canvas that we were using somewhere else. If you don't have one lying around, you can get one pretty cheap at your local hobby store.
  • Finally, we've been using the glue gun a lot lately, so gathering the glue sticks and glue gun were pretty easy, since they were already on my craft table. (Just remember, the glue gun should only be used by an adult - I would NOT recommend letting your little one handle one as it gets SUPER hot on the end)

Step 2: Find the Middle of the Canvas and the Rainbow of Crayons
  • This part is fun, just start in the middle of the canvas and the middle of your rainbow.
  • I just put one dot of hot glue on each end of the backside of the crayon and placed them on the canvas.
  • Yes, you can see I was a little particular about how I placed the label of the crayon on the canvas, but you could definitely just put the crayons more randomly for more of an abstract look.

Step 3: Get your Hairdryer!
  • Now, this is where the fun really begins... 
  • Simply put your hairdryer on high and hold it about 6 inches away from the end of the crayons angled down.
  • After a few minutes, the crayon will begin to melt and you start getting this really cool canvas...
  • Just be sure you put something under your canvas if you are worried about the crayon dripping onto the floor...
Peyton had a fun time watching the crayons melt! Now we just need to go get her some new crayons!
Now we have a wonderful art piece that is hanging in our art room right above her art table. It was a super fun project and we had a great time making it together. So if you are looking for a fun art project to do and one you can use somewhere in the house, you should definitely try this one!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Interesting. Like this.


Canvas Art Prints From Photos said...

Nice,Like this. You may be better to paint the canvas then adhere the beads with PVA once the paint is dry,the glue will dry clear.

yyam said...

Oh wow! This is soooo cool! :)