Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Melted Crayon Heart Art

Ever since I first saw all the cool melted crayon art work, I really wanted to make one.  However, it wouldn't really go in my girls' room, and the boys have plenty of wall art already; I don't have a play room to hang it in; and both of their teachers have enough of this kind of stuff - one's retiring this year, too.  So I never made any.  Now with Valentine's Day just around the corner, another idea popped into my head, what about a heart shaped melted crayon picture.  Yeah!! Now I have a reason to try this cool technique out.

This is what I came up with. Here it is displayed with the topiary ball I made here.  As I was forming this idea in my head, I decided to see if anyone else had come up with this idea and this is the only one I found. So I decided to give it a go and make a little tutorial while I was at it. That way you can all learn from my mistakes. :)

Supplies:
12x12 canvas

Glue gun
White paint - if you're a little messy like I was
Vinyl or contact paper
Crayons - lots of crayons depending on how you do it.
My vision was to do all pinks, reds, and purples.  However, as I got going and need a lot more crayons and I only bought 5 boxes, I decided to add in a little pop of turquoise, a little lime green, and yellow.  I also added a few brown crayons, thinking a nice brown stripe here and there would be cool and tie into my room.  BIG MISTAKE! Ummm, when crayons melt, they don't stay in straightish-lines. It kind of blended into everything else and wasn't quite the look I was going for.


Start by drawing/tracing a heart as big as you want onto your canvas.  (See the TIP below.)  Lay your crayons out to give you sort of an idea and to see how many crayons you'll need. This was when I realized I didn't have enough just pinks and reds and added the other colors.  Since my canvas was so small, I cut my crayons in a about half.


Then begins the fun job of tearing off all the wrappers.  At least Maddie decided to help me. (oh, and we had no school this day, that's why her hair is not even combed.)  Then start gluing.  Note:  I would have preferred to leave the wrappers on, I like that look, and it would have been soooo much easier to glue (hot glue + wax crayon = melting before you even get it on the canvas,) but I had two different brands of crayons. Also, if you leave the wrappers on you can tell what colors they are. Turquoise and purple start look a lot alike without wrappers.

Melting the crayons was fun.  Make sure you have newspapers covering a good area, because it does splatter a little.  I used my blow dryer on the highest setting; the other settings weren't hot enough.

I put my template back in the middle to hopefully keep the center clean from some of the crayons melting backwards.  It helped a little, but not enough.  TIP:  If you cut your center heart (template) out of vinyl or maybe even better, contact paper and lay that on first before you even glue the crayons on, I think it would keep the "back-melt" of the crayons from making such a mess.

See the mess I ended up with.  Not so great.  However, I found that some white paint was easy enough, although the big spot on the right took several coats, to cover it up with.  Plus if you're not real careful and you have a few stray crayon lines or flakes in the middle, the paint is great to cover all those up, too.

Final step, cut your saying out of vinyl or contact paper and stick to the middle.  Ta Da!!  A unique, but fun piece of art work for Valentine's day, or since mine didn't work so well with the pinks and reds, I think I might keep it up for a while longer.


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47 comments:

Tammy @ Type A said...

that is too cute! oh and btw, you WON my Shabby Creations Give Away!!!! congrats! xx

Mamma Mia said...

Well, now that's one of the coolest projects I've seen!

Leslie said...

That is SO AWESOME! I want to try it! I like it with all the different colors.

Kristen said...

This is so cool! I'm trying to think of other shapes or things I do with it :-)

DebbieDoesCreations said...

Love it! I've been seeing and wondering what I could do. So cute for Valentine's day.

Vere Perez said...

So cool! I think I might try to do it for my stepdaughter's room.

Melissa said...

That is such a cool idea! I LOVE it!

Sarah@PickedbyJane said...

This is great! I've seen crayon art floating all over Pinterest, but not like this one...I love the original twist you put on it. Well done :)

the Turquoise Iris said...

My kids would love this!!

Marilyn said...

OMGosh.. this is sooo darn adorable and darling.. I LOVE it.. So unique and creative.. Thanks for sharing.. I HAVE to try it sometime.. : )) Wishing you a perfect end to your week.. ~M

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This is amazing! What a great project. I hope you will link this up to my I Heart Projects Linky Party if you haven't already.
www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

Jenny Melrose said...

Love it! I love the easel that you have it propped up on to. Did you create that as well or did you find it somewhere? If you found it somewhere, please share. I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance stop by www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

Jenny, I got the easel at Michaels, I believe. I got it probably a year ago though, and I think it was on clearance.

{Adventuresindinner} said...

This is so lovely! I can just see how excited small one would be to see her artwork in one of these 'frames'!

Thanks so much for taking part in our Pin'Inspiration Party. Hope that you are having as much fun exploring as I am and that you'll take part in helping the "Beat the Winter Blues" on Saturday.

4you-withlove said...

Thanks for sharing this. I've seen a lot of crayon art but none with a shape....It looks GREAT!

Amy said...

VERY cute! I've seen others, but I love the 'you melt my heart' idea. Might actually give it a go. Thanks for the step by step.

Wendys Hat said...

I am in LOVE with this! Too cool!

Sandy Ang said...

what a cool idea !

Rachel said...

What a cool idea!! I'd love for you to share this at my very first link party.
Rachel
http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesdays-link-party.html

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

What a great idea! I wonder if I have enough time to make this for the hubby from Princess...Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

www.bearrabbitbear.com

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

Megan and Emily@Whimsically Homemade said...

I've seen melted crayon art everywhere, but this by far one of the most creative. I love it!

Sincerely,

Your newest follower :)

Christene Houston {Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat Sponsor} said...

Now that is just plain cool! Love it! Crayons, melting, mess/art. All the best things wrapped together. This is awesome!

Shiloh said...

What a great take on the melted crayon art! I love it:)

Julie said...

It really did turn out cool. Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/lobster-stuffed-mushrooms-show-your.html

Blythe said...

This is a great project! Would love to try it with my kids! Thank you for sharing.
Blythe
www.thedesperatecraftwives.blogspot.com

Antonella said...

So cute - Love these crayon art projects - your heart is super creative!
I am stopping by from the 36th Avenue link party where I've linked up too.
Hugs, antonella :-)
my free printables are here

Jaunita said...

Yes I am trying this idea for a Valentine's gift but my hot glue gun is melting the crayons instead of sticking to template what can I do? Thanka

Mindie Hilton said...

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

aggieam01 said...

BEEEEUUUUU tiful. I love this!!!!!!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

WOW!! This would be a fun gift for a teacher, too! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said...

Love this! What a great new take on what's already out there. Cool!

Our Delightful Home said...

This is too cute! I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

So much fun...my kids would LOVE this!


XO, Aimee

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

I love this idea! So cute and a fun project for the kids! Please stop over and share at Mix it up Monday:

http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/02/mix-it-up-monday_12.html

I hope to see you soon :)

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

So fun! Love it! I'm pinning this one :) Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Katie @ Little Becky Homecky said...

This is adorable!! Great job on it!!

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Love this idea!

Heidi said...

This is great!! This is being featured today at {Junk in their Trunk}...you always have the best stuff! =) Thanks for linking up each week!

Tiffany said...

I love crayon canvas art, and I really love this version of it. Super awesome! :)

Kadie said...

What a clever way to do crayon art!! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

Debbie Corbari said...

Absolutely AWESOME! WOW! I love it!

Kathryn Pepper said...

I love this! I'm featuring this on my Feature Friday post today! Please stop by and grab a "Featured" button! Awesome job!

XO! Kathryn
destinationcraft.blogspot.com

Jessica Kielman said...

I have a friend that made one of these not too long ago...yours is adorable, and one of a kind! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to add this, along with anything else you like!
http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html
Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Natasha Mairs said...

Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
Hope to can join us again tomorrow

Natasha

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Faith @ Artistic31Mama said...

This post has been pinned and featured on my blog as the top 10 Valentine's Day crafts. Thanks for sharing http://www.artistic31mama.com/2013/01/valentines-day-crafts-and-ideas.html

My Vinyl Designer said...

Thought you'd like to know that we just shared your awesome idea with our customers here .... http://on.fb.me/1meDFdd .... thanks for the wonderful tutorial. {My Vinyl Designer}

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