This Saturday I found myself wondering, “How can I be the cool aunt?” My niece and nephew were spending the day with me and I was hoping to find something fun to do with them.
What did I come up with?
Armed with several boxes of crayons, some canvas boards, a hot glue gun, and a hair dryer, we got busy! We did two different melted crayon art methods.
I learned about the first method from Meg at the blog Whatever. She has beautiful pictures of her hair dryer crayon art and it is even used in her blog’s header. Hot glue new crayons onto a canvas and then set your hair dryer on high to melt the crayons. Don’t forget to protect the wall and floors around your canvas from wax drips!
This is my niece’s finished piece using the hair dryer.
I couldn’t resist making my own. I’m not sure why my wax curved as it went down. That didn’t happen to my nephew or niece. They all turned out so different!
The second method came from this YouTube video. It ended up being kind of tricky, but shoving a crayon through a glue gun does work! I bought a cheap $3 glue gun from Walmart in case this would ruin the glue gun. We used old, left over crayons for this method.
Isn’t that cool?!?! My niece and nephew laid their canvas flat to get this kind of “drop” effect. You can also prop your canvas up to get a “streak” effect that would be similar to the hair dryer method.
I never do crafty stuff like this. What I realized this weekend is that the thing that stops me from doing this stuff is not a lack of enjoyment. I love art projects!! It is buying the needed supplies. It isn’t even all about the money. It is taking the time to go and get the stuff. How silly is that?!?!
What craft ideas do you have for me, the lazy craft lady?