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DIY Melted Crayon Art

By: The Designers for Wagner SprayTech
Updated July 12, 2020
DIY Melted Crayon Art
DIY Melted Crayon Art
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Your gorgeous DIY melted crayon art project will be one of a kind, and making this heat gun craft is easier than it looks! This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make melted crayon art, and will inspire tons of ideas for more unique craft projects. This art project leaves tons of room to get creative. Use any color crayons you like, and add any embellishments that inspire you to your finished canvas! This crayon drip art is perfect for your next project, so what are you waiting for?

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Time to CompleteIn an evening


Materials List


  1. Start by gathering your materials and choosing unique crayon colors for your project! We decided to go with a fall-theme, but you can choose whichever colors and designs you’d like. Popular crayon melting ideas include adding phrases or colored pictures for the wax to drip over.

    Note: A heat gun like the Wagner HT400 will be a lifesaver when you’re melting crayons! Other tutorials might tell you that a hairdryer will work, but hairdryers usually only reach 140° whereas the HT400 heat gun has two temperature settings: high 680°F (360°C) and low 450°F (230°C).

  2. Tape your crayons to a piece of cardboard or directly onto your canvas. We chose to tape the crayons to cardboard so we’d be able to have more control over where the wax drips.

  3. Place down newspaper under the canvas to catch any wax that might miss the canvas.

  4. Turn on your heat gun! For this project, we used both temperature settings. We used the high setting to quickly melt the tips of the crayon and then switched to the low setting when we wanted the wax to drip more slowly.

    It’s super satisfying to watch the wax melt down the canvas! The best part is that the wax dries almost instantly so you don’t need to worry about long dry times!

    Note: To avoid burning the canvas or crayon paper, we recommend holding the heat gun at least 2-3 inches away.

  5. Change colors as needed. We wanted to create a blue sky with fall flowers underneath so we created the sky with blue crayons and then switched to orange, red, yellow and green crayons.

    We flipped the canvas upside down and applied heat with the HT400 again!

  6. Next, we added floral accents to the art piece to create a 3D effect! This step is totally optional, but adds a nice touch.

    We used regular crafting glue to add little sunflowers, fall-colored leaves and a mini faux-pumpkin!

  7. Enjoy your melted crayon work of art! This project was super simple to do, but SO much fun! It can easily be completed in less than 2 hours on a chilly fall afternoon or at a crafting party with friends.

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