Artsy Things melted crayon canvas art tutorial (9 of 12)

Published on November 28th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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Five Upcycled Crayon Crafts

melted crayon canvas art

Ah, crayons…such versatile, waxy, brightly pigmented goodness! My little girls have a couple of nice boxes of unbroken, new-ish crayons reserved for schoolwork and special art projects, and a giant bin of broken, half-wrapped, stubby, old crayons, gathered here and there and everywhere, that we use for everything else.

Old crayons may seem like a nuisance to have underfoot, but they are incredible art supplies, and you can make some surprisingly sophisticated creations with them. Here are five projects, from canvas art to kid crafts, to get you started:

crayon encaustic art tutorialYou can color with crayons, sure, but you can also do a lot of other things with that wax and pigment. For beautiful abstract canvas art, try your hand at crayon encaustic art–all you need are some unwrapped crayons, a canvas to work on, and a candle!

To easily unwrap a crayon, slice the paper wrapper all the way down the side of the crayon (carefully!) with an x-acto knife, then simply slip the wrapper off.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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  • Amanda

    The melted crayon canvas artwork is pretty neat and have now seen them everywhere. I would not however consider it to be upcycled at all though since they are new, personally I think it would of been more useful to donate to a kid/school (as far as talking about upcycle, reduce and whatnot) but hey that’s just me and my HO…

    • http://www.craftknife.blogspot.com Julie Finn

      Good point! You could probably make a crayon canvas work by using half-used crayons that are still in their wrappers, or at least still have some wrapper to work with. We homeschool, and so we have a couple of nice boxes of “school” crayons, mostly so that I know that my kiddos have a complete box with a full spectrum of colors for their schoolwork. If a crayon gets more than 1/3 used, however, it’s too hard for little fingers to get it out of the box, and so I generally replace that color and toss the used crayon in our crayon crafts bin. Those different-sized crayons might make an even more interesting crayon canvas…

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