Melted Crayon / Dolphin Art

Pinterest has me hook, line and sinker.  In light of that, Buddy, Bug and I made a Pinterest inspired birthday present for my niece who is turning 9 this week.  She is in love with all things rainbow and dolphin, so that helped inspire the art piece below.  

Here's a step by step guide if you'd like to make your own version.

For this project, you'll need:
  • A bunch of color crayons. We used an assortment of new/old, broken/whole crayons with lots of different brands mixed together. I am sure new would work as well.
  • A hairdryer with a "hot" setting.
  • Hot glue gun with hot glue sticks.
  • A board of some kind.  We bought a pre-made wood plague from Michaels or Hobby Lobby, you could also use canvas.
  • Wood cut-outs or designs if desired.  We used dolphins.

To start, gather your supplies and arrange the crayons and designs on board in the fashion you so desire.

Once you have the design down, remove all the paper from the outside of crayons and place back on the board, this is a great part of the project to have the kids help with.  It is tedious, but not dangerous in any way.

Next (not pictured) use the hot glue gun to attach the crayons and decorative elements to the board.  Once everything is attached (turn upside down, if anything falls off, glue it back on) and secure, turn the whole piece in the direction in which you want the majority of the melted crayon to go and prop it up on something that can get dirty (like unopened cans) with paper lining underneath.  For us, this was upside down.

Hold the hairdryer close to the crayons on the hottest setting until the crayons start to melt.  Hold in place until the desired melting has occurred, move on to the next batch of crayons.  Turn the piece to melt in any direction, for more melting and dripping hold the hairdryer by crayons for longer.  For more straight drips, keep the fan on low, for high drippage and splashing effect, turn onto high and have fun.  

*Caution here, the melted crayons are hot and will burn you. Best to have an adult do this section.  Also, it makes a huge mess, so do it outside if possible.

Once it looks how you want it to look, let it dry and re-harden.  Once dry, you can take a butter knife and go along the edges to clean it up...

And voila - you have a once of a kind art piece, created by you for those you love.

Have fun and let me know how your creations turn out.  Oh, by the way, my niece loved the piece - so up her alley, rainbows, dolphins and good clean messiness!