Last week’s challenge for So You Think You’re Crafty was “kids can do”. I really wanted to create a project that was fun, colourful and messy – all the things I loved as a kid. Keeping those elements in mind I created this melted crayon heart project. I ended up coming third last week – you can check out all of the results and vote on this week’s challenge – upcycle – here.
I got a brand new giant box of Crayola crayons (which was super exciting in itself – it reminded me of being a kid and how much potential a new box of crayons always held for me). I arranged them into the heart pattern on a canvas; and glued them in place.
Then the fun started. I used a heat gun (a blow dryer works as well and would be a better choice for kids to use) to melt the crayons and blow the liquid wax around into exciting patterns, and giant drips over the canvas edges. The wax melts at a low temperature so you don’t have to worry about burning tiny fingers (although any heat source used for this project should involve adult supervision). Once I had the melted wax the way I wanted it I added the word “share” to the heart’s center – for “share love”… although the possibilities are endless for what to feature in the center, including precious photographs.