When I was young, my mum and I were very poor. Not that I minded. 😀 In fact most of my best memories are from this time in my life. Of course mum wishes things had been different, but I guess that what mum’s do. *shrugs* In any case, this project is one that we had done when I was young. So if you have little ankle biters this could be a great way spend a rainy afternoon! You don’t need much do this either, but an adult is recommended for this one kiddies. The great thing about this project is that you can be as creative or as messy as you want. Depending on what you have planned. Mum and I were usually the messy sort. 😉
What You’ll Need:
- Crayons (with paper peeled off)
- Wax Paper
- A Clean Pencil Sharpener
- A Hot Iron, and Ironing Surface
- For a quick clean-up use a drop cloth or news paper in your work area.
- If you use a pencil sharpener, keep in mind that the crayon bits will be stuck in there for a while. You can take a pencil and sharpen it until it’s cleared, but I think it best to simply have a sharpener for just your crayons.
- The size of your wax paper will all depend on how much crayon you use, or how large/small you want your melts to be. Just remember to keep at least 6 inches around your shavings before you melt them. Otherwise you may find yourself chipping crayon out of fabric or off of counters. When in doubt, better to be safe than sorry. 😉
- For ease of moving your un-ironed works of crayon art, place a piece of cardboard under your first layer of wax paper. Then just lift the cardboard up and move your ready-to-iron work to your ironing surface.
Now if you are going with the messy then this is all you need to do. Get a sheet of wax paper and sharpen your crayons over it, so that the shavings fall on the paper. Put another sheet of wax paper over the top of your crayon shavings and then iron until crayons are melted. See, how simple is that? Of course, if you are the artsy type this may not be satisfying enough. 😉 No worries.
- Grab another sheet of wax paper.
- This time choose your crayon colours carefully. They can be several colours, or one, or shades of like colours, such as blues.
- Now it’s on to making the crayons into iron friendly sizes. You can use the pencil sharpener for thin strips, a knife for small chopped up pieces, or cheese grater for a finer grain. Just keep in mind that you don’t want your pieces too think.
- If you want to make a design, go for it! I find it easiest to draw what I want on the wax paper first, like a cat. This is only for a general outline, keep in mind that the crayons will melt and liquify under the iron. So don’t freak if your cat looks more like a mutated jelly fish when your done. Outlining the piece does help though, especially when placing where you want certain colours to go.
- Have your crayon piece set the way your want on your wax paper? Good. Now take another piece of wax paper and place it over the crayons to make a “sandwich” of sorts, paper – crayon – paper.
- Carefully iron your crayon sandwich until they are a melted pool between the wax papers.
- Once they have cooled take your cat and retraced the outline. Now cut that cat out! Looks much more like a cat doesn’t it. 😉
Be sure to keep the wax papers on. Don’t worry if the crayon melts crack, you can always retouch them with the iron. Once you have your creations melted, traced, and cut out you can do what you want with them. Frame them, hang them on windows, give them to friends… whatever strikes your fancy!
Now go out and get to melting! 😀
About the author Chyina
I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)