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Smiley Melted Crayon Art

"You're never fully dressed without a smile," and this kids' craft will keep you smiling for years. Join the melted crayons art trend in the happiest of ways, and you'll have wall decor that keeps you cheery. Smiley Melted Crayon Art is a jolly twist on the most popular craft around. Use old crayons to make this project a recycled materials craft, meaning it is affordable and environmentally friendly. It's an easy craft from Fiskars that results in absolutely amazing artwork, so no wonder everyone's doing it!

Cheerful Melted Crayon Art

Materials:

  • 1 stretched canvas
  • Strong liquid adhesive, Glossy Accents by Ranger
  • Crayons (they do not need to be new)
  • Old Magazines
  • Chipboard Letters
  • XXXXL Circle Lever Fiskar's punch
  • X-Large Oopsie Daisy Fiskar's punch
  • X-Large Round-n-Round Fiskar's punch
  • Strong temporary adhesive
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Paint
  • Patterned papers

Instructions:

  1. Begin by adhering a row of crayons to the top of an 11 x 14 canvas using Glossy Accents by Ranger.
     
  2. Next, punch shapes from an old magazine to create masks, and use an old chipboard alphabet set for the lettering. Trace around the letters with a pencil and paint inside the lines.
     
  3. Then, adhere the chipboard letters on top of the painted letters. If you do not want any wax seeping under the edges, be sure to completely cover the surface of your masks with a strong but temporary adhesive, and use one that will not soften (and thus release) when heated.

    Cheerful Melted Crayon Art
     
  4. After the masks are all in place, begin melting the crayons by using a hair dryer set on high heat about 12 inches from the crayons. The melting happens in about 2 minutes. Use a Fiskars Cutting Mat under the canvas, or since the wax really splatters, spread newspaper under the project.

    Cheerful Melted Crayon Art
     
  5. Clean away any unwanted wax under masks. Use a bamboo skewer to scratch away some of the wax.
     
  6. Repaint any still waxy letters with a very thin coat of paint still allowing some of the crayon to show through.

    Cheerful Melted Crayon Art
     
  7. To create the smiley face, use the XXXXL Circle Lever punch for the face.
     
  8. Use 2 of the petals from the X-Large Oopsie Daisy punch, to create 2 eyes.
     
  9. Use the X-Large Round-n-Round punch to punch out a mouth. To achieve an even smile, punch a circle, and then holding the punch sideways, press thumb along the bottom edge of the punch and drop the circle back into the slot. Thumb should hold punched circle in place so it is still partially in the cutting area.

    Cheerful Melted Crayon Art
     

           Cheerful Melted Crayon Art

 

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We used to do this when I was younger. The kids will find this fun!

i like the candles (:

we have so many short color crayons and what better to use them on than this colorful project

Colorful, an easy craft to get little one's creative juices flowing. A great way to encourage future crafters!

i remember doing this in elementary!!!!:D thanks for the giveaway!!:D

This looks like a lot of fun! and nice and colorful!

I saw something similar to this in my son's school's art show last year. I think this is a neat project, even for little ones.

I have seen this project all over the internet and am dying to try it! I have tons of used crayons that need to be recycled and this is the perfect craft for that.

Going to give this one a try when the kiddo is home over break.

Wow!!! First time I've ever seen anything like this!!!

I like this project-kids will love helping to melt the crayons.

Well of course this rainbow of colors makes me happy! Love the project!

This is super cool! Thank you! :)

This is really different. Cool way to use up extra crayons!

Looks safer and less toxic fume inducing than the crayon projects I did as a kid, which involved an oven and melted pill bottles.

This a great craft. I remember doing something similar with my dad when I was a kid. I will try this with my grand kids.

I think it is wonderful way to make some really cool art. use up crayons and the kids can really get into this one.

This looks like a lot of fun. I can't wait to try it!

This is a very neat craft, my granddaughter would love it. Good way to use her mothers crayons.

What a great way to use up that basket of used crayons we have!

My niece will love this! Thanx for the idea! :)

This looks like fun. I think me and my kids might give it a try. I have a lot of old crayons and been wondering what to do with them. Thanks for the great idea.

I just love this idea...I just need to find the perfect place and project to make with it! I have boxes and boxes of crayons...I tend to buy myself a new one...along with a new coloring book...just in case!

Cool! I've always wanted to learn how to do this!

I love melted crayon art! I think it would be great in any kids room, a classroom or daycare, etc. I like the sentiment on this one. Very cute!

What kids wouldn't be happy getting this!!

I hate to admit this, but it doesn't appeal to me all that much.

Very cool effect. I love it!

I love this project!!my favorite kids craft is fingerpainting. It is messy but fun!

Love this and two of the children at Seaside Heights (my old stomping grounds) would love to have this and the directions and tools to make one themselves. Here is the link to the project right now and I've been asked to have my shoeboxes filled with items for children (including crayons!) and this would be great to do for them. They all lost so much in Hurricane Sandie. https://www.facebook.com/RebuildSeasideHeights?ref=ts&fref=ts

This is really cute!

love this idea

This is a really "Groovy" art craft, reminds me of what my mom used to make in the 60's!

Melted crayon projects look like so much fun

This is such a unique idea. I love it and can't wait to try it with my son.

This is a really cute craft idea.

This is cute and very doable. We just might have to try this sometime in the new year.

This is an awesome idea! I can't wait to try it with my daughter.

What a cute craft and that would look so cute in a class room or kids room.

Melted crayon art is really taking off - I just saw a tutorial for tree ornaments using glass balls and melted crayons!

What a fun and fantastic craft to do with my grandchildren. I hope I win!

This looks so fun and happy. Will try it with my friends kids as mine are too old!!

When we were little my mom taught us hoe to make candles using our broken crayons by dropping them in the hot wax and watching them melt down to form the colors.

I saw this on pinterest and can't wait to try it

I've seen this on pinterest! Looks like so much fun!

This is so cool!!

What a cute projects. Looks like it's a lot of fun to make.

I've seen these made at our local craft store and they look super easy to make and fun wall art for your kids' rooms.

This looks like such a fun project for my grand kids.....I can see some summer reunion fun also! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!! You guys ROCK!!!

This is really cool! I never imagined that crayons would melt like that! :)

I'm going to try this with some of our old crayons and see what different patterns we can get.

this looks like fun. At Christmas my grandkids and I still melt crayons between pieces of waxed paper to make "stained glass windows."

OMG! This is sooo cute! Gonna share this with all my friends who have young kids who would have fun with this!!

This is a really cool idea the possiblities are endless, the ideas are starting to flow LOL

This is awesome! I want to make one!

Very cool.

Oh, how awesome!

Will have to give this a try when my grand babies are older. Thanks.

This melted crayon project is amazing! Love it!

What a clever idea to use up those broken or old crayons. I like it.

What a great project!

Great craft idea

Want to do this project with my grandson.

I absolutely love this project! We've seen it before at a friend's home - Can't wait to try it out with our children. Now we have instructions! :) So happy! - -

My favorite kids craft is picture frames for school photos made of six-inch wooden rulers.

I love this...one of these days I'm going to try it. Would make a good gift for a teacher.

great use for old crayons!

Looks like a great craft. Will have to pass it on to some friends with kids in the house. Everyone seems to have a few old or broken crayons lying around.

I remember this as a kid. However, we used wax papar and an old iron to get the effect. Always a fun way to see what would be the end product

I'm always looking for fun new crafts to do with my grandson, and I've definitely added this one to our To Do List.

Very cute. Might be something to try with the kids

I love crafts that recycle! I was wondering what to do with all the old crayons that I couldn't bear to throw away!

That looks fun!! may have to try that soon. i have some old gross crayons that this would be an awesome use for!!

Grandkids would love this!

Very inventive use for old crayons...

That's a GREAT WAY to use up broken crayons and make a fun project with the kids at the same time! GREAT IDEA! THANKS!

Love how colorful this is! We have done many crayon crafts, but this may be my favorite.

Love it! Would make a great gift and my kids would love to help make it!

I can see a fun and happy mess!! My nieces would absolutely love doing this, that I can see having to do this each and every time they come over.

Perfect craft for kids regardless of age level.

Looks like a fun craft to do with the kids on Christmas break!

This is a great idea! Our grandchildren love to do art projects and this would be a great way to even use some of their broken crayons etc. They can make it very personalized.

I love the melted crayon art, its fun and easy!

Great idea! I have a little girl here that would love doing this.

We've done this with foamcore board as well as canvas. They're hanging in our hallway now, and I LOVE seeing what the kids (and I - who could resist???) did. They're so creative.

This is so CUTE!!!

We made something similar to this on 4x6 canvases so each of the kids could try it out.

Wow, I never would have thought you could do this with crayons! Very cool! I'll definitely be giving this one a try!

This looks like something we will be doing soon!

This would be a fun project for my grandson and me to do.

How fun!

Little elementary school girls will love this the most I think.

so cute! I keep meaning to try this too. Does it matter if you use cheap dollar store crayons or should they be better ones?

This is a really neat project! Looking forward to trying it!

i've been wanting to do one of these crayola pictures. such a cute idea!

I love all the different variations of this art and hope to try it soon with some students!

This is a fun project to do with the kids they loved it!!!

Really creative.

Very cute. My favorite craft to make with kids are beaded candy canes and wreaths.

Love this - I have boxes of old crayons so think this will be a project for the grandkids when they have Christmas break!!!!

It is fun to melt crayons, but they do get messy and will splatter. We have done this on a styrofoam pumpkin painted all white and it turned out pretty cool!

How cool is that! Wish my kids were little again so I'd have an excuse to try it.

This reminds me what we use to do when we were kids. We would place broken Crayons in between 2 pieces of wax paper and pressed them with an iron until they melted together. I thought it was so neat to see what colors we could come up with. A blow dryer is a lot safer to use than an iron, but we didn't have blow dryers when I was a kid. Thnaks for a fun memory.

This inspires me to have my niece over for a crafting day!

So fun and messy ... the kids will love it! Think I'll wait until it's warmer, though ... doing this outdoors might be best LOL!

Interesting craft I would like to try this in the new year

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