Melted Crayon Artwork

I came up with another project for the kids and I to do utilizing our over abundance of crayons.

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For this project I used a cookie sheet from the Dollar Store. We then put broken up crayons (wrappers removed) on the cookie sheet and put it in a preheated oven at 225 degrees. They were melted after about 10 minutes.

Next we removed the pan from the oven and started putting different objects into the melted crayon mixture that we had laying around the house (wooden hearts, stars and sequins) and then we sprinkled glitter over the entire project.

You need to act pretty quick when placing your objects because the crayon mixture cools and hardens fairly quick.

This was a very easy project and I think this is a cool piece of artwork!

For another idea to use old crayons read about another project we did here!

Do You Need Stress Relief?

This past October I found this on my wall:

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This piece of graffiti was doodled by my sweet 2 year old Cesar.

This actually occurred when I was sitting 2 feet away reading a book with my 5 year old son Bency. I did hear a tapping noise and do remember slightly glancing in that direction, but just thought he was tapping on the wall….and the lamp…and the windowsill of our large bay window with his fingers.

But alas, that wasn’t the case and each of these things was covered in blue crayon.

Now, you may be surprised to hear that having two older children this was actually my first go around with the crayon on the wall trick.

I had heard about the brilliance of Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser for such cases as this but had never purchased one before. I finally got around to buying one in November to erase the evidence of his mischief.

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Oh my heavens, I was beyond delighted with this little product. A foam sponge that you just wet a little bit and off comes the crayon in one swipe. Not only was there a hint of blue left behind on the sponge but also black….meaning it had picked up dirt that was not visible to the naked eye.

I began going around the house cleaning up scuff marks and all kinds of things that I had tried numerous times to wash off with a rag and soapy water. It was all coming off!

By no means am I a clean freak and all of these marks and blemishes had not bothered me before but watching them come off so easily was like watching a magic show!

I’ve heard other people say before that cleaning is a stress relief for them. This has never been the case for me. I view cleaning as an obligatory duty. It has to be done every day with three small children in the house. Every time I clean, I am slightly disgusted with the grime I come across and am totally disheartened when all my hard work is messed up 5 minutes after I get it done.

But the Magic Eraser was different. With every scuff and blemish I erased, I felt a little lighter, a little brighter and a lot less stressed.

Throughout the holiday season, I took out my Magic Eraser quite a bit. There’s no end to dirt and scratches in our house. When I got overwhelmed with how much was on my to-do-list, I took out my little foam sponge of wonder and performed my magic tricks around the house. It gave me the extra oomph I needed to tackle the wrapping, baking and projects that needed to get done.

As for the rest of my house…well there’s always cleaning to do, so much in fact that I could relieve the stress of about 10 people who are into that sort of thing!

Me and my little mischief maker Cesar

Me and my little mischief maker Cesar

Art Project With REAL Fire

Every time I go on Pinterest I’m seeing more and more of the art project that has people gluing brand new crayons on a canvas and then using a hair dryer to melt them. It creates a running stream of wax down the entire canvas and creates a beautiful work of art. I never did this as a kid or anything that involved melting crayons. It intrigued me.

However, I knew a new box of sharp crayons is too highly coveted in our house to use and besides we have hundreds upon hundreds of dull, neglected crayons. Also, the use of a hair dryer seemed a bit boring to me.

Alas, I came up with my own project. This project utilizes real FIRE! Since this was an experiment for me, I waited for a day when my daughter was gone and my almost 2 year old was down for his nap and could be a one-on-one project with my 5 year old Bency.

First, I started with a blank canvas. (I actually used a paint by number canvas. These were on clearance at a local craft store and seeing as how my kids like to do their own thing, paint by number wasn’t a huge hit.)

Blank canvas not required….you’re going to be filling it up!

Next, cover your work surface (I forgot this step and got melted wax all over my dining room table!); get your old, dull, PEELED, crayons (we used 10-12) and a candle.

Now you can start creating by simply holding your crayon over the flame for a few seconds to get the wax hot and then quickly move the crayon above the canvas to let the wax splatter on it.

We just focused on making abstract art this time as it’s hard to control where the wax always lands. I think with practice we’ll get better!

On a scale of 5 I give this project 3 stars. I really enjoyed doing it but it was time consuming. We spent 2 hours on this (Bency wanted to keep going but my other son woke up from his nap). It was messy but it was my fault that I didn’t lay newspaper down! Plus it is potentially dangerous. Open flame and 5 year old doesn’t really go together so supervise your child at ALL times!

My son gave it a solid 5 stars! He has been proudly showing off his work of art to everyone he sees and telling them he used REAL FIRE!

The finished product!