This image has been all over Pinterest lately and the tutorials are everywhere. Here is my tutorial.
The last one that I made, the wax was running off the side of the board and I wasn’t to sure how to hang it and I have been wanting to make number 2. I decided that this was something that my bff Tracy and I should do together. We haven’t done a fun craft together in some time. She was game. Her boyfriend didn’t see the point in this project. What does he know??
Time to get all the supplies together:
- Glue (Elmers glue works fine)
- Foam core board or canvas. (We chose Foam core) It was a $1 at the Dollar Tree
- Crayons of assorted colors
- Hairdryer (You can also use an embossing gun or a heat gun)
Next you want to cut your board to size. If you have a canvas then obviously you can’t do this. The foam core that we got at the Dollar Tree didn’t have a glossy service and I think I like that the most. One the first piece that I did the foam core that I used was glossy and it made my piece very fragile. Don’t drop it. The wax will break and fall right off the piece. Anyway…. Lay all of your crayons in the order that you like. If you want to frame your final piece you will want to leave some space along the side and the top. I didn’t have a lot of crayons left since we were both doing our own piece. You might want to lay more crayons along the foam core.
Time to Glue: All you need is a little strip of glue on the back of your crayon. Like this….
I got a little messy with the glue as I went along. That won’t hurt it though. Once you have all of them down, let them dry for a little bit. I am impatient so I only waited like 5 minutes. Here are all my crayons all glued down and ready to be melted. Oooooooo, this part is so much fun!!!
This is Tracy’s piece. She laid hers out a little differently than I did, but I like it a lot. This process is time consuming. Start by turning the hair dryer to high heat and run it along the crayons. Move it back and forth. Leffttt to riiiiighhhttt. The top of the crayons will start to get soft and shiny and the tips of the crayons will start to drip down. Oh yeah, you must hold your board at a slight angle. We held it at an angle for a while and then we held it straight up to let the wax drip down. Once the wax started to melt at the top, we ran the hair dryer along the tops of the crayons and all the wax melted over the crayons. I think that looks kind of cool. Then we held the dryer at the tips of the crayons some more. If you get splatters then you have the dryer too close or you might want to turn it on low heat.
Once the wax starts to melt it will really start to DRIP!!! When it started to drip, we laid the board down all the way to stop the drips. Then we let it dry for a bit and started this whole process over again to get more drips. Finally we had plenty of layers to call it all done. She finished hers, but I did not yet. I will have the finished piece on here tomorrow.
Back to mine….. Look at all the pretty wax.
When you are finally done with your piece, do not let it get cold. It will dry and crack. I wanted mine to dry fast and I stuck it in the fridge. Bad move. The wax started to curl up and come off of my foam core. I had to run the hair dryer over the wax to melt it back onto my foam core.
When you are done, sign your name if you would like and frame it.
Now go make yours!!!!!