I know Teacher Appreciation was last week, but we like to give our teachers an end of the year present. I usually don’t even let my kids take the gift until the very last day of school. It’s been fun brainstorming a gift this year. There is so much inspiration everywhere! I love all of the melted crayon art that pops up all over Pinterest. We wanted to do something a little more personal, so we made personalized Melted Crayon Art.
To make this, you need a flat 11×17 canvas (I got them at Michael’s for something like $9.00 for a 5 pack) and a box of 64 crayons (I got both Crayola and Cra-Z-Art – I wanted to see the difference).
First, line up your crayons how you want them to be on the canvas. I was going for a rainbow color blocking look.
After they are all lined up, get your glue gun ready!
I tried to put enough hot glue on the canvas to glue down 6 or 7 at a time. Pretty easy!
I was surprised at the difference in color range between Cra-Z-Art and Crayola. I think overall they are both good crayons, but I didn’t realize the colors were so different.
After they are all glued on, you need to melt the crayon. I’ve heard that you can do this with a blow dryer. I happen to own a heat gun which gets way hotter than a blow dryer, so I used that. I love my heat gun! I found it at Harbor Freight for around $10 and it’s been worth every penny. There are so many uses (melting the end of ribbon so it won’t fray, shrink wrapping, melting crayon).
The heat gun melts it so fast. It took my less than 10 minutes to melt all of the crayons. I love the pretty crayon pool at the bottom.
After the crayon cooled off and hardened, I added each of the teacher’s names in vinyl on top of the crayon.
The difference in the crayon brands went way beyond color. The Crayola melted a little bit slower and thickened up sooner resulting in a more uniform look. The Cra-Z-Art has a more runny look but the colors are more vibrant. I really love them both!
These were so easy (and inexpensive) to make. I think both of my kid’s teachers will love them!