Melted crayon art is simply good, slightly messy fun. Have your kids scrounge up all those slightly broken crayons in the various crayon boxes scattered throughout your house while you get the rest of your supplies ready.
You will need:
- a veggie peeler or knife
- bowls or dixie cups
- thick paper or cardstock
- an iron & ironing board
- wax paper
First, take your heavy paper or card stock and decide what you would like to decorate. We printed this turkey, but I think leaves might have turned out better since the colors tend to melt together! There are tons of options free online, or let your child draw something (large) on her own!
Once you have everything ready, choose several colors from the crayon box. You will probably need to help your child make the crayon shavings. We chose a few basic colors and shaved them into small bowls. Simply peel off the crayon wrapper (a great job for little ones!) while you scrape the shavings into the bowls. When you feel like you have enough colors, show your child how to sprinkle colors onto her drawing. I let my 4-year-old do it all by herself. In retrospect, I probably should have removed some of the darker colors piles (yellows and oranges looked the best!) and also thinned out some of the thicker areas because they ended up being very dark.
Heat up your iron on a very low setting. Place a large piece of wax paper on your ironing board to prevent wax leaking all over! Then carefully transfer your child's drawing with the crayon shavings on top. Place a second piece of wax paper on top of the drawing and carefully iron over the wax paper. As soon as all the crayon is melted, you are finished! It won't take much ironing at all. Let the crayon cool completely, then remove the wax paper to reveal your child's colorful work of art!
I cut the outline of our turkey since the colors bled into each other so much, but my daughter was thrilled with the fun results. I think leaves or a drawing with fewer details would work better for this project.
At any rate, take a step back into your past today and melt some crayons with your child. Make some fun fall decorations and put those crayon scraps to use today!