Monday, January 25, 2016

Melted Crayon Heart Art

Time for another kids' craft using one of my favorite craft room staples, the warming tray!


If you don't have a warming tray yet, you can use any electric griddle. I recommend getting one at a garage sale or thrift store that you can dedicate to crafts though. Don't use the same one you use for pancakes, unless you have a fondness for eating wax (no judgment here). 

You'll also need cardstock, a paper scrap cut into a heart, some unwrapped crayons, and a mini grater (again, dedicated to crafts). If you don't have a mini grater, a plastic knife works too.


Turn on the warming tray. Place the cardstock on it, then put the heart in the center. Use the grater or the knife to grate/shave crayon bits over the paper. Put the heaviest amount of shavings near the edges of the heart, decreasing as you move away from it.


The wax will melt within a few seconds. When you're happy with the amount of color, unplug the warming tray. Remove the cardstock, then carefully lift the heart up and discard it. You can add a message inside the heart or leave it plain.


This craft works just as well with any shape in the center. Try it with a monogram, a star, a lucky clover, or anything else you can dream up!

5 comments:

  1. Wowwwwwwwwww! This looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Fun! I love this craft. I've never seen a mini grater before! I think I need one. ;)

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    1. I got mine at a kitchen outlet store for under a dollar. You do need one!

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  3. I used to do this all the time w/ my kids when they were little! Although all we did was melt the crayon wax and let "it" decide what shape it wanted to take! Never thought of using a shaped 'template'.
    We would put our shavings on one paper, cover it w/ another and then iron it w/ a regular clothes iron to make the crayon melt. The kids loved it... so easy and fun!

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    1. I've done that too, although with waxed paper so that the crayon wax is sealed between the two sheets. So much fun!

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