Friday, September 25, 2015

DIY Melted Crayon Photo Strip Canvas

We've seen many projects done with melted Crayola Crayons, but this one is our favorite! We love crafting with photos, so creating this unique photo collage canvas and crayons was so much fun. If you haven't tried crafting with melted crayons, you should give it a try!

Choose the size of canvas that will fit the space where you'll place your new art piece. {Remember that our Stretched Canvases are always 40% off reg. price}

Here are the other supplies you'll need:
Crayola Crayons (they melt better than other brands)
Photos of your choice
Craft Knife
Mod Podge (used as glue and sealer for your photos)
Quick Grip Adhesive
Newspaper or Craft Paper
Heat Gun

We used a heat gun, but if you are using a hair dryer make sure to test it first to see what setting works better for melting the crayons. We suggest covering your work space before you get started - it could get a little messy.

You may want to watch the short video below where Billie Jo shows us how to make a Melted Crayon Flower Bouquet. It will show you how easy it is to melt the crayons.

1. You'll have to peel off some of the paper from the crayons you'll be melting. It doesn't take much, so don't peel off too much.

2. Place your pictures on the canvas starting from the top left corner going down diagonally all the way to the lower right corner. Trim off excess at each corner using your craft knife. Once you know where you want them, use a coat of Mod Podge to glue the pictures on the canvas. (More info on how to apply Mod Podge). Once in place and dry, apply a coat of Mod Podge on the pictures to seal and protect. Let dry.

3. Place your canvas onto an easel or lean your canvas onto a surface so that it's at an angle. We suggest doing one side of the pictures at a time. (The first side will need to dry before you can move on to the other side - otherwise the drips will start running backwards if you move the canvas too quickly).

4. We are going to drip the crayons onto the canvas before gluing them all. So go ahead and melt them where you want them to drip (you can refer to the image above for reference). Remember to keep your canvas in an angle for the drip to work. Once you have done the drip lines that you wanted, let dry completely without moving it. Then do the other side and let that side dry completely. Once everything is dry, glue all the crayons (that you will have cut in half) to each side of the pictures.

All the supplies are available at our Ben Franklin Crafts store in Monroe, WA. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to stop by or call us at 360-794-6745 and we'll be happy to help you with all your crafting needs!

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