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Melted wax crayon art is a great project for kids, but adult supervision is crucial when it comes to melting the crayons - which is done with either a hairdryer or a heat gun. A fun project for all from Crafty Beggar, Julie Peasgood.
The first step is to choose a canvas. A larger one works best as they offer a good long stretch for the melted wax to roll down!
Use paper for the silhouette figures. I printed two figures I liked from the Internet and then cut around them using small scissors. (For very intricate shapes, adults may need to give kids a helping hand!) I then cut out an umbrella shape freehand, making sure it was big enough to give cover to the two figures sheltering underneath it!
I then put masking tape around the umbrella and the figures, as I didn't want any of the melted wax 'rain' to come into contact with girl or boy.
I arranged the wax crayons in a neat line along the top of the canvas, picking a range of autumnal colours and varying them as I went. Create & Craft sell several quality brands of wax crayons and I glued them down with the excellent adhesive from Stamps Away.
This was where the fun really began! When the crayons were firmly stuck down, I held the heat gun a few inches away from them. Keeping it as steady as possible, I then moved it slowly over the wax crayons until they began to melt. (A heat gun will enable the crayons to run downwards in lines, and a hairdryer gives a more 'splashy' effect.) Go carefully and take baby steps with this process as the wax melts easily once it gets going!
The final stage was to remove the masking tape and then glue the figures and umbrella to the canvas, along with some gems from by buttons and bling box! A wax crayon picture (with a little help from mum or dad if needed) in under an hour. Happy Craftober!