I’m really excited to share this post with you! Like so many of the things we make here, I had no idea how this would turn out until the very end of the process. I’d been thinking about making some art with melted crayons for a few days, but I wasn’t exactly sure what we’d make, or even how we we’d do it. Then, looking through a cupboard yesterday, I came across our family’s “Starry Night” jigsaw puzzle, and my plan came together.
This project provided me with a opportunity to introduce a little culture into our day. I showed the hooligans the painting on the front of the puzzle box, and we talked about Van Gogh, and examined the scene, the colours and the style of painting, and we listened to Don McLean’s version of the song “Starry Night” a couple of times. Then we got busy…
Some covered their canvases completely with paint, while some made only a few strokes. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Allow your little one to decide when he or she is satisfied with their work.
You’re going to put your broken crayons to good use here, and grate them up!
Older children will be able to grate their crayons themselves, but the hooligans gave it a try, and it wasn’t an easy task, so to avoid having to deal with shredded knuckles and fingertips, we agreed that I would do the grating. I made piles of blue, purple, yellow, white and black crayon shavings for each of them.
Now just pop your painting in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees. You can place it on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack.
When you take your painting out of the oven, be sure to keep it level because your wax will be very hot and runny for a minute or two.
Take care not to bend your painting or your wax will crack. If this happens, don’t worry, you can just pop it back into the oven and melt it again.
These are definitely something you and your child will want to display proudly!