We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming for a crafts tutorial today. If that’s not your thing, please skip this post and tune in again on Thursday for a delicious (and healthy) muffin recipe. I was hesitant to put up something that’s not food related, but I polled my Facebook fans and they strongly supported this post. If nothing else, enjoy some pretty rainbow photos…

You’ve seen it on Pinterest. They’re being sold on Etsy. These gorgeous melted crayon works of art have been all over the Internet. They’re not that hard to make and really fun, although they take a lot of time and can get boring (do it with a crafty friend if you can). I put together an easy step by step photo tutorial to help you make your own:

Supplies: you will need a canvas, hot glue gun, glue stick, a hair dryer, lots of crayons and newspaper. For a 16″x20″ canvas, I used 2 boxes of 64 crayons, plus some extras from a box of 24.

Of course, some colors get rejected, so you will end up with a box like this. I brought all the extras to my school, where I’m sure they’ll get used.

Step 1: Pick out the colors you want to use and line them up until you run out of space.

Step 2: Using a glue gun, make a line of glue across the crayons (if you want a certain part showing, like the label, be careful to put the glue on the opposite side). Quickly place onto canvas in a line, as shown below, with tips facing down.

This is how the canvas looked after 5 and 10 minutes.

Step 3: Line your floor with newspaper, place the canvas against the wall, and get your blow dryin’ on. I started out on high and warm settings on mine, and alternated with low at certain points. You have to experiment a little to see how your hair dryer works with melting the wax. It sometimes splatters a little, so be sure to cover the floor and surrounding wall, and turn to a lower setting if needed.

This is after 20 and 30 minutes.

I like to concentrate on one area at a time, working my way across the canvas. It takes 5-10 minutes on each area, with 4-5 areas across this 20″ canvas. Aim the heat right at the mid to bottom of the crayons (where the tips are). Once the wax starts melting, move the dryer around as needed to prevent splattering and get wax to go straight down.

This is after 50 and 60 minutes.

It took me about an hour to make it across the canvas, getting all the colors to melt sufficiently. Oddly, some colors melt much faster than others – any chemists out there know why? Yellow is particularly slow.

This is after an 70 and 80 minutes.

Step 4 (optional): After getting all the colors to melt, I went back over certain colors that I wanted to go further down the canvas. As you can see in the photo on the right, I aimed the heat at the middle of the canvas to melt some of the chunks of wax and get them to drip all the way to the bottom of the canvas.

And voila! You have a fun piece of art to hang on your wall. Of course you can try this with different color patterns instead of a rainbow.

Which colors would you use?