Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art by Crayon Box Chronicles

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RAWR!! Does your child love dinosaurs? With C’s obsession with dinosaurs, I’m always trying to create new ways to explore dinosaur play and this was defiantly rip-roarin’ fun! I love crayons and he loves dino’s — it was a hit! Let’s dig into our crayon boxes and recycle all those crayon stubs, broken bits, or new crayons into melted crayon art — dino style!   Triceratops and Brachiosaurus make a beautiful art piece, especially when the sunlight hits them!

Materials Needed:

  • Waxed paper
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Crayon sharpener, carrot peeler or grater (depending on your child’s ability level; parent supervision)
  • Iron (parent!)
  • Newspaper
  • Yarn
  • Fiskars Hole Punch (my favorite)

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

What’s Next:

  1. Cover your workspace completely! Cut a large piece of waxed paper, fold it in half, and lye it flat on your work surface.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

2.  Place your picture underneath both layers.  I included both dinosaur templates at the bottom of the post for your use.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

3.  Trace your template.  I used a white colored pencil, then remove the template picture.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

4.  While you’re tracing, have your child peel the crayon wrappers off.  It’s a great exercise to boost fine-motor skills.  For more fun fine-motor activities! Next, lift the top wax paper layer up and add your crayon shavings.  I used a grater, but for a child a crayon sharpener works great or veggie peeler, if age appropriate.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

5.  When finished, fold the wax paper back over and seal fold the sides in  helps keep all the melted crayon inside the paper and eliminates a big gooey mess!

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

6.  Next, cover your wax paper design with paper, newspaper, or a brown paper bag, but expect it to get ruined — oil stains from the crayons.  Also, make sure the surface under is protected.  I took an extra precaution by raising it off the desk using a box, then a brown bag. This isn’t necessary, but I want to keep the box.  If you fold all sides of the wax paper in, it shouldn’t goop out.  All you need to do is protect under and above, but the oil will stain the bottom layer and the top paper.

7.  Set the iron on med-low, going back and forth a few times slowly. Keep lifting the paper to check it. Let it cool completely.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

8.  Once cooled, cut out your design.  If you have a hard time seeing the image, slide the template back under and re-trace a little {see image below}.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

9.  Finally, hole-punch it, add yarn, and you’re done! Triceratops and Brachiosaurus melted crayon art — beautiful! You can display it in child’s window or around the house for everyone to enjoy!

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Some things I learned the hard way:

  • don’t move the iron in a windshield-wiper fashion, it really distorts the melted crayon.
  • don’t use high heat, the wax paper will crack once it’s cooled.
  • take your time going back and forth in a row; if you iron to long or to fast it will burn the crayon shaving — turned brown.
  • make sure you fold in the sides of the wax paper or the shaving ooze out; this way your iron stays pretty and clean!
  • try not to over-fill the design with a ton of shavings, less is more!

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

This was our first attempt — not so successful, but C had fun! For more dinosaur fun, check out Dinosaur Sponge PaintingScented Dinosaur Play Clay, and Mini-Volcano Eruption.

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art by Crayon Box Chronicles

Dinosaur Templates:

Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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13 thoughts on “Dinosaur Melted Crayon Art

  1. SandraG says:

    This is awesome – Heather, so many ideas!! I love that I can log into this page and get ao many great ideas of projects for M and me. Thank you so much!!!

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