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you knew i was going to make one.

they are all over pinterest….
(i still am not signed up for pinterest because i don't have time for one more thing but browsing is fun!)

so we made one.

i took a box of 64 crayons and took out the blacks and browns.
i used another small box and doubled up on the good colors i liked and hot glued them to the top of our canvas.

then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high.


not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt!
it's practically instant gratification.

and it dries really quickly too.



what could be happier than this??

GREAT project.

loved it


today is the first FULL day with ALL my kids in ALL day school.
yeah…i am smiling as i type that.

it's good.

it's quiet.

i am rockin' it.

removing wallpaper…..making code for craft weekend stuff…..doing my hair….going to lunch…..

it's all good.

hooray for school!



shar - wooshies awesome deff doing one!! rainbow stuff is my favorite. i guess i dont like putting weird colors together. i just like rainbowish stuff! i love ur blog its sooooooo creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan Adams - Great projects to do with my grandchildren.

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Sian - Wow! this is fabulously colourful. I’m going to safe this idea for some wall art in my daughters bedroom.

Jessy - Can you tell me what colors you used in order? pretty please

Will - Good one, innovative, impressive, thanks for sharing

Jennie - Make sure you use Crayola… I tried using Dollar Store crayons yesterday… an hour later and they STILL handn’t melted!

Vicky - My daughter just showed me the one she did just today. Eof school gifts for the grandkiddo’s teachers. Awesome!

Shannon - It works on a foam poster board:)

Olive Toys - I have everything ready to create such rainbow but in shape of heart!
I hope it will look as good as yours πŸ™‚

Angela :3 - no, you can change the # of crayons to fit the canvas (:

Chandler - I will definately remember this project for this summer

Hollyknitter (Sharon) - Thanks for sharing – I will have to try this with my grandchildren as a craft project.

jheristjames - You can also use pieces of crayons on a flat surface, place waxed paper over them, then apply a hot iron. After awhile, you may be able to splash the crayons into interesting patterns as well as just melt them. Also, interesting found items could be added–buttons, colored foil confetti, etc.

Becky Teeters - Did you still use hot gue to adhese the crayons to the canvas? I read that hot glue wont stick to th actual crayon.. ??

Angela - She said hot glue gun

Dorothy - What holds crayons on?

Amanda - You can block off silhouette with painters tape. Another way to make the “rain” is to fill water balloons 1/4 way with desired paint, block off silhouette, and pop balloons. Paint runs down canvas. Either way, it is alot of fun!

Lara - Hi Jessi,
What an awesome idea! That would be a super cute gift for my newly married sister and brother in law. How did you block off the umbrella?

Gina - Oh wow, this looks amazing! I’ll have to try it out when the materials go on sale. Thanks so much for sharing this <33

Heather - What did you block it off with. I was wanting to do the crayon melting and then block off my son’s teahcer first intial of her last name and leave that white. What did you use?

Miranda (: - Does it matter what size canvas you use for it?

Joan Mcleod - Can I use other canvas? I have left in my house the one that I used when I joined one competition before. That is a great canvas to use I know.

Sarah C. - I keep seeing these and just ‘stumbledupon’ your version.. I’ve bought the crayons, the canvas.. and keep putting it off! You’ve just convinced me to have a go at it tomorrow! Thank you!

Kimberly - Thanks for this…reminded of projects when I was a kid, when we did this to Chianti bottles. Then we stuck one big taper candle in the top of the bottle.

Vanessa Rauguth - I totally made my own today. Thanks for the idea! <3

Johan - Can’t wait to try this one out…pretty cool, inexpensive DIY! love it

devin mct - u could try melting the crayons on wax paper and gently peeling it off when u are done. not sure if it would work, but if the wax was really thick it might

Mike - I love how by melting the crayons you get to see all the different shades of colors.

PatB - It looks like the paper stays in place. There is enough crayon left to hold the shape. - This is a must try. need more creative things like that for kids

marina - very nice
visit here for more cool ideas about handmade craft free tutorials

nabila - so how do u remove the the paper surrounding the crayons?

Fiona G. - I read this twice. Ii is amazing idea.I hope you enjoy in this.

Jennifer Hill - Great bonding for families! It also provides education to the kids. This must be another way to play with crayons! Turn your backs from the basic use of the color!

verobeachgal - What a fun project! I love working with colors when I’m creating my doodles. When I was a kid, my brother and I melted crayons on the top of the steam radiator. This is “messy” but way cooler!

Cheryl - Looks like fun!

Hearing Aids Colorado - Lovelovelove this idea! Would look so sweet in a classroom or maybe a playroom. Melted crayon can be fun, as long as it’s not on the carpet from the sun, lol!

cchristine - Taking the paper off was a major chore!!! And the hot glue wouldn’t stick to the crayons. I used elmers haven’t melted them yet…I need to remind do that outside πŸ™‚

Bridget Harrison - My daughter is a kindergarten teacher and one of her parents did this for her as a gift. It looks very nice in her room. - ABSOLUTELY!!! The very first one I saw finished was with the paper taken off. Have FUN!!! πŸ˜€

Jessi - What I did to have it so the crayons would not stay on there was I found an old spoon, and melted portions of the crayons in the spoon and ‘spilled’ it on the canvas. I drew a kissing couple under an umbrella, and blocked that area off so the crayons would look like rain.

ashley - Hey I was just wondering if it would work with the paper taken off of the crayons… have any idea?

Ken Palosi - I will definitely be making one for my granchildren’s art room.

allison - i tried this without the paper on the crayons and my crayons started to slide down the canvas as i was blow drying it (i had the canvas propped up against a wall). help!

Monica - This is amazing and so simple. That’s it I’m going home tonight to dig out all my kids old crayons that they never used!!

Annette Formella - what size should I look for in the artist canvas. I’m excited to make this for my granddaughter’s room. Also. someone mentioned taking the paper off the crayons, which I’m not sure how that would look but if so, would you still hot glue the crayons to the canvas. I kind of prefer the paper showing but just asking. Thanks, Annette

SugarRaisin - Try taking the paper off the crayons before attaching to canvas.
Then melt the entire crayon. It has a nice effect.

Mango - I used a piece of foam board and i worked fine, anything thick, works. trust me.

johanna - How do you do the heart thing?? This awesome single dad I know wants to do this for his adorable daughter

Jen - I wonder what this would like if you took the crayons off the top after they were melted?

Sarah Jackson - WoW this is brilliant idea man πŸ˜€
also check out thi Festival of Colors:

babydollsville - You obviously don’t have children.

babydollsville - No, you need to use an artist’s canvas. They can be had for a few dollars at any major craft store if you use a coupon. The posterboard would not be strong enough to hold the weight of the wax.

Lomosio - I found this on Pinterest and loved it so much I just had to give it a go. So simple but the pay off is amazing.
Check out my efforts:

Michelle W - This is an EPIC (as my son would say) project! This has got to be what happens to all of our old crayons this summer. Thank you so much for posting this. πŸ˜€

Kerry - I love this! I’ve re-pinned this off Pinterest, as it is something I wasnt to do for my kids (if I have any) when I’m older, so they can have it in there room πŸ™‚

Dorria designs - so brilliant and bright project What an awesome idea!

Kathy - Would this work on a poster board?

Audrey - A friend’s daughter made one of these and I would love to make one for my son’s room. He’s two so I’m not sure how helpful or interested he’d be but I’m sure we’d have fun!
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meganbowling - why would you even touch it or lean on it. once it is dry i would be hanging it up on my wall

S K Sinha - How beautiful and looking very easy to do. Just wondering If you can help us by giving some more tips on how to make different , desired patterns. Thanks !

Judycockrum - I’m writing an article about melting crayons and would love to use a few of these photos. Please respond to if I have your permission to link to them and maybe edit one or two to fit photo requirements. I’ll send you the link to the article when finished. - I’ve tried this myself….had great fun! Would suggest doing this on a canvas board though and not on stretched canvas – the dried crayon wax cracks if the canvas is touched or leaned upon.

Galy - cool!!!!! just what i was looking for as an idea how to spend the summer wuth my kid at home all day long. thanz so much πŸ™‚

Bess Olson - Me & my 12 year old grandson made one on a matting board about 8″ high by 20″ wide! Then he turned it upside down and put flowers on the tips of the melted crayons! It looks cool with flowers in a field of colored grass!

Jenny - Wow, this is so cool, haven’t seen anything like it before

Jill - Wow, this is so cool, haven’t seen anything like it before!

Habibies - Super Cool Celebration

Kevin DIY Dork - Awesome results from such a simple idea. Love it! Makes you wonder what would happen if you glue the crayons on the canvas in different shapes & then melted them down.

Chalise - this looks like loads of fun….i’m thinking we’re going to try it on a board and a shirt!

echo - wow, it looks wonderful. The first thing I should do is looking for a set of crayons and a big board.

Lisa - Love this! How could you do it so the crayons don’t show when you are finished??

Ady - You did it so very well, my attempt was a complete mess up…

Irene - Love it. Must have a go myself.

bhumi maurya - very nice concept and awesome creativity

Hilary - Totally cool and very inspiring! Can’t wait to try it out myself.

Emerson - I just did this today! It’s so easy, and it looks hard!!

Cathy - This reminds me a lot of when I was a kid and we were melting crayons down the sides of long, slender candles, as to make a sculpture of them.

Emily - I just saw this and really want to make one now. I have an old window that I have been trying to find something to creative to do with it as a frame. Any Idea if this would work on glass?

rachel - i did this and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Dyll - GREAT Idea!Will definately let the kids try it out.

Tyler - What size canvas is this?

chanae - love the idea

Virginie - Hi
I have blogged your “now famous” melted crayon artwork today and linked back to you from
Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas
Virginie @ That Cute Little Cake

Gunnel Svensson - Looks so great!

A Facebook User - Oh, this looks flippin fun! Gonna have to do this myself! πŸ™‚

victoria - OMGGGGG!!! I just bought a painting that was done like this!! AMAZIING!!!!!!!<3

A Facebook User - can’t wait to make my own! i am already giddy about it!

Sikandar - They turned out great! I tried this over the weeeknd and it was a huge fail. The silicon tray I used started to melt in the oven. Plus when the crayons melted, some of the wax separated from the color and rose to the top. It was all very strange; I’m not sure what we did wrong. Perhaps the wax problem arose because we had some cheap crayons mixed in? Oh, well

alexis - how many inches is that canvas

Kim @justByou - Yep, I’ve seen it on Pinterest and pinned it too. Now I’ve pinned yours. This is something we want to try for sure! SO cool. Looks GREAT!

sally hartsfield - I don’t have a hot glue gun. Is there another way to attach the crayons?

Mackenzie - I did this and I put masking tape to make a design on the other side of the board (opposite of the crayons) and it turned out awesome. I would suggest though to peel the crayons I do think that it looks better even though they melt together

Mallory - Somehow I’ve missed these on Pinterest so far, but this is such an easy & fun project! LOVE it!

vlad - very cool ! i love it how they melt together !
make time for pinterest ! πŸ™‚

alyssa - i have had so much fun with this project!!!! we however had a bunch of random crayons so we had to unwrap them.. so we started out with the blow dryer but it would blast the crayons off after a min. i ended up using a lighter and got some really cool effects.. but my thumbs are raw

Riikka - Oh my! I so NEED to do something in a smaller scale to children’s room!

Theresa - Wow! That is so vibrant. What fun. Thanks for sharing.

S1717 - You’ve just made my day πŸ™‚ just looking at it is satisfying!

natalea - I’m definitely making this and also one for my daughter’s teacher! can you tell me the size of the canvas you used?

Mamali :) - It seems expensive, Isn’t it?

dana - very nice and so much fun, bravo!

Sports Electronics - Great fun and idea! Thank you for sharing! My Grandkids will love it!

Bonnie - Great project. I’ll be linking back.

Meg Duerksen - 16×20. πŸ™‚

kt - what size canvas did you use?

Amy - Great idea! I used crayons from the dollar store and they didn’t melt very well. I would suggest using Crayola. Going to try it again. πŸ™‚

Sha - Hello,Meg…I am so needing your assistants on what size canvas did you use for the crayon project.Could you possibly help me out on that?I saw that you were asked that and the answer was never never posted.Thank you for your time.

Liv - So cool! I’m going to try doing this with my sister when she comes back from college, it’s such a great project! I made a few already (to test it!) And after making them several times, I still didn’t get bored! I’m goin to sell them at the upcoming art fair in my neighborhood along with some of my other creations, they’re beautiful, and fun to make!

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet - Can’t wait to try this with my kids this summer!

learn to surf - These kidzz rock!! I am surprised after watching this simple tip making a wall paper background.. Keep rocking kidz, god bless you πŸ™‚

Janissa - I’m thinking of putting a raised area made of cardboard painted the same color as the canvas on mine, and letting the crayons melt around the shape…

Caleigh - While this is a great idea/project, you should know that even though crayons are non-toxic, melting them changes their chemical makeup that releases very harmful fumes into the air. Take caution when doing this around children. Either heat the crayons outdoors or in a very, very well ventilated area. Long exposure to these fumes can cause irreversible damage.

Sara - Hi!
Your ebautiful DIY is on my blog!
Thak you so much!
Sara - Wow. That is beautiful. Great pictures by the way. I am going to have to try this one soon. πŸ™‚

Ashleigh Reko - AWESOME! Can’t wait to try this!

Jacqueline Satterfield - This is so cool!!!

Carrie Thibideau - So doing this over spring break with my girls and even having some of their friends too.

Brian - Love it!

justine h - what size canvas is that for the 64 crayons?

Kelli R - I wonder how this would work with birthday candles? Great project!

k - What size canvas did you use?

Chloe - Holy mince! I love it! It reminds me of the time when I was about 5 and my Mum went crazy at me for melting all my crayons on the radiator!

adriana - oh this is super cool!!
too bad that crayons and canvas are SUPER expensive here in Israel, making it just about impossible to make this.

Angie Wilson - You really need a dryer that is very hot on low. Mine was only hot on high and we had too many splatters of crayon. It is still cool – but we couldn’t get the effect we wanted.

BusyWorkingMama - I love this! I think this would make an awesome colorful addition to a child’s room…or my living room πŸ™‚

julie - I must try this out.
What an awesome idea!. Thanks for sharing
hugs Julie

Melissa - Wonder if this would work if placed in sun on a hot summer day?

donna - beautiful work. Nice colors πŸ˜‰

Linn - I’m definitely trying this! πŸ˜€

katie klatt - any tips on how to incorporate a name into it? I would love to make one for each of my boys’ room and match it to their room colors with their names on it, something they could keep forever!

Darlene S. - This makes my eyes so happy! I LOVE this idea!!! Must try! Thanks for posting!

Daquiri Mascitelli - I am TOTALLY going to do this!! My kids will love it, and it would look great in the playroom πŸ™‚

Rachel - Reminds me of something I used to do what I was a girl: melt the tips of individual crayons and drip them on a piece of paper to form patterns. πŸ™‚ Oh to be a kid again.

Carolyn - a heat gun for scrapbooking would also work. This would look great on a black foamboard.

Tanya Thurnau - What size canvas did you use for this?

Katt - wow!!! this is a good present to give to someone too!!!

Katt - this is the best art that i have been inspired by!!!

Caitlin - This is so cool! Thanks for the idea!

Annie - I did this with cheap dollar store crayons, not the same effect. You need to do it with good quality crayons!

Myra - Oh, thank you, thank you!! Now I know what I’m gonna put up on my living room wall! I am so tired of the poster I have up now, so I wanted something with lots of color!!! This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in quite some time!!

Julie H. - This is amazing! Found you on Pinterest! Way to go!

Gel - How clever! I don’t know how you even thought to think of this. I envy you creative types =) Great job!

nancy - anyone know if you have to use hot glue or if elmers will work?

nancy - Love this project. Will pass it on to my daughter for preschool… and then I’ll do it myself! Love lots of colors. Not sure where I’ll put it yet, but my daughters just moved out which opened up some rooms for me to redecorate (no more music posters all over the walls!)

Jen - LOVE it – I better not show my daughter or she will want to make one!!!

ATS - I wanna say to try tilting the canvas at time intervals, but I think you’d have to be able to heat all the crayons at the same time.

Stephatto - On my to-do list *now*!

Sherry - I love new craft ideas. I really would like to try this project. I hope mine turns out as good as yours.

estarnike - it is cool

kaitlyn - my friend and i tried this but it didnt drip a solid line. so we tried it again but it still didnt drip right, any suggestions?
I loved doing this project, i just wish i could get the solid line out of it more.

john1989 - awesome combination of colours.
great post

nicole - I love my crayons too much to do this… πŸ™ I have 2 towers of 150 crayons.. I’d rather try using crappy Rose Art and peel off the label hehe πŸ˜€ but I do love this. Great job!

Pamela Walker - I just love your art… amazing…

Alexandra - Amazing craft!I made one yesterday and it turned out really nice!
I love the way the wax crayons melt and leave a watercolor effect on the canvas.I definitely recommend doing it!The only problem I had was managing to place the crayons in a straight line but it turned out amazing.My only tip would be to point the nozzle of the hairdryer downwards from the top of the crayons and reduce the speed of the dryer after they’ve melted a bit so the color doesn’t splatter.

maddie - did you glue on the crayons??

Clipping path service - So Cute I Love this Art

Clipping path service - So Cute I Love this Art

Greta Zarro - This is a great project but you should warn people that, at least when I did it, the wax flew everywhere! On to me and the carpet! I put newspapers down underneath the canvas but didn’t expect it to fly so far! The wax easily came off my hand without pain but I’m not sure it will come off the carpet. Also, I didn’t have hot glue so I used scotch tape to attach the crayons and that works just fine too.

Emily - This is soooo COOL!!!!

Debbie - Love it, my student’s enter a huge art show in the spring. It’s for high school and I always thought the crayons category was odd and no one ever enters it at that level but this is great!

emily - This is such a cool idea. Looks like tons of fun! Love how you can use whatever colors you want.

Janeris - This probably looks sooo cool upside down

Veronica - Love this piece of art for the kids playroom! Are you suppose to remove the crayons when you are done and do you melt the entire crayon?

Free India Classifieds - Really this was amazing, but how much time did it take for the crayons to melt completely ??

Heath - I made one as well but placed cut out letters on the canvas and then removed them when it dried.

Joanna - This is so neat! Would love to make one myself as well πŸ™‚

Elizabeth - Love this..I think I might have the kids make it for their toy room…thanks for sharing such a fun idea!!

Rachel - This is incredible!!!! My daughter and I have decided we are going to make one of these for her school teacher!!! πŸ˜€
Question…for my own personal piece I’m going to make for my house…how would you suggest possibly doing this so that the actual crayons weren’t apart of the final product? πŸ™‚
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing creativity! πŸ™‚

August - One of my best friends is gay so I’m going to get the colors of the rainbow and put her first letter of her name in the middle, wait for it to dry and peel it off so it looks real neat. Then put that in one of those hollow picture frames and give it to her as a decoration for her apartment!

Lina - That is great. I LOVE IT!! It is so cool. I am so going to try that!!:)

Expo - great and simple πŸ˜‰
i think 90% of the people who commented on this, did it too
P.S. i will try it, tommorow πŸ˜‰

Brianna - What size canvas did you use?

Debbie Deller - My kids made this for my 48th birthday today, they had fun and I have a treasure.

jaycee - making one right now. thanks for the idea

Selena Thomas - So cute and fun! My girls will love this. Such an easy/fun craft to let them help me with.

Caitlin M - I just did this with my friend Brit! I can’t believe how easy and fun it was! And it looks so awesome! I saw something similar online for sale for $100!! I can’t wait to do this again with different colors. Any suggestions on how to do this without having the crayons glued to the canvas?

simone tessitore - Tried it. Low setting on my blow drier wasn’t hot enough to melt. High setting melted immediately but splattered too much. Set in the oven to melt but 300 was too high. Good thing I was only using a 5 x 7 canvas for starters

Schan - How big it the canvas you used?

Tara @ Baby Lifestyles - In love with this idea! Would you mind if we repost it in our nursery section under “Fun DIY Ideas”? Let me know!

My Made Up Story - Cool project! I’ll have to try this!

Colortude - This is so cool! Very origianl idea.

jennifer hunter - I love it! So the hair dryer does not melt the hot glue that you glued the crayons on with, right?

Sarah - Such an awesome diy! I really wanna try it! It looks so beautiful and colorful!
Have a nice day!

Victoria Christine Bingham - Wowowowow. I can see this being color specific to your space.!
Bring on the grays and the browns and the oxide yellows!
!CRAYOLA~! You ROCK! Victoria Bingham

Erin - Absolutely beautiful & such happy colors! I am so trying this! Thanks for sharing!!☺

liz - amazing! how cool is that!
i know what we are doing this weekend πŸ™‚
thanks for sharing your inspiraiton!

Eveline van Heijst - I LOVE THIS!

Kerri#1017 - I’ve seen someone try this on tv & i thought AWESOME ! but i must add glue gun to my list of must haves,cos even on a mini canvas this would be great & bright…imagine if with chunky crayons !!

Amber - what is a good way to display this? you leave on the crayon at the top, right?

Lisa - love this, great inspiration for my rainbow nursery. May just have to have a go sometime soon.

amy - This is AMAZING!!! P.S. So funny to hear the other side, because those of us who are teachers feel like summer is our time for peace and quiet, so it’s just the opposite. Ha! πŸ™‚

Aubrianne - Thanks for the inspiration! I decided to go from a different angle and used blue crayons at the top. I painted the silhouette of a girl with an umbrella and melted the “rain” all around her πŸ™‚ using the “flying splotches” of crayon to my benefit. Thank you for sharing the creativity and inspiring mine πŸ™‚

Su@TheIntentionalHome - just posted about our Family Canvas Night. . .and how this was our latest project. Linked to your blog. Here is the post:
We had fun!!

Gabriel @ Cool Finder - Modern art… interesting!

Krista - That is so COOL! I love this!! Beautiful photos.

Vanderbilt Wife - Love it. I think my daughter would really enjoy making this. Maybe my sister could hang it in her first-grade classroom. πŸ™‚

Daniel Mihai Popescu - This is such a wonderful activity, and more than that, stimulating. Congratulations! The possibilities seems infinite, πŸ™‚

Rodolfo Grimaldi - So simple and so artistic. As you say, “instant gratification”.

Fiona - Just awesome… my 2yr old grandie did one this weekend… thanks…. so awesome…

sam - nice

SlightlySamie - I saw this today on Tutorializer and knew i had to make it. my hair dryer was a little stronger than yours i guess, instead of all the colors being in lines they formed big sections of each color group. very pretty. love it,

Karlene - Beautimous!! I love it!!

Bbakeca Grosseto - πŸ™‚ Great project…I’ll try this with my kids…think they’ll love it!

Rachel - Aha! I saw these pictures all over tumblr with people wondering who to credit – now I know!

Angie - I’m going to give this to my artist sister for her art room/neices play room! Ohhh and for my sons room…

Kristen - Oh my gosh – that is too cool!

daisyjay - I LOVE this idea and the blowdryer is such a nice touch! Does it do anything to the hot glue, or does that stay solid??

Justin - if you set the canvas outside in the hot sun the colors will cover more of the canvas when they melt πŸ˜‰

Jayne - Fantastic – love it and am going to do this with my little one! πŸ™‚

White Suit - That’s what you called abstract art and it is really amazing.

Jennifer - Do you leave the crayons glued on at the top?

Tracie - I love this project idea!
I’m going to have to make one with my daughter.

Natalie - Just made two of these!! My daughter (3rd grade) is going to take one to her art teacher! VERY COOL!!!

damsellefly - When my son was two he put crayons on the radiator pipe. The vibrant colours of the melted crayons brightened up my otherwise dull living room so much I couldn’t bring myself to clean them off!

Whitney - You completely inspired me to make one! Loved it, and blogged about it and your post: Thanks again! I adore your blog!

Lisa - Very cool idea!

Lisa - Wow! I am really excited about this one. It would work great with kids and adults. The organization of the crayons is key. If the message was fire, for example, where would you place your reds, yellows and oranges? Where could the blue go? After the reds and yellows and oranges dried. I would turn the canvas 90 degrees to the right and work with my blues. It might even be neat to then get into the fire colours and blow them to the right to show the effect of water on fire.
Thanks for the great ideas. This was awesome!

Maria Benedicto - made one with my 3 kids & we all had a blast! thanks for sharing…i love your blog, your photos & your style…most of all i love how you enjoy your kids…good luck!!!

Frau Haselmayer - This is so so so AWESOME!

Multi-Testing Mommy - Ok – how much fun is that?!
Did you glue the crayons on? What kind of glue did you use?

Billie - I can’t wait my Grandkids start on the 7 of Sept. I love them but will enjoy the time to do other projects.

kristine - Very lovely and inexpensive piece of art, fun for the kiddos too!

Apron Appeal - Hey! I already have art projects like this. They are on the carpet near the heater vents in my car.

Melissa Blake - WOW!! this is so amazing!

zill.y - This is really intense, wow! I’ll keep it in mind for next year, when the kids come home with all the left over crayons from school πŸ™‚
Thanks for sharing, zill.y

CakeStory - Wow. Just wow. I am trying to decorate my new apartment and have found nothing inspiring to put on the walls. Until now. I can’t wait to try this!!

Nardina DeLeon - I’m going to do this one day this fall! its amazing!!

Karpouzaki - Really awesome!! I love crayons and rainbows on a whole new level πŸ˜‰ Nice!!!


sandra - WOW! Love this, will have to try with my 9 year old niece.

... ...M... ... - love this idea — thanks for the awesome tutorial…there are so many ideas inspired by this craft!
we just created one for my niece for her 5th birthday…now she can have her very own rainbow! :o)
i also Pinned it on
All the Best,
…M… @ RequireLife

Karen - Are you kidding me?!?!? This is all my childhood dreams coming true!!! So awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Ward - Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today.
Nancy Ward

Carrie Thompson - I made one for my preschool art room, but it didnt come out near as good as yours. mine was way more drippy. I didnt get the nice spread of color like you did. Very fun to make though.

Melissa - This is so cool! I am going to do this! No choice but to do it!

anita kouwenberg - what a great project you made…it’s awesome!
yes kids at school right after the hollidays that’s always a day to remember!

Andrea - Fun! Fun! Fun! I will definitely have to try this!

Sundeep @ Designwali - wow…i have to do it with my kids!!

Cat - This looks like *a lot* of fun – think I might give it a go too!

ludid - with this heat, i bet we could just leave outside and let the sun melt them away. fun project.

Nancy - Christine Young pointed me over here because I was lamenting on my blog about not having the 64 pack of crayons as a kid. I think this made me feel a whole lot better! πŸ™‚

Jen Eskridge - Ok, I absolutely love that!

kelly Booth - OH…..I gotta try this!!!! LOVE it!!!!

Tracey - This is one of the cutest, happiest pieces of art I have ever seen! TFS

image masking service - Good good and fantastic idea.

michelle - wow

C.B. Grace - I wonder if I could just hot glue the crayons onto the canvas and put it outside…it has been over 100 degrees for over 70 days here in Texas. πŸ˜€ Cute project. I am going to try it.

Judy - This is totally cool!!

Tracy Romero - My daughter and I just did this! So fun!

Missy K - This is so cool. Never would have thought to do this. The dryer doesn’t melt the glue gun glue?

Denine - Making one today!!

Janelle Shultz - i am so making this for my daughters 1st grade teacher πŸ™‚

Tina Hutton - Love this project!
Love that you did it.
Love that you are boycotting Pinterest (though I’m an addict)
Love that I found you through Pinterest (love the irony of that)
Love your blog!
Consider yourself added to my favourite destinations.
Tina.x - Sharing this with my Preschool PLC chicks! Fascination is all I can say!

Lorie - I have been thinking about making one for the girls room. I think you have inspired me to go ahead and do it! Does it smell too crayon-y?

Liette - fantastic…….

sarah - this is too awesome.

Artsnark - fantastic piece & post! School starts tomorrow here & i am so ready. Enjoy your freedom πŸ˜€

Erin Ward - Whaaaat?? this is the coolest thing EVER.

crystal beutler - This is about as cool as it gets. I can’t to make on of these for myself! You always have the best ideas.

Heather - Love the crayon art. We tried yesterday and it was awesome! The kids loved it. But I have a bone to pick with you about those happy chalk paint pictures! Didn’t work out so happy over here. LOL Alas, I will try again. (This time with paint brushes) sheesh!

kim smart - just wanted to let you know…..i made one!!!yeahhh!! it was so much fun, thanks for the idea. i’m hanging it in my scraproom!!!

Laura @ Family Spice - So cool and love all the gorgeous colors! We’ll definitely make this and maybe hang it in our playroom?!!

Cathy~As the World Flops - This is so cool…

Cindy - All kinds of love for this!

RellyAB - I saw someone had pinned this on pinterest, so I checked out your post and then made my own with one of my boys today. Here in the UK it’s pretty hard to get hold of the 64 pack of crayolas so I got three packs of 24 and just put them together in colour batches.
It came out really well, here’s a picture:
Thanks for sharing. I’d have never attempted it without your reassurance it was simple and I *love* it.

Rachel - I love your craft ideas!!!! I always feel so inspired to craft with my 3 older kids. They think this is the coolest craft ever:)

leonieke - boy o boy, dit we try our best, we dryblowed for about 40 minutes and only a few crayons did what we hoped they would do….
zo frustrating! after seeing 100 of those paintings on pinterest..
can’t believe we are the only people who didn’t end up with someting beautifull :-((
but yours turned out great!

Ali - Meg, what size canvas did you use?

Kathy - Now I want to make one too!!! It would be cool to have it hanging in the hallway outside of my art classroom.

Nat - This is so awesome. Officially in my list of projects

Charla Liedahl - I made this yesterday mere hours after your post. I must have one heck of a powerful blow dryer because the colors did not run nicely the way yours did. They blew in every direction and splattered…but it still looks really cool!

Marjorie - This is the favorite of the day for me, for sure! Love this. Should be great experimenting with different color arrangements. This is definitely on my list of thing WE HAVE TO DO!

ViVOchic - Totally in love with this….now to decide how big I want it and how many cranyons I’m gonna have to steal from my kiddos to make it…tough!

Melissa - You have some awesome ideas! I tried the sidewalk paint with my daughter the other day and had a blast. This looks so cool!

Missy - This is so awesome. My daughter is moving into her “big girl” room and wants it to have rainbows but I’m not one for the “obvious” – this art will be a must for her new room.

Lizabeth - Are you going to hang it? I so would!!!

Nicole G - Love that idea!!! We will be doing that the next weekend I am off work! So pretty!!! The kids will adore that! Yes, I have been really enjoying these first few days of school too!

Nicole Q. - OH my goodness that is amazing!!! I want to make one too. How fun! I haven’t seen it before – just haven’t browsed pinterest yet. No time. Happy QUIET day at your house day.

Janet Nordfors - Hello – I am a first time visitor, do you ring a bell or clap for me now? I love the artwork and since I am a teacher (4th grade) I feel very appreciated! I will definitely be doing this with my class. Thanks for the inspiration and the appreciation.

ann - I recently tried this and I think it is the simplest craft ever and the results are just fabulous!

Bernice - LOVE how that looks!

Trexxann - Fantastic! I really think I’m gonna do this!!

Heidi Jo the Artist - Super cool project! I just saw something like this the other day and thought I’m going to have to try that, and I was thinking it would be fun to tweak it, like all purple hues, that says Heidi!! Even cool hues or warm hues would be pretty cool. And then I saw your cool close-up photos of crayons yesterday and thought of the project again. Need to get some new crayons first though…and make the time.
It is weird to hear all the kids going back to school when you homeschool. I wonder what I’d do with the free time, guess I’ll find out in 20+ years from now, eh!?! πŸ˜‰

se7en - That is top if my interest list too – and you did it!!! Wonderfully awesomely COOL!!!

Sara @ Happy Brown House - It’s funny, because I saw this on Pinterest and thought of you. It’s on my “to do” list…which, thanks to Pinterest, is getting longer by the second!

Kacey - Love, love, LOVE this! I think I might actually try this.
Yay for all day school and free time for you! My 3 year-old just started preschool and my 5 year-old started kindergarten. I’m having a hard time with it!

Regina - Oh. My. Word! I’m *so* doing this with my kiddos. They will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

Sara W - Oh my, that is SO fabulous! love it.

Annie - Such an awesome idea! I love how much you love color (did that make sense?) πŸ™‚ It’s nice to see someone who acutally uses color in their house and daily life. I’m sick of all this white stuff!!! Thanks for the little pick-me-up today!

melissa*320 sycamore - MEG! I absolutely love it. I was still in love with the crayon pics from yesterday…I’m on Pinterest. I don’t do FB or Twitter, but I was already kind of doing Pinterest (saving pics or ideas I loved on a folder on my computer) and it just made it easier to put it all in one place and I love that I can access it anywhere. You could join under a secret name and just be an in the closet pinner..:)

MaryAnn Kohl, art book auhor - By the way, you can soak off the paper easily overnight. Place crayons in a plastic tub, cover with water overnight, and tomorrow, the papers slide off easily!!!

MaryAnn Kohl, art book auhor - I have melted crayons in many ways, but never this. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures… amazing and totally fun!!! It might also be fun to place crayon stubs on a canvas, glue them in place, and do the same, for a more mix-y random kind of thing. Can’t wait!!!!
~ MaryAnn Kohl
art book author

Sarah D - You have convinced me to make one. πŸ™‚

Sarah - A quiet day? Heavenly.

Jenna - I saw this on Pinterest and thought of you!

Emily - This is the most amazing thing ever – I’m totally doin’ it!!!!!!!!!

Amy @ dwell in the season - This is amazing! (Well, both the project and the fact all your kids are in school!) I’m super inspired/tempted to do this project for my classroom! I love all your art projects – so full of color! πŸ™‚ Hope you had a lovely day kid-free!

shannon b - this is awesome. But, how do I find YOU on pinterest so I can follow your boards?

gboll - Love it. I hadn’t even seen it yet. Pinterest really isn’t time consuming “to do.” If you’re already browsing all you would do is click “pin.” Just let us know because you know we’ll want to follow you. πŸ˜‰

Leeanne A - So cool – I see a project coming on!!

Sarah - I thought about you EVERY single time this popped up on pinterest as new people would repin it. So glad you made one, it’s fantastic!

Valerie @ Chateau A la Mode - Are you serious? Crayons have been around FOREVER and someone finally thought of this idea? How fun is that and it looks amazing, like a melting rainbow. You’re such a colorful mom and I think school rocks too!

Mindy Harris - isn’t that the coolest art!? you are so productive with your time. how do you do it?

Amy Hill - Meg! You just need to know that I DROOLE over all your creations! I just started Pinterest this week and YOUR image of your rainbow books was my very virst PIN! I’m doing my own version of the books and posting on my blog tonight! You’ve inspired me to start posting MORE than just photography! Anyway, I always will link your site and give you credit! You’re amazing. Keep up the WOW work!

Mommyof2Girlz/Steph - Love it! I am on Pinterest and haven’t seen this…very cool my girls will totally want to do this. Guess what…i’m pinned this post…lol

got2havefaith - So freakin cool! I am thinking of putting a great “artistic” quote at the bottom of the canvas, then it can hang in my daughters room. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rachel - My daughter made one of these last week! She’s going to put it up in her dorm room when she goes to university in 2 weeks! Hers is a bit more splattery than yours – she’s into abstract art πŸ™‚
I kind of figured this would be your style of artwork too!

Annie - I was desperatly looking for cute art for the play room and thanks to you I will have some!! Love this idea and thanks for sharing!!

Amy - I have seen this before and now seeing yours gives me encouragement to do one this weekend! I also saw this on a blog and thought of you! It’s a crayon wreath!! Such a fun gift idea for teachers!

jennie - best craft thursday ever!

Jill - August 24th is our first day and the FIRST time I will have all five in ALL DAY school. OH MY! I am giddy with anticipation! The sad thing IS…I will be sad too! GAH!

Andrea - I just bought a clearenced canvas this week to do this, Im so excited. Yours is beautiful. Where did you hang it?

MaryLea @ pink and green mama - O_M_RAINBOW_GOODNESS!!!!!!
SQUEEEEEEEE!, I’m not starting dinner and I’m totally making one. RIGHT. Now.
When my children complain they’re hungry in an hour I’ll blame you. ; )
xoxo MaryLea

Emily B - I am dying over how wonderful this is. So simple, but incredible! Thanks for sharing! Crayola’s stock is rising as I type. πŸ™‚

A future Mrs - everytime i see something rainbow on pinterest i think of you. i’ve repinned a few of them and said to myself you should share this with meg. but then i forget. i’ll get around to sharing them with you soon.
glad to see you made this. i’ve been thinking about doing it but just staying in one color. like blues & greens for my bedroom.

Melinda - So excited about this picture. LOVE IT
THanks for sharing

jennibell - The kids and I were just playing the game “Skippity” and thought of you — a rainbow-colored game!!! Check it out. . .your Annie would LOVE it. (And listen to me. . .I talk like I “know” you and your kids — ha! Gotta love the internet.)

Tracy Sheehy - I love this project! I homeschool my kiddos and I am always looking for new art projects! Thanks for sharing!!

shannon - What a fun project and so beautiful with all those colors!
Yay, for back to school except I still have a little one at home but it’s nice for just one on one time πŸ˜‰

Loni - Oooohhhhh…I am so jealous. I didn’t even finish our summer list and I am back to work. I teach, so I am doing the work thing again. However, the idea of having the kids go back to school and me not, sounds great. Too bad it’s not in our budget.

alicia @ la famille - NO WAY!! I LOVE THIS!! I sorta AM all over pinterest…why have i never seen this?! I may just have to do this too. Thanks for the SUPER idea!!

Carol - I did not realize how simple! this project would be. It will be perfect for the craft area of our playroom – thanks for the inspiration!

shannon - SERIOUSLY! That has got to be the BEST artwork ever! We are sooooo gonna do that! πŸ˜€

Ashley - I definitely want to give that little art project a try. I pink puffy heart crayons. Yours looks great!

Kristin Hayne - I am ALLLLLL over this this weekend!!

Jodi @ The Un-Soccermom Blog - my 17yr old will love this craft! seriously!! πŸ™‚

lauren - it was only a matter of time before you made one yourself – you’re so right πŸ™‚ i’ve been making mini ones on 12×12 canvas like crazy….they’re great decor for any age but make super fun baby gifts!
take care!

Kori - Every time I see that on Pinterest I think of you. It’s cool to see that it seems to be as easy as it looks! Hafta try it now…

Katie - It came out fantastically! xo

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, soooo fun!! I am going to have to do it ! Have a wonderful first day of you, Meg!

Meredith Salmon - Going to do this weekend. Love it!!!

tinycandi - I was going to do this with my kids…we were going to try to just set it outside on one of those 110+ degree weather days and see how long it took them to melt…but 1) we didn’t get the supplies around and 2) I live in an apartment complex and didn’t want anyone messing with it. πŸ˜›
But it looks like your project turned out great! Looks good!

Jeanie Rhoades - OMYGOSH! Love it!!!

Cassi - I knew when I saw that on Pinterest you were going to try it. It’s perfect for you.

Michelle B - LOVE! Where are you going to hang it?

Kim - hahah. of course we knew! i think of your blog everytime i see that thing pinned.
glad to see its actually EASY.
i’m SO doing this.
the loft space in my apartment is all about color.
THIS would be perfect.
your report back sealed the deal. πŸ™‚
off to buy some crayons!

Charla Liedahl - I am making that TODAY for my kids playroom! LOVE it!

Terrie G - LoVe this!! I had not seen it before. It’s been so hot here this summer…couldn’t we just put it outside in the sun? πŸ™‚

Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Funny, I hadnt seen anything like this until last night on Pinterest. The pin I saw used a hot glue gun and you just run the crayon through the gun as if it were a glue stick. Different results but this looks alot faster!
And Im dying here…where are you taking down wallpaper? Fill me in,fellow old home owner:)

casey - WOW WOW WOW!!!! This just totally made my day! Can’t wait to try it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue Linse - Isn’t school just the best use of our tax dollars?

Sarah - That is AMAZING! That totally made my day.

Linda - I think we will have to try that!

happygirl - LOVE the crayon rainbow. LOVE back to school. (just never loved it for my son. School was not a respite. in any way. teachers calling, blah blah blah) πŸ™‚

Kelly - We have the same hair dryer! πŸ™‚ I have this on my list of things to make when my baby boy is bigger. What could be more fun? love it! Kelly

Sarah B - I’m not crafty….but I can do this and I AM doing this. It screams HAPPY HAPPY FUN!!!

Southern Gal - Yes! I was wondering when you would get to this project. It should be named the Meg Project with all those colors.

Darcie L. - Have you heard of CraftGawker too? They’re all over that site as well. And there’s an iPhone app. That’s deadly. But very useful when feeding a newborn in the middle of the night – I catch up on all my crafts! Instantly thought of you on this one, and every time I see a rainbow-anything!

Mary Beth - Yes.
Hooray for School!

Kerry - How flipping clever! And so awesome! I’m going to try and ‘Pin It’ Im new to Pinterest too… could get totally addictive. Where did you put the canvas when finished? xx

meg schmidt - this is the first time i’ve seen this and it is amazing! really, really love it. Where did you hang it?!

Ashley Wilson - What I think would make this just one step better is to put crayons on the other side too, and let the two ends melt into each other. If you did it in reverse colors, then you could get some beautiful secondary colors in the middle.

Cindy - What size canvas did you use?

Lora - LOVE IT!!

Cindy - Oh, how my girlies are going to LOVE this!!!

Sara - this looks like a great project for my advisory…thanks for sharing!!! πŸ™‚

Holly - I did think of you when I saw that on pinterest! Glad you got to make it! It is a very cool project!

Bobbie - Totally cool but not my style. Have you signed up for twitter yet? I think we should all email bomb you with pinterest invites until you start using it more.

alaina - OMW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am absolutely making this with my son this week! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we’ll invite his little friends over to make one, too! Thanks Meg.
and enjoy your quiet house! *sigh* Mine doesn’t start until Sept. 8th!

Leah - Can’t wait to try that one! Where will you hang it?

Gemma @ Musings of a gem - Enjoy your quiet time : )
Gemma x

Melissa - I’ve been wanting to do this but was afraid of a mess. Now that I see how easy it is I’m going to try it!!!

Whitney - SO funny! I made one of these a few weeks ago and was thinking “I should make one for Whatever Blog (what I call you so my husband knows who I am talking about!)” Glad you made one, it looks great!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage - You crack me up….I am so excited for you… time!!!! Enjoy it. I always look forward to the beginning of school also, but we have a new puppy….so I am continuing on with the puppy training……
The crayon projects is so pretty….and how easy….I might just have to try that while crayons are so cheap.

Staci - Sooooo coool!!! My boys would love it! And I think I have that same skirt you have on…Old Navy??!!!! I lovvve it!!!! Our first day of ALL day for everyone starts tomorrow…getting my gray covered…been wearing a hat for 2 weeks…having lunch with some great friends and then going for a rowing lesson!!!! CANNNOT wait!!!!! Gonna be a GREAT year!!!!!

Jen - I am totally making one too!

Cas - SWWWWWWWWWWOOOON! This is on my “must do” pinterest board…and now it’s top priority. I was thinking we could rely on our AZ sun to melt, but the hairdyer seems even better! BEAUTIFUL!

Gretchen - love the crayon project! it looks awesome! enjoy the quiet and the “me” time!!!

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