Drippy Droppy Project for a Rainy Day

Snip-Snap Rundown

Difficulty: 7/10

Materials: Hot glue gun, hair dryer (optional), canvas, crayons, permanent marker, newspaper

Time: 3-7 hours

Danger: Moderate craft warrior risk is involved. If you’re not nimble with a hot glue gun don’t tempt this particular fate.

Payoff: Super-rad. One might even say dope.

Craftable, Giftable Swag

Every so often I get a yearning to hunker down and get my hands dirty in some sort of craft project. If we’ve been looking at the same Google I can safely assume that you are also a fervent patron of craft porn. That means you’ve definitely seen this melted crayon on canvas project. However, if you’re living in some alternate universe or if you have a social life that prevents you from becoming deeply entangled in craft message boards then take a look!

There are lots of great places to find directions for this project. (Like this groovy webspot). It’s pretty self-explanatory but there are also a lot of different ways that you can do it. You can choose the lovers-in-the-rain option or the git down with your pensive self. You can even get a little self-centered about it. Any way you melt it, it tends to turn out pretty well.

I chose to put a stylized name under the umbrella, tapeoff the umbrella area using a piece of cardboard, and fire up my heavy-duty craft implements. (Note: when you tape the cardboard make sure to do it from UNDER the piece so that you don’t accidentally pull off the melted crayon streams along with the tape when you remove it).

On my first few tries I put crayons directly into a large or medium-barreled hot glue gun and squirted the white-hot crayon puddles straight onto the canvas. That strategy gives you more control over the placement, colors and thickness of the “raindrops”.

 Digit alert! I burned myself a couple times working on these and, though I made

some decidedly stupid moves, it still smarts. A lot of glue guns heat molten crayon puddles to near-volcanic levels and you gotta watch those fretful flanges. Make sure not to make the stupid (and familiar) mistake of accidentally dumping boiling crayon-magma out the back opening of the glue gun. Also, wear pants. Nuff said.

Safety deposit alert! This project definitely involves some splatter. If you want to get your safety deposit back when you move to that Beverly Hills mansion in 2024 then make sure to lay down some newspaper beforehand. However, if you don’t lay down a splashguard you’ll have the benefit of unique Jackson-Pollock-looking wall art. Whatever floats your boat.

Whenever you’ve mastered your chosen mode of crayon art you can switch it up. Like I said, I used a glue gun to squirt individual streams of melted wax on these pieces but if you use a hair dryer you get a different look.

Set up is the same for the hair dryer method except that you glue the actual crayons to the canvas (choose whether or not to leave the crayon wrappers on). Then use a hair dryer to heat those bad boys up. They start to melt pretty quickly (2-15 minutes depending on the hair dryer and setting) so if you want pastel-y colors and just a light covering on the canvas that project will go pretty quickly. If you want a denser “rain” you’ll need to sit around for a long time oscillating a loud hair dryer manually.

Torrential rainbow downpour.

This one took a couple hours and if you use a lower setting you won’t get that diagonal runoff that you see on the left there.

The Verdict: This project gets a little painstaking but if you’re willing to put in the time it turns out well. It’s a gift I was proud to give (correct me if I’m being overzealous, but I’d say it’s a few steps up from macaroni and paste) and it’s great for room decoration. Plus, you can personalize it with colors, cutouts, etc AND it’s not too expensive. Try this out if you love DIY projects, Pinterest, or even just craft beers.

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