We love using melted crayons and a hair dryer to add a splash of color and texture to our paintings. Now that we’re pros at melting crayons we wanted to really take it up a step and start using this technique to decorate some of our Spring crafts. First project at hand, adding a little…okay a lot…of color to these plain white bird houses.
Follow these few steps below to learn how to make these “Melted Crayon Bird Houses” with your kiddos!
What you need:
- Wooden bird houses
- White paint + brush
- Colored crayons
- Hair blow dryer
- Drop cloth
Step 1 – Place the drop cloth on the table you’ll be working at. Make sure you fully cover the table and floor as the melted crayons can splatter everywhere.
Step 2 – Paint the plain wooden bird houses with white paint. Allow paint to fully dry.
Step 3 – Remove the paper wrapping from the crayons. You can even use broken crayon bits if you do not want to waste a brand new crayon.
Step 4 – Hold the crayon a few inches away from the white bird house for your child. Using the heat setting, point the blow dryer down at the crayon. Once the crayon begins to melt it will start to splatter towards the bird house.
Step 5 – Try playing with the settings on the dryer (high to low) and slightly shake the crayon to get different sizes and shapes of melted crayon splatters. Allow the crayon to dry thoroughly.
Do not allow your child to handle the melted crayon as the hot wax can burn their skin. If they are old enough, you could try to let them control the hair dryer so they can contribute.
These bird houses are best kept as indoor decorations for Spring time. They also make great Mother’s Day gifts!