I don’t know art…

…But I do like crayons.

One of my best memories from grade school was popping open a new box of 24 Crayola Crayons on the first day of school. Who doesn’t love a nice fresh box of new crayons? I even like watching mini-documentary films on how they’re made (Thanks Sesame Street)!

I found a great post about using a big box of crayons and some heat to make a neat melted wax art piece for your wall on r/DIY.

The supplies needed for this are pretty cheap:

  • 1x Big box of crayons, I used a 64 pack of Crayola Crayons
  • 1x Piece of black post board
  • 1x Shadow box
  • hot glue gun
  • heat gun


The examples I found online didn’t include any real instructions so here are the ones I followed to make mine.


  1. Sort your crayons in a visually pleasing pattern (I sorted by label color, followed by crayon color).
  2. Hot glue crayons in a line as level as possible on black poster board.
  3. Align the poster board so the wax runs following the path you desire.
  4. Pull out your handy dandy heat gun and begin slowly melting the crayons. If you go too fast the hot glue will let go and you’ll have to go chase hot crayons.
  5. Glue the poster board into the shadow box.
  6. Stick it up on the wall and enjoy!

I’m fairly happy with how this turned out, although there is one thing that makes me want to re-do the whole thing. I didn’t do a very good job of measuring the poster board before cutting it so everything is about an inch too far to the right. Let that be a lesson: measure twice, cut once!