Crayon Art Sculpture

24 Mar

Crayon Art SculptureEvery two weeks some blogger friends of mine get together for an art series that explores a different art material or art process.  Last month we tried fabric resist art and this month we are working with crayons.  I’m so excited by this crayon art sculpture.  It is such an easy art project for kids.  All you need is a box of crayons (paper wrapper must remain on) and a glue gun.  At first I felt bad about “ruining” a new box of crayons,  but then I decided there are all different purposes for things and if no one ever tried using things in a different way, the world would be pretty limited.  So, here’s my take on exploring with crayons.

Crayon Art SculptureCrayon Art SculptureCrayon Art SculptureIf you’ve read my blog before you may have noticed that I am a huge advocate of children working with real tools.  Low heat glue guns can be purchased at almost any craft store and are a fantastic exploration tool.  Everyone has their own comfort level with things like this.  Please make sure your child is closely supervised when using a glue gun.  I’d say this project is best for 4 and up.  Since my girls are toddlers, I made this sculpture while they napped.  (sorry girls) I would love to give a box of crayons and glue guns to a table of 4-18 year olds and see what they come up with.  A collaborative sculpture would be so cool! The possibilities are endless!

Crayon Art SculptureCrayon Art SculptureOne of the greatest things about this art sculpture is that it was super easy.  I cut out a cardboard base from an old box and started glueing crayons to the base with a glue gun.  I had to hold each crayon in position for five seconds to wait for the glue to dry.  The sculpture is surprisingly sturdy.  Once I started I kept going until I used all 64 crayons in the box.  That felt important to me for some reason, like it was less wasteful if I used the whole box.  Does that make sense?  I think it felt more purposeful that way.  Of course, kids don’t have to do that.  Mini sculptures would be great too! The colors are so beautiful, it’s pretty much a guaranteed success project.  I’d love to see a rainbow crayon sculpture or one in only reds or only yellows.  I may have started my next obsession.  The most important thing is you can’t do this without the paper on the crayons.  Trust me, I tried family crayon sculpture art with unwrapped crayons first and it definitely did not work.  The glue in the glue gun resists the wax of the crayon making it really difficult to work with, at least for this purpose.

Crayon Art SculptureCrayon Art SculptureCrayon Art SculptureGigi was totally fascinated when she woke up and saw the sculpture.  It was pretty cool.  This is definitely something I’d try again.  I’d love to make it a birthday party project when my girls get a little older.  It would be amazing to see this on a large scale too.  How about it Crayola?  Want to commission me to make a large scale Crayon Art Sculputre?  10,000 crayons should do it?  Who’s in?

Crayon Art SculptureCrayon Art SculptureTo see other really awesome ways to explore with crayons please check out these links.  You won’t be disappointed!

How to Color Fabric with Crayons by Willowday

Easy Crayon Painting for Kids by BabbleDabbleDo

Melted Crayon Art with a Glue Gun by Learn Play Imagine

Art for Kids Using Sandpaper and Crayons by Buggy and Buddy

Crayon Transfer Technique by Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Crayon Resist Photo Display by Twodaloo

Melted Crayon Art for Easter by Blog Me Mom

 

Crayon Art Sculpture

24 Responses to “Crayon Art Sculpture”

  1. Jeanette Nyberg March 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    This is FANTASTIC! You are a crayon-sculpting genius, and I’m 100% positive my daughter will want to make one of these.

    • Meri Cherry March 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      YES! Please post a pic when she makes one. It’s soooo much fun!

  2. Gina March 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    It’s a masterpiece, Meri!!! Genius!

    • Meri Cherry March 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      Gina!!! Thank you so much! I was so excited for you to see it! xxx

  3. Stephanie Haass March 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    This is so awesome! I love your brain!!

    • Meri Cherry March 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks Stephanie! The feeling is mutual!

  4. Anik March 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    This is amazing! Love it! Looks beautiful for me!

    • Meri Cherry March 25, 2014 at 1:26 am #

      I like it for myself too! I can’t wait to see what a variety of ages can do with this. Thanks for reading along!

  5. Emma @ P is for Preschooler March 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    This is so awesome! My daughter never colors with crayons, so we can make sculptures instead!

    • Meri Cherry March 25, 2014 at 1:26 am #

      Totally! It’s addicting. Be warned! You may need to stock up on crayons.

  6. MaryAnne March 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    What a fun and creative way to use crayons!

    • Meri Cherry March 25, 2014 at 1:27 am #

      Thanks MaryAnne! I am enjoying it so much and it was so much fun to make!

  7. anne March 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    The project, itself, is very cool, but the clarity of your pictures makes me want to try it just to get those pics with my kids! Beautiful. . .

    • Meri Cherry March 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Ha! Thank you so much. Hope you try it…and take great pics! : )

  8. Ana March 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    I just love this!!!!!! And I completely agree about letting kids use real tools!

    • Meri Cherry March 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks Ana! Tools for tots, my new mantra.

  9. JayNine April 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    Darling, you are too good… You know, you deserve much recognition for all of your clever creativity! I love it around your blog. There is just SOO much to discover and so little time. All of your blogger buddies are my favs as well. Who knows one day maybe I’ll really get my blog together and join you all!!! For now, I do enjoy being inspired and encouraged by you, all!😀 Thank you for sharing your great ideas with us! Follower for life!

    • Meri Cherry April 4, 2014 at 4:54 am #

      Wow. Thank you so much! What a nice comment to read! I really appreciate it and love that you’re enjoying my posts. Blogging is really fun. Go for it! I would be happy to follow along : )

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