It’s officially December which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the loved ones in our lives! This also means that, if you’re like me, you are running a bit low on monies for said loved ones in our lives. That’s why I love to DIY; you can give someone a personal and meaningful gift without breaking the bank! This DIY Totoro melted crayon art is inexpensive and can be customized to fit any fan or fandom you need! Let us craft!
What you’ll need:
- Blank canvas
- Black Sharpie
- Many colors of crayons (I bought these at the 99 cent store)
- A hairdryer **not pictured!
I quickly figured out that I didn’t have enough crayons for the size of canvas I had so I got creative and broke them in half to make up for it! This was probably a good thing because halving them was a better fit for this size of canvas anyway.
Once you’re happy with your crayon color arrangement, you’re gonna want to tape them in place.
*I realized much too late that I probably should have glued the crayons on the canvas so they wouldn’t slip when the tape got hot and lost its grip on the crayons. I may or may not have come to this realization the hard way.*
Next I drew my little Totoro in the corner. I made his leaf much bigger to actually keep him from getting wet this time. I’m not Van Gogh, here and I know my little Totoro isn’t super amazing or might not be totally accurate but I think he came out cute anyhow.
Now, to keep him clean, I used masking tape to protect him. I ended up using multiple layers of tape to make it thick; that way the crayons would drip down the sides of the tape and make a nice “umbrella” effect. Cut the tape out in the shape you want.
Make sure you have a nice level space to do this; you don’t want to get crayon all over the place. I put down a lot of paper to catch the excess drippings. What I put down still wasn’t enough so go overboard with this to protect your floor.
Now, the fun part; let’s melt some crayons! I used the “hot” setting on “low” to get the crayons started. Once they started melting, I turned it up to get the party really going.
Yeah, look at all that melted goodness. You can stop the heat as soon as you’re happy with the amount of color. This is where I realized the crayons were drooping and needed to be remedied.
So, I decided to take off the tape and melt the crayon tops a little more and basically squish them into staying on the canvas.
Now, I outlined my little guy with the Sharpie and erased the pencil marks. I thought about coloring him in but my husband pointed out that it looked nice in black and white because it looks like he’s trying not to get color on him…I like it!
And that’s it; you’re done! This is one of those crafts that can be totally customized. I thought about making a Doctor Who one with the Tardis getting “rained” on; the possibilities are endless, really! There doesn’t even have to be a nerdy element to it, it’s a pretty fun thing to do on it’s own and easy enough for little ones! If you decide to make this craft be sure to tag us using #6NCDIY so we can see your amazing creations!
All photos via author