Looking for a fun and easy art project for your kids? Why not try making paint with crayons! Not only are crayons perfect for little hands, but by using them to make paint, you utilize all the old crayons that are occupying space in your kid's toy box. Kids can experiment with mixing different colors to see what new shades they can create. This will help them learn about the properties of different colors and how they react when combined. Additionally, making paint with crayons is a great bonding activity for parents and kids. Your kids are sure to have fun, and you too may learn a few interesting things! So let's get started with learning how to make paint with crayons.
The Material Needed to Make Paint with Crayons
Before we get going, let's grab the required materials. You may find most of these items lying around in your house.
1. Crayons (preferably old)
We suggest using older crayons as they're better suited for melting.
You can use any old paintbrush lying around that you do not mind throwing away later. Remember, the brushes will get sticky after the process due to the oil in the crayons.
3. A pot or muffin tin
This is used to melt the crayons. If you don't have a muffin tin lying around, feel free to use a pot or a similar utensil here.
You can use any paper, but we suggest using thicker paper. It will be used later on for the kids to try their new paint!
You'll need to use the oven to melt the crayons. A hairdryer could work too. However, we find that the oven gives better results.
Now that we have all the materials, let's get started!
Method of Making Paint with Crayons
Step 1 - Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. While the oven is preheating, gather your materials.
Step 2 - Start by peeling the paper off of the crayons. This step is crucial to ensure there aren't any pieces of paper in your paint. Once the crayons are peeled, break them into pieces and put them in the muffin tin. Fill each slot in the tin about halfway with crayon pieces.
Step 3 - Put the muffin tin in the oven and let the crayons melt for around 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them and occasionally stir to make sure they melt evenly.
Step 4 - Once the crayons have melted, add a few drops of water to each slot in the tin. It will determine how light or dark you want your paint to be. Stir the water and crayon mixture until it is combined.
Step 5 - Carefully remove the tin from the oven and let it cool. Once it is cooled, your paint will be ready to use! Store it in a dry place when you’re not using it.
5 Tips for Making Good Paint with Crayons
Making paint with crayons is a fun and easy way to add color to your art projects. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your crayon paints:
1. Choose good-quality crayons for the best results.
2. Use a sharp knife or pencil sharpener to shave the crayons into small pieces.
3. Place the shaved crayon pieces into a metal container and set it over a double boiler.
4. Once the wax is melted, add a small amount of water to thin the paint and stir well.
5. Use the paint immediately or store it in a tightly sealed container for later use.
Dos and Don'ts
1. Use good quality crayons for the best results.
2. Experiment with different brands and types of crayons to find the perfect fit for your project.
3. Preheat your oven before melting the crayons.
4. Use an oven-safe container to melt the crayons in.
5. Be careful when handling the hot melted wax.
1. Don't use low-quality crayons.
2. Don't try to melt crayons using the microwave but use the oven instead.
3. Don't add food coloring to the melted crayons.
Making your own paint is a great way to add color to your art projects, and it's also a lot of fun. You must experiment with different brands and types of crayons to find the perfect fit for your artwork, and always be careful when handling the hot melted wax. Thanks for reading!