This melted crayon dot heart is a fun craft for this Valentine season. Of course, you don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to do this kind of craft. It is easy to do this dot art with any shape. I will show you how to make it work in this tutorial using a really cheap griddle I bought at Goodwill. We have used this griddle for a craft idea I had posted before, but I love the thought of making colorful explosions of art with little wax (melted crayon) dots. Before I begin, let me please urge you to be very careful when working on this craft. Griddles are hot, and they can burn. Make sure to supervise this project carefully and keep your griddle at a lower temperature.
I bought an old griddle a while back at Goodwill. I remember doing melted crayon artwork as a little kid, so I was excited to have my own griddle for fun crayon projects. It was a very cheap addition to our craft closet. What if you don’t have a griddle? I have seen people do melted crayon dot art with a candle, melting the tip and then doing dots. It’s an option but will also need to be highly supervised and would be more appropriate for older kids.
I printed out a big heart. It’s really simple to add a heart to a Word document by choosing to insert a shape. However, I made a printable for you so that it would be very easy to duplicate this project. You can lay this heart directly onto the griddle and lay another piece of printer paper over it. You will be able to see through the paper to see your guidelines to follow to create the heart.
If your griddle runs too warm and you are afraid of getting burned, another option is to put a paper towel down on the griddle prior to use. The layers would be 1) paper towel 2) heart outline printable 3) blank sheet of printer paper on top.
On your blank piece of paper, your child will start doing different colors around the outline shape of the heart.
The method is to hold the crayon in one place to let it melt a bit. Once it becomes soft, you move the crayon in a tiny circle to create the dot. I liked to use the same color over and over again in different spots since the crayon was already warm. So, I might (and encourage my kids to) do a bunch of blue dots and then a bunch of yellow and so on until it’s filled in completely. We tried to do the outline of the heart first and then begin to fill in. Kenzie was a little anxious to start fill in in the heart, so this didn’t happen exactly that way for her.
You can cut out the heart once it is completed.
Here is Kenzie with her work. We did this while Abby was at school, so I’m going to do this project with Abby another day.
Here are our hearts side by side. I really hope you have a lot of fun creating this craft with your own kids.