Project: Crayon Rainbow

I decided to do the crayon rainbow on canvas that I’ve seen several times on Pinterest.  I thought it would look kinda cool to do it on a dark background instead of the plain white canvas that the others are done on. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Canvas (I used an 11×14)

Wide paint brush

Ruler (optional)

Hairdryer (or embossing heat tool)

Black acrylic paint (or whatever color you want)

Craft glue (make sure you get one that dries clear)

Crayons (I needed 39 to do my 11×14)

First step was to cover the entire canvas in back acrylic paint. Let that dry at least 2 hours.

Then I laid out an equal number of each color of crayon, that I wanted to include in my rainbow. (The best way to do that I thought was to lay them beside the canvas first, to make sure I have the right amount, and I don’t accidentally mark up the canvas with the crayons.)

Then, it’s time to start gluing. Put a line of your craft glue on each crayon, and lay it down on the canvas. (I prefer the look of not having all of the “Crayola” words facing out).


This is also where the ruler comes in if you choose to use it. I used it across the bottom of the crayons to make sure I’m gluing them on evenly. If you can just eyeball it, great!

Once you have them all the way across, let the glue dry overnight.  You don’t want it to melt when you apply the heat of the hairdryer on the next step!


Hold your canvas at an angle, turn on the heat on your hairdryer, and point it at the crayons.


Once they start to melt, it will go pretty fast, so be ready.  You can also stop the melting (obviously) by removing the heat.  The crayons set up almost instantly, so it’s easy to start and stop the process.  You can tilt the canvas different directions as it’s melting to change the direction of the melt.

Here’s what mine looked like all finished.

Then I decided to add a tiny bit of sparkle. 😉  


2 responses

  1. I think that looks great! Is that different than the one you texted me (that I glanced at in the middle of a “discussion” with a child, and then promptly forgot to respond to, sorry!)

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