Mila, from Latvia originally and now living in the UK, shares with us how to create a beautiful piece of melted crayon art. Let’s take a look…

What did you do?

I have a hot glue gun and melted crayons idea

Crayons rainbow rain

Things you need:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Crayons
  • Black paint
  • Painting brush
  • Paper tape
  • ScissorsPiece of hard paper
  • Plain canvas or thick piece of paper ( I used A4 for watercolours paints)


  1. Choose a desired silhouette on google. You can print it out and cut, I just drew it directly on my paper.
  2. Remove wrapping from crayons. Crayola might be too thick to fit in a glue gun, therefore will need shaving. No name wax crayons fitted just fine in my glue gun.
  3. Arrange crayon in rainbow order – the blending works better this way.
  4. Cover your umbrella so the crayons don’t go on your silhouette. I used a piece of hard paper and paper tape to attach it.
  5. Empty your glue gun from the glue, just squeeze all out when hot.
  6. Arrange your Canvas or paper nearly in standing position, I had it approximately in 60 degrees position. Make sure you cover your table as crayons are messy when melting.
  7. Place first crayon in the glue gun and let it warm out. Try to squeeze a bit on a tissue or spare piece of paper to get a feel how it works and make sure the colour is clean. 
  8. Start emptying the glue gun into your drawing. As the size of my picture was not big, I sometimes used only half of the crayon. If you still have more left in your gun, but feel it is enough of this colour, just empty it on a paper towel or disposable plate and continue with the next colour.
  9. Once you are satisfied with the result, remove your protective paper and colour in your silhouette.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Mila, I am from Latvia originally, but now live in UK for nearly 7 years. You can read more about Mila and Marilena on their other article here.