How to Make Crayon Art with a Heat Tool

Are you looking for an out of the ordinary way to decorate a child’s bedroom or play area? Well, why not channel your inner Salvador Dali and learn how to make crayon art with a heat tool? Here’s how to do it:

In order to make your crayon art, you’ll need to obtain the following items:

  • 1 Proheat® Quick-Touch™ Heat Gun
  • 1 Set Canvas Boards, Primed
  • 1 Bag of Glue Sticks
  • 1 Box of Crayons


  • 1 Set Tjanting Squeeze Pens
  • 1 Set Tjanting Needles
  • 1 Utility Knife
  • 1 Cupcake Pan, Metal

Start the project by unwrapping or using your utility knife to remove the wrappers from the crayons. Once that task is complete, you’ll want to decide what type of art you want to create. Use your glue gun and glue sticks to attach the crayons to the canvas boards. Next, use the heat gun to melt the tips of the crayons. As the tips melt, tilt the canvas board to direct the wax. The end result will be something that resembles a colorful Rorschach inkblot test.

If you want to create art that is more defined, we’d suggest using the tjanting needles and squeeze pens. Just in case you are unfamiliar with them, the tjanting needles are outfitted with little metal wells to hold the melted wax. The wax then travels from the well to the tip of the needle. So you can technically use the needle like a paintbrush. The squeeze pens, on the other hand, look like metal medicine droppers. As such, they are great for filling in large areas or making dots.

Should you decide to use the tjanting needles or squeeze pens to make your art, you’ll want to break the unwrapped crayons up first. Then place the pieces into the metal cupcake pan. Once that’s done, use the Proheat® Quick-Touch™ Heat Gun to melt the crayon pieces.

When you are finished melting the crayons, you can either pour the wax into the needles or suck it up with the squeeze pen. Whichever option you choose, just make sure that periodically reheat the wax. Otherwise, it will start to get lumpy and harden. To learn more about using heat tools to create art, please contact Master Appliance.

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