Butterfly Melted Crayon Art

What do you do with all your broken crayon pieces? We make crayon melting art. It is an easy craft that is fun to do for a family night or when friends come to play.


It seems every time my Little Chefs get out the box of crayons they are not fully picked up and either I step on one and break it in two, or Little Chef H thinks it is fun to break the crayons in two. She thinks she is so strong to be able to do this! I have a hard time throwing them out because I know there HAS to be something I can do with those pieces. Well, we did find one way. This craft does require some adult assistance because the use of an iron is required.


  • Broken crayon pieces
  • Grater
  • Wax paper
  • Iron


  1. Choose your favorite crayon and take the wrapping off of it.peeling off crayon wrapper
  2. Using a grater, carefully grate the crayon onto a piece of wax paper. We ended up with about 2 Tablespoons of grated crayon pieces.grating crayon
  3. Spread out your pieces onto your wax paper.

    sprinkling pieces ready to iron

  4. Place a second piece of wax paper on top of your first so the grated pieces are now sandwiched in between.
  5. Place a pressing towel on top of your waxed paper. Using a hot iron carefully iron your “sandwich” until the crayon is melted. This will only take a few seconds. Remember the pieces are small and will melt very quickly.melted crayon
  6. Remove the pressing towel to see your creation. Let it cool for a minute. Using scissors cut out a butterfly, or a shape of your own choosing.
  7. Glue one popsicle stick to one side of the butterfly in the middle for the body. Flip the butterfly over and glue the second popsicle stick so the wax paper is sandwiched inbetween.gluing popsicle stick
  8. Display it by a light source to see the maximum effect of the colors.

Butterfly crayon art

Variation: It is also fun to use two or more colors of crayons. Grate your colors then mix them together before ironing.
grated crayon colors   mixing colors  melted two tone crayons


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

16 Replies to "Butterfly Melted Crayon Art"

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    angie February 19, 2013 (4:11 pm)

    so very pretty love t thnk t wll be a sprng project for my grand-daughter and me
    come see what I shared at http://shopannes.blogspot.com

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    Stacie S-H (@redcherries22) February 19, 2013 (6:03 pm)

    I remember dong ths wth my mom when I was a kd. Really fun! Thanks for remndng me about t & sharng your pctures. Btw I grabbed your card at the BYBC on Sat and just wanted to come by and say H!

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    Tumbleweed Contessa February 20, 2013 (11:02 am)

    Ths s the perfect craft for my lttle neces comng to vst for sprng break. Oh what fun! I pnned t. I hope that you wll share ths at my party: http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-ths-weekend-3/ Glad to have seen t on Wow Me Wednesdays.

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    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch February 21, 2013 (6:04 pm)

    Ths s adorable, Kmberly. Would love for you to share at my lnky party gong on rght now. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html

    Thanks, Nch – The Mandatory Mooch

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      Kimberly February 21, 2013 (8:11 pm)

      Thanks so much! Thanks for the nvte I’ll go check t out and lnk up!

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    Rosey February 21, 2013 (8:30 pm)

    It came out really nce and I bet ths s a craft the kddos really lke! It’s a fun way to make use of tems that are around all of the tme.

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      Kimberly February 21, 2013 (8:41 pm)

      You are exactly rght. I love dong crafts wth household tems. It s more dffcult to run to the store and get one unusual thng to do a craft wth all my Lttle Chefs. We usually loose steam after we get home and put t off!

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    mommyspinkielipgloss February 22, 2013 (9:40 am)

    Butterflys were on my mnd today, now I know what to do wth all those crayons! Thanks! Mchelle

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    Taelia88 February 24, 2013 (11:24 am)

    Wonderful tutoral! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I ncluded t n my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #23 :)
    Have a great week!!

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    Miz Helen February 24, 2013 (7:12 pm)

    A great project, looks lke a lot of fun! Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharng wth Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Mz Helen

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    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch February 26, 2013 (11:32 pm)

    Thanks so much for lnkng up to Tasty Thursdays, Kmberly. Ths looks lke so much fun and wll be FEATURED on ths weeks party. Thanks, Nch

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    Marci April 4, 2013 (6:57 pm)

    I love the butterfles! How pretty! -Marc @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    Sharon M Dorland April 13, 2013 (7:26 pm)

    I am an artst, and I love ths dea…It’s endless at what you could create….I’m sure my lttle grand chldren would lke to do ths…

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