Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art

Happy Fine Motor Friday! It’s good for toddlers and preschoolers to do a variety of fine motor activities. Having different activities help work different fine motor muscles and hand coordination which is necessary for handwriting. Fine Motor Fridays is all about giving you a bunch of ideas to do with your little ones! Be sure to check out activities from our co-hosts at the end of this post! 

We’ve been exploring process art here lately and it is a lot of fun! Some art processes are also great for practicing fine motor skills! This Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art is one of those! With only a few everyday craft and household items kids can create these beautiful pieces of art and have lots of fun working those fine motor muscles!

Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art is a fun & creative way for kids to work on fine motor skills!

Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art


  • Old, Paperless Crayons
  • Manual Pencil Sharpener
  • Wax Paper
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Melted Crayon Shaving Process Art

This Melted Crayon Shaving Process Art is simple and fun! First rip off a sheet of wax paper and place it on your art surface. Then gather up some colorful crayons with the paper peeled off. Finally you are ready to start making crayon shavings. There are a couple of ways to do this. Caden used the simplest method with a manual, hand-held pencil sharpener. 

Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art

Another method for making crayon shavings is to use a food grater. I used this method, but you have to be careful with this, especially with kids, because it is very easy to get your fingers grated! Ouch!

Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art

The next step is to carefully fold the wax paper or place a new sheet of wax paper on top of the crayon shavings. Then with an iron on low temp pass of the wax paper and watch it melt. You may also want to place a towel over the wax paper so you don’t mess up the iron.

Ironing to melt crayon shavings

The result is a colorful blending of the crayon shavings into a cool piece of process artwork! These also make great sun catchers for the windows! I stuck Caden’s artwork up on a sunny window using washi tape!

Melted Crayon Shaving Process Art Sun Catcher



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More from Stir the Wonder:

 Bubble Snake Painting- a fun way to explore process art! Shaving Cream Marbling is a simple process art painting technique that will allow kids to get creative while exploring their tactile senses! Play Dough Sensory Mud- the messy way to play with old play dough that is so much fun!

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3 thoughts on “Melted Crayon Shavings Process Art”

  1. Kristin says:

    This is definitely my favorite use for old crayons that I have seen so far. My boy always wants to sharpen things, too! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Samantha says:

      You’re welcome! Have fun!

  2. Helen says:

    This is wonderful! I love using crayon shavings in projects.

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