What Can You Do with Leftover Crayons?

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Georges Seurat

This activity requires adult supervision, because you use candles to melt crayons.

You are going to make a pointillist crayon art picture.

Although the craftster who made this originally used white tiles as backing, and then they were so beautiful she put them on her mantelpiece as decorations, you could as easily use white posterboard for the backing.

You will need:

  • Leftover crayons (it is particularly striking if you use variations of a single color, like light and dark reds and pinks)
  • White posterboard or white tile
  • Paper to make large letters
  • Pencil
  • Candle
  • Matches


  1. Cut the posterboard to the size you want to use. 8 ½ x 11 inches, the size of a standard piece of typing paper, or a square 8×8 both work fine.
  2. Make a letter outline almost as large as the posterboard you’ve cut out. You might pick the first letter of your grandchild’s name, for example. You can print a very large letter on printer paper from your computer, trace around a letter from a magazine, or draw one. It should have a simple outline, what printers call a sans serif font, no little edges extending out from the letter, so it will be easier to trace around. The original craftster used Arial font. You could also use a simple shape, like a heart.
  3. Put the paper letter down on the posterboard or tile and trace around it with a pencil.
  4. Select the colors of crayon you want to use and set them aside from the others.
  5. Melt the tip of one of the crayons you want to use and let it drip on the posterboard outside the outlines of the letter you’ve drawn.
  6. Drip melted crayon dots evenly around the posterboard, staying outside the lines of the letter outline.
  7. When you have used up that crayon, select another, similar color. Melt and drip dots evenly over the posterboard, as with the first crayon.
  8. Continue dripping crayon dots over the board, being careful not to drip them in the letter, but letting them overlap dots already on the board.
  9. Continue dripping dots of crayon over the board until the letter clearly stands out and you are happy with the results.

Hang or prop the letter board somewhere prominently, such as in your grandchild’s room or in the kitchen.

Thanks to Nina, at www.grandmaideas.com for suggesting this activity.

Thanks also to Polly,  for designing it and giving us a step-by-step photo tutorial.

Polly altered an idea she saw in which the letters were outlined with sprinkles, instead of melted crayon dots.

This Looks A Lot Like Some Paintings

If your grandchild is interested in dotted paintings like this, you might show them some from pointillists, like Georges Seurat, the creator of this style,  Vincent van Gogh, who sometimes used this style, or more recently, Chuck Close, known for his pixelated portraits.

On Frugal Fridays, we write about fun things to do with your grandchildren with materials you have around the house.

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