Crayon Drip Rain Cloud

While Ella is a bonafide crafter, I’m more of a fan of process art activities that emphasize the crafting rather than the result and engage the senses during the art-making process. This Crayon Drip Rain Cloud craft kept both of us happy on a recent rainy day, and it’s such a cute addition to our growing kids’ art collection!

This crayon drip rain cloud "painting" is an awesome process art project for kids on a rainy day. This post discusses why process art is great for kids and tips for successfully creating this project, or one similar to it!

I love doing process art with the kids because it really allows them to engage their creative sides – and process art doesn’t mean that the final piece has to look like a mess! Process art simply focuses more on the process of art making than the final product, ensuring that kids feel free to work abstractly and interpret the materials however they feel moved. Sometimes, yes, that does mean that the final product looks nothing like you’ve intended – but often the kids are prouder of work that they were able to be free while creating, rather than crafts that they had no real creative expression making.

The textures of the cotton, the visual & dynamic process of melting the crayons, the snapping in half of the crayons, and the contrast of using different materials all creates an engaging art process that keeps kids’ interested and makes for a gorgeous final product.
The perfect process art project for a rainy day, this crayon drip cloud with button rain drops is such a cute craft that kids will love making - from melting the crayons to decorating the canvas with cotton and buttons

Ella had previously done a cute melted crayon art project with her aunt and she had been begging to do one again for awhile. It seemed a bit messy and possibly dangerous (all that melting wax) so I had put off doing it with her for longer than I should admit. However, the crayon melting only took a couple minutes and if done properly, it should only drip onto the surface directly below it – it shouldn’t sputter or go flying.

We originally attached the crayons to the canvas with tape (which you’ll see below) but the hair dryer dried out the tape’s adhesive quickly and the crayons fell. I re-attached them with hot glue and we were fine. The cotton cloud actually covers up the crayons they way we did our project, but you could pull them off after you’re done melting the crayons.

How to make a rain cloud dripping with crayon wax

How to Make a Crayon Drip Rain Cloud

First, gather your materials:

First, have your child work on their fine motor skills by unwrapping the crayons from their wrappers.

Process art engages the creative muscles, but can also be great for fine motor muscles, too!

Have your child show off their hand strength by snapping the crayons in half so that they will be covered by the clouds.

Process art with kids - a rain crayon drip art project

Attach the crayons to the top of the canvas with a strong glue and allow to dry before moving on to the melting step (see below).

How to safely do crayon drip art with kids

Melt the crayons with the hair dryer. Experiment with holding the hair dryer at different angles to the crayons to see the different patterns and directions that the melted wax goes. If you’re not doing this on a rainy day, it would be a good activity to take outside, or at least be sure to cover your floor with newspaper.

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Once the crayon wax has cooled, use the school glue to attach your “rain drop” buttons. This is probably my favourite part of the craft!

How amazing is this simple process art project for kids? A rain cloud painting created by melted crayons and other 3D materials

You could alternatively (or additionally) add some silver tinfoil or pipe cleaners for a lightning zigzag. Or a little flash of glitter!

We had so much fun making this beautiful process art rain cloud – are you a fan of doing process art with your kids?

Check out some of our other awesome kids’ process art ideas, like Paint Clouds Sensory Craft and Aboriginal Dot Painting.

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And be sure to check out these 7 other button crafts & activities for kids from my fellow kids’ activity bloggers:

Fall Tree with Buttons – Uno Zwei Tutu

Button Bracelets – Kids Craft Room

Button Tic-Tac-Toe DiY Magnet Game – Twitchetts

Button Caterpillar – Books and Giggles

DIY Burlap Button Flower Garden Wall Art – Artsy Craftsy Mom

Button Number Match – Schooling A Monkey

Crayon Drip Rain Cloud – Sugar, Spice, & Glitter

Fall Tree Busy Bag – Views From A Step Stool

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5 Comments

  1. What a cute idea! Will this work on card stock or regular paper? I would like to try this with about 18 kids but we don’t have the funds to get everyone a canvas.

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