How to make Batik Fabric with Crayons

This is a great way to make your own brightly colored batik fabric using crayons!  A vintage craft come to life!

how to make batik fabric with crayons

I’m always looking through my vintage craft magazines for fresh ideas, and every now and then I pick one and run with it. As a quilter, I’ve always had a preference for batik fabrics. I love the vibrant colors! Well, if you have been following my blog for any time, you probably already know that I love me some color. And the idea of using a resist to block color in areas is something that I love doing with my Ukrainian eggs. So, a mix of color and resist dyeing with crayons just seemed right up my alley.

Now before I go any further, I’m betting there was probably an easier way to do this. But I will tell you how I did it, using my instructions that came from a 1956 Workbasket magazine and a few edits thrown in from me when I ran across some minor roadblocks.

For this project I used:

100% Cotton fabric (light color)
Fabric Spray Paint Color: Ashpalt
Black Fabric Pen
Cheap paintbrushes
Muffin Tin
Deep Dish Griddle

making batik fabric with crayons

Cut the light fabric into two 12” squares. I wanted a colorful town street scene, so I drew in pencil the basic design that I wanted.  You could also use a coloring book page or other fun design.

how to make batik fabric with crayons

Add crayon pieces to the muffin tin.  To melt the crayons, use a deep dish griddle, add water to it and float the muffin tin in it.  Keep the water at a simmer, and it allows the crayons to stay melted in this make-shift double boiler.

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  • Karen March 9, 2018, 11:36 am

    Hi Suzie, I found your tutorial and was excited to try this. I work at a community art studio and wanted to use this with a group of cognitively impaired young adults. I tried it today in the studio in preparation for the workshop next week and I was extremely disappointed. I wonder if it matters what kind of crayons are used because there were large areas under the crayon wax which did not get any color. The crayons were a large bag of broken crayons of various brands you could tell by the size and shapes. Many of them didn’t even melt in the tins that sat on the outer edge of the fry pan. All them made for a rather thin watery liquid once melted. Is there a particular brand of crayon I should use for this? Or maybe there is something I forgot to do that would have made a difference?

    • Susan Myers March 9, 2018, 12:03 pm

      Hi Karen,

      If the crayons didn’t even melt, then I would say the quality of crayon may be at fault. I used crayola crayons. They have lots of color in them. But I also have to say that it is important that the crayon wax melt into the fabric. This particular project was based on art projects from my grade school days and I had good success with it.

      I would try good quality crayons and be sure that the wax melts. Hope that helps!


  • Louise October 29, 2016, 8:49 am

    I used your tutorial to make a pair of butterfly wings for my daughter. They turned out beautifully. Thanks for an excellent tutorial.

  • Elva September 13, 2016, 1:29 am

    Thank you so much for this über cool idea!!! Im on it this weekend, will let you know how it went!!!

  • jackie cubillos July 13, 2016, 2:06 pm

    Mil gracias Suzy! desde Chile un abrazo para ti! te encontre por Pinterest, he visto muchas paginas con tutoriales, pero la tuya la lleva lejos como la mejor!, en cuanto haga un batik te enviare fotos!! amo la artesania y las manualidades!!…mil abrazoss!!!

  • Anonymous July 10, 2016, 8:52 pm

    Suzy thankyou so much ..
    It’s very great tutorial coz I can share n teach d women Prisson
    And they can make money to sell n an Idea when they’re free outside.
    Thanks again GOD BLESS U

  • Leiah March 1, 2016, 10:05 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I have been wanting to dye a true blue violet and haven’t been able to get the right mix with Jacquard dyes. This is perfect to make a beautiful batik with my blue violet crayons!

    • Susan Myers March 2, 2016, 9:47 pm

      You are very welcome! I would love to see what you come up with!

  • Irma January 21, 2016, 11:21 am

    This is great! I made 2 pieces and want to make them into pillows but the fabric is too hard for pillows. Maybe I used too much wax?? Is there a way to make the fabric softer? I’ve washed it in cold water…still rather hard for pillows. Any ideas are appreciated!!
    Thank you!!

    • Susan Myers January 24, 2016, 9:58 pm

      Hi Irma!
      The best way to get out the extra wax is to keep ironing them and using newspaper. You will be surprised at how much wax the fabric can hold. My finished pieces are not as soft as they were originally before the wax, but they did fine for pillows. Hope that helps. Would love to see what you come up with!


      • Pamela Osmus March 22, 2016, 10:33 am

        When I was a youth we ironed out as much wax as possible and then sent finished batik fabrics to the dry cleaner and they removed the residual wax in the fabric. This is a nice idea, thank you!

        • Susan Myers March 31, 2016, 2:17 pm

          Hi Pamela!
          What a great idea! I will definitely try that next time. It would save a ton of time at the finishing step.


  • Tina tenace December 3, 2015, 6:40 pm

    We made a similar project when we were young. We colored directly onto the fabric. Then die an a contrasting color and iron. It was fun and did not create the mess and safety issue that melted wax provides.

  • pie December 2, 2015, 7:45 am

    now i know how stupid am i who still searching the right tools for creating my own batik when i had crayons … (anyway can i use oil pastel crayons? seems like it wont work…)

    • Susan Myers December 5, 2015, 11:37 am


      I’m not sure if oil pastels would work or not. I don’t think they would dry. But you could definitely try it and let me know how it comes out!


  • Anonymous October 4, 2015, 1:40 pm

    Did you even use coffee of tea as a stain with this instead of the water based ink?

    • Susan Myers October 9, 2015, 2:06 pm

      No, I have not tried it with coffee or tea. I’m not sure the contrast would be what I’m looking for.


  • Annek June 30, 2015, 10:12 pm

    Can you tell me the purpose of the fabric spray? Amazon do not deliver this to Australia.

    • Anonymous October 16, 2015, 12:53 am

      Pretty sure it is just optional. To add the cracked, vintage look.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2015, 12:04 am

    Try using textile ink, it heat sets onto fabric and you can paint it on!!

  • Jackie May 10, 2015, 2:04 am

    A great activity. I used a cheap pop cake maker to melt the crayons. Was awesome.

  • smita April 8, 2015, 1:06 am

    Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial.Its highly creative and beautiful. Best to you

  • Deanna March 28, 2015, 1:55 pm

    What wonderful pictures those of you have shared thus far. I’ve always wanted to do this, but have yet to do so. My husband is from Sri Lanka and has done this many years ago. I think I need to catch . I too am wondering if there is something else I could use instead of dye, what types of paints, acrylic, water color, washable markers, I believe I need to experiment. I’ve found dye very messy for myself. With snow still on the ground going outdoors and spraying is not an option just yet! But I can prepare the pictures and do it later. Thank you for all the insperation! I love this website.

    • Susan Myers April 1, 2015, 8:20 pm

      Hi Deanna!

      Black acrylic may work in place of dye. Keep in mind that you would need to wash in cold water only to keep your colors vibrant. I would love to see what you come up with!


  • kelley February 17, 2015, 10:55 pm

    Is it possible to use linen for this process?

    • Susan Myers February 18, 2015, 8:04 pm

      Hi Kelley,

      Since linen is made from flax which is plant product, then I would assume that this would work fine on it. I would experiment with a small piece first though. Would love to see what you come up with!


  • EJ February 17, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Soooo much fun!!! It’s incredible how it transforms some of my blobby brush strokes of melted crayon into something beautiful!!!

  • Andi C. November 5, 2014, 12:01 pm

    I somehow found this post through a post on Hometalk – and I am so happy that I did! This is a great tutorial with awesome results! thank you for the inspiration! I will be following you from now on 🙂

    • Susan Myers November 6, 2014, 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so glad I was able to inspire!


  • Kristie September 26, 2014, 1:29 pm

    This is a very creative idea, way better than the traditional batik process and more colors to choose from with Crayola’s as opposed to dyes which are harder to mix and get the colors just right.

    • Susan Myers September 27, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Thanks, Kristie! If you decide to try it, would love to see what you come up with!


  • Melissa May 20, 2014, 5:49 pm

    I love this idea, but I have had a problem and was wondering if you can resolve it 🙂 I melted the wax in a deep dish griddle, but by the time I got it on my fabric it had melted pretty quickly on the brush. This left for it to be incredibly hard to work with. I am working in my basement studio which is a little cooler and I am not sure if this is the issue? Do you have a solution for this? I am currently working on just trying to color directly onto the fabric per another suggestion that I read on here for little kids, but I am worried that the crayons are not going to make enough cracks to get the “batik” look. I am waiting for the fabric dye to dry right now! I am hoping to do this project with little kids (ages 6-9) Thanks so much for the wonderful idea!

    • Melissa May 20, 2014, 6:43 pm

      I should say it “cooled” pretty quickly on the brush, not melted! Thank you for your help!

    • Susan Myers May 20, 2014, 7:34 pm

      Hi Melissa!

      It sounds like your hot plate is not getting the crayons hot enough. It needs to be very liquid when you are working with it so that the fabric absorbs the wax. If the fabric does not absorb it properly, the dye will bleed through the crayons. You don’t want your wax steaming (that is too hot), but it needs to be thoroughly melted so that you have plenty of time to move it from the pan to the fabric.

      Also- be sure to use 100% cotton fabric – it absorbs the wax well. This particular project may not be suited for little kids due to the fact that the wax does need to be hot. If you color directly onto the fabric, just make sure you color thickly, then put the fabric between newspapers and iron it. This will melt the crayon into the fabric.

      Hope that helps!!


  • Lisal May 13, 2014, 12:55 pm

    The batik project did not work for us! Painting went well..the electric skillet to keep the paint tins hot worked great. The black dye went on fine and rinsed out ok but it stained the backside of the fabric too. When I ironed off the crayons, the crayon color was very faint and even covered in some places by the dye that seeped through the back of the fabric….. Any suggestions?

    • Susan Myers May 13, 2014, 8:18 pm

      What type of fabric did you use? 100% Cotton works best. The fabric needs to soak up the crayon wax. If it soaks it up, the dye shouldn’t penetrate. Wax is a common resist used in all batik making, but the fabric needs to soak it up. That may also explain why the color is only faint.

      Let me know…

    • Jill May 20, 2014, 11:06 pm

      We just did this project as well. I’ve been saving it for months and finally got to it. I’m thinking probably your wax wasn’t hot enough. We painted for awhile with just melted wax, and it worked not too bad, but when we turned up the heat in our electric frying pan so the water was almost boiling, the wax got way hotter and stayed liquid on our brushes. Then when we put it on our fabric, it immediately soaked through. I ironed mine a little before putting it in the dye and that melted the wax into the fabric where it hadn’t soaked in, so mine turned out ok, but I’m afraid my kids’ might be all black. Too bad after all the work they went to. Oh well. We said it was an experiment, and I’m so enthused about it, we’re gonna do more! And, in the end after ironing mine I ended up boiling it for a few minutes and the color really showed up then. Wow! Maybe made the black a little fainter, but it’s pretty cute, I think.
      Thanks for the inspiration Suzy!

  • Michelle R. April 24, 2014, 11:00 am

    Oh I am SO IN LOVE with this activity!!! I found your site via a link on a blog and am SO happy I did. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for an art piece above my fireplace and I’ll be doing something using this technique. THANK YOU!!! (From the bottom of my heart!!!) ~Michelle

    • Susan Myers April 29, 2014, 2:02 pm

      Oh wow. I would love to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a neat idea!

  • Tina Peterson March 6, 2014, 8:29 pm

    This is so neat! I wanted to ask – would it be possible to use wax pencils or something instead of using hot melted wax? I’m thinking there is such a thing & then I would still melt it using an iron….. I would be doing something similar to this with a 4 & 6 & 8 year old. I’m not worried about the 8 year old but the younger kiddos – I’m not sure if I’m comfortable having them use hot crayon wax.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • Susan Myers March 6, 2014, 9:19 pm

      Hi Tina!

      For the younger ones, I would suggest having them color directly onto the fabric, then use newspapers and an iron to melt the crayon into the fabric. Would love to see what you come up with!


      • Deb March 10, 2014, 1:13 pm

        Or you can have the younger ones use sandpaper to draw on and then place on the fabric, colored side down, and then iron. The rough surface of the sandpaper holds more of the crayon than regular paper. Used to do this with my kids and we used a medium grade sandpaper and it worked well.

  • Danielle Benson-Fennell March 6, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Wonderful tutorial! I do traditional Batik with my high school art classes, and limit the colors. I will try this in a couple of weeks! Thank you!

  • aliza patell ratnayaka February 2, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial. I have seen the batik being boiled out with hot water. I have’nt tried it but will be giving it a go with this tutorial I think.

  • Muzzy93 July 16, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Wow I love this tutorial!

    I fear I’m being silly but is it the dying or the ironing process that sets the colour so the fabric can be washed afterwards?

    I’ve been trying to work out how to make a skirt that looks like the melted crayon art that’s been around on pinterest recently….perhaps I will try something along these lines and see what happens!

    • Susan Myers July 16, 2013, 1:58 pm

      I believe the ironing process sets the color into the fabric. When washing, I would recommend cold water only so that you do not fade the colors. Let me know if you decide to try it. I would love to see your finished project!

  • N July 11, 2013, 7:47 pm


    I LOVE this project! I’d like to try this with my friends (we get together for crafting sessions all the time!), and want to know if it’ll work on plain white t-shirts? 100% cotton.

    • Susan Myers July 14, 2013, 1:53 pm

      It should work fine on T-shirts! The fabric that I used was 100% cotton too. Would love to see your projects when they are complete!


  • Terri Pike June 20, 2013, 10:29 am

    Hi Susan,

    I know this is an old blog post, but I just found it via Pinterest. Always late to the party, me!
    Anyway, I tried it, and it turned out way better than I thought it would! Here is a link to the pics, if you’d like to see what your post inspired:

    Thanks so much for your tutorial, I really enjoyed the project!


  • Lalitha June 3, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Great idea! I would like to try this out as a summer camp project with 9 – 12 year old children but have a question – how do you get the black dye out finally? Do you have to wash it out, or does it come off when you iron it? Please let me know. Thanks.

    • Susan Myers June 9, 2013, 2:38 pm

      Hi Lalitha,

      Most of the black dye sits on top of the crayon, so when you iron it, it will come off onto the newspapers, leaving only the small lines of dye on the fabric as permanent. Remember that lots of ironing is involved. 🙂

      Hope that helps. Would love to see your finished projects!

  • Janis Cox April 16, 2013, 4:38 pm

    That was a very interesting tutorial. I do watercolour batik on batik rice paper and really like working with it. You can find some of my paintings here
    I would love to try this on fabric. I wonder if I used my watercolour paints, and then the wax – would the wax protect the fabric or would it melt off? I assume that your batik pillow cushions are not washable?

    Blesssings and great to meet you. Found you on PInterest.

    • Susan Myers April 23, 2013, 10:35 pm

      Love the turtle! You do amazing work!! In fact, I would love to feature you sometime!

      I’m not sure how watercolor and fabric might work together. You may have to experiment. The pillows that I made are definitely washable, but cold water wash is best otherwise the colors fade.

      Let me know if you decide to experiment!

      • Janis Cox May 7, 2013, 6:51 pm

        Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. Now that I think about it I am sure I would have to use fabric paints to do batik on fabric.
        But I will continue batik on the rice paper.

  • Jennifer February 5, 2013, 12:42 pm

    I watched a batiker work at a show once and she had her muffin tins in an electric skillet on a low heat to keep thing liquid

  • Marilyn December 26, 2012, 11:08 pm

    The batik looks wonderful! I’ve been on a quilting and fabric hiatus for the oh…last eight years or so but just.bought more fabric today!!!
    I know there are crayons that are intended for fabrics wondering bout giving those a try-also to get wax outta the tins just try putting it in the freezer!
    Will have to try your methods!thanks

    • Suzy December 27, 2012, 9:46 am

      Hi Marilyn!

      Thanks for the freezer tip! I am planning on revisiting this project in the near future. I purchased a deep griddle that I can add water to, use as a double boiler, and keep my tin of crayons melted while I work.

      Let me know if you decide to try it, and be sure to send me a picture! I’d love to see it!

  • Trish October 17, 2012, 7:06 pm

    In school our tins were kept warm in an electric skillet, with a 1/2 inch of water…not good for little children, but fine for the older & the “grown ups” 🙂 Your batik ideas are really fun!

  • April October 5, 2012, 9:03 pm

    I wonder if after you melted the crayons in the muffin tin, couldn’t you keep it warm or melted on a heating pad set on the hottest setting? Just an idea. Thanks for sharing. Really great idea.

  • magsanna October 4, 2012, 6:48 am

    Just saw your batik fabric on Pinterest. These are so beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!

  • Jackie September 10, 2012, 8:59 pm

    I love these batiks. The finished effect is fantastic. On the subject of the crayons, however, I recently repinned someone’s tutorial (sorry – can’t remember their name!) on melting smashed up crayons in SILICONE muffin moulds. With this method, the silicone has 2 really good advantages: it can withstand really high temperatures, and is also bendy – so it’s really easy to get the wax out once it’s set. (The original idea was to make your own heart-shaped ‘rainbow’ crayons, as a heart-shaped muffin mould was used with different coloured crayon pieces put into each individual mould. I did wonder if you could turn them into candles, too, if you put a wick in the bottom. I intend to try this, too!)

  • Eric September 5, 2012, 12:23 am

    This is just awesome.. Making batik fabric from crayons.. Creative idea.. I would love to try that.. thanks for sharing this awesome informations

  • Eric September 5, 2012, 12:13 am

    What a creative idea about making batik craft for kids.. It’s just beautiful. Thanks for sharing..

  • Sharon August 5, 2012, 9:11 am

    Holy Crayola .. I love this, I am an artist, this is a new “medium” I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for “teaching”. iliil

  • lauradodson August 3, 2012, 5:58 pm

    holymoly. this is awesome! I am going to do this with my MS and HS art classes this year! FULLY AWESOME. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Suzy August 4, 2012, 9:49 am

      Hi Laura!

      I’d love to see photos when you do! I bet you will get some awesome art. Regarding melting the crayons, I have since discovered that it is much easier to use a deep griddle, large enough to fit your muffin tin in. Simply add water to the griddle creating a double boiler, and float your muffin tin. Keep the water at a simmer and the crayons will melt quickly and stay melted while you work with them.

      Let me know how it goes!


  • Amy @ Heriyage Homemaker July 21, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Love, love this! On my “gotta make” list!

  • Priti July 21, 2012, 4:50 am

    WOW, I really enjoyed reading your post, this is something pretty cool and I will surely try it out. Thanks for sharing such an interesting idea.
    xoxo 🙂

  • Angela July 9, 2012, 1:36 pm

    These are just amazing! Can’t wait to try this batik technique. Really appreciate your honesty as you went thru the steps!

  • Barbara Meek July 2, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Wow. I love your batik and will try this with my groups. Thanks 🙂

  • Ang June 29, 2012, 2:58 pm

    I did this in my highschool art class and it was a blast. I was trying to remember the process and you captured it just the way I remember. The only note I would add is that we used one of those plug in double burner units and put a metal rectular cake pan with water on top and then put the muffin tin on top of that with the little cup parts down in the water to heat to the wax. This way it stays hot while you work. I know it could be impractical to to buy this if you are just doing one project, but it might work on some stove tops too if you can work close to the stove.

  • Alex June 22, 2012, 12:27 am

    I have the same question as Kathleen; do you need the cold water dye? Don’t the crayons provide the dye when you remove the wax from them?

    • Suzy June 23, 2012, 8:57 am

      Hi Alex!

      The cold water dye is to create the fine black lines that make it look batik. Yes, the crayons dye the fabric and that is what creates the bright colors. I have had a couple readers use crayons only and had great results, but theirs did not have the crackle effect. It is all in what you want it to look like. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  • Anna May 22, 2012, 8:59 pm

    where did you find the spray cold water fabrik dye? i live in canada, and cannot find a dye in my town. what brand did you use and can i order it online?
    thanks, Anna

  • Laura Harrington March 31, 2012, 9:21 am

    I did this in high school and used an electric skillet with water in it and mason jars. In fact I still have mason jars full of dried wax in my art box. But it keeps the wax all melted and allows for easy peasy cleanup. Try it!

  • Handful March 8, 2012, 3:18 pm

    This is so cool! I really want to try this.

  • Kelly March 5, 2012, 5:26 am

    What about using a griddle to keep the crayon paint warm?

    • Suzy March 5, 2012, 12:03 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      I’m about to try this project again and using a griddle is on my list. Thanks!


      • Hillary April 4, 2012, 9:23 am

        I did use the electric skillet and it worked out well. I lined the muffin tins with aluminum cupcake liners. I think the best temp to keep the wax melted was about 250. This thing looked so terrible when I was working on it that I really had my doubts. (I am not a talented artist…) They turned out really nicely. My daughter used yellow and orange for an elephant and it looked more vibrant and lovely than the one I made. I made a green octopus in a blue ocean and it turned out well, but I would choose more bright/contrasting colors in the future.

    • Shauna July 9, 2012, 4:53 pm

      That’s what I use for such projects- a griddle. I actually found one for less than $20. at the grocery store! I’ve never done this batik project though. It’s beautiful! I’m color crazy so this caught my eye immediately! Thanks so much for sharing it. I’m happy to have found your wonderful blog! I feel like I found a treasure chest!

  • Michelle Didbin February 2, 2012, 4:45 pm

    My daughter (age 9) and I just had a go at this tutorial. Fantastic.

    Looking good so far… just got to break out the newspaper.

  • tamy January 17, 2012, 9:56 am

    I’m impressed. I was just going to add an idea. If using the muffin tin, set it down inside a 13×9 baking pan with water in the bottom before heating. It will take longer to heat in the beginning but the it will stay hot and melted longer.

  • michele prior January 15, 2012, 12:20 pm

    WOW!!!! Do you think this would work on sheers? I have a bay window that the sun shines through, and do not want to completely block the sun.


    • Chris May 11, 2012, 11:00 am

      If your sheer curtains are a natural (like cotton) material, it should work. Polyester doesn’t dye well, so I don’t think it will.

  • Lynda December 21, 2011, 8:25 am

    Absolutely beautiful!! I’ve gotta try this. Thanks for the tut.

  • Belinda December 15, 2011, 2:29 pm

    This is just wonderful. I just found your blog and am amazed at all the great ideas and tutorials! Do you think watered down paint would work as well as the dye?

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist October 19, 2011, 7:01 pm

    I absolutely LOOOOVE this project, Suzy (just like I love all your projects)! It turned out so well and you've inspired me to make one of my own! I also wanted to tell you that I featured you over at my blog here. Please feel free to grab a featured button if you want!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  • Textile Art Showcase August 27, 2011, 4:12 pm

    These are so bright and colourful and look really effective. I can't wait to have a go. Thanks for sharing your instructions.

  • Suzy Myers August 25, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Hi Mooshoo,

    Yes you can, but be sure to use cold water. Hot water will fade the bright colors.


  • mooshoo August 25, 2011, 7:47 pm

    this looks like fun!!
    my only question:

    can you wash the material after this in a regular cycle?

  • Danee August 11, 2011, 3:15 pm

    I love these.

  • Ani July 27, 2011, 11:38 am

    I am featuring you and your wonderful crayon idea on my blog today! Feel free to check it out!

    Thanks for such a great idea!

  • Kathleen July 25, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Your pillows turned out beautifully. I am wondering if you have to use the black dye or can you just iron out the wax? I have a project in mind and I might give your technique a try.

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  • MamaMay May 29, 2011, 11:49 pm

    Super Awesome! Love the post!

  • Anonymous May 27, 2011, 3:43 pm

    If you happen to have an old hot plate or warming tray you can set your muffin tin on it and the wax will stay melted.

    • Anonymous September 30, 2012, 3:15 pm

      you can also use a heating pad

  • Poddle May 6, 2011, 10:17 pm

    I finally got a chance to give it a go. The end result can be seen here if you're interested:
    Thanks again!

  • Poddle April 23, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Oh wow. I've done various versions of batik before but as another lover of bold colours, this takes the biscuit. I can't wait to try it!

  • Roseanna April 16, 2011, 2:05 am

    Your batik is beautiful, I just love it…I must bust out those old broken crayons. I have a suggestion for keeping them at the right melted temperature. I would use my electric frying pan. I often use it as a double boiler this way. Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom to protect it, and add about an inch of water. Place your muffin pan or aluminum foil cups in the water. It is easy to keep it at the right temp. thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

  • Cranberry Morning April 13, 2011, 2:53 pm

    This is gorgeous! Love this work. Thanks for posting it.

  • Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma April 13, 2011, 2:23 pm


    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice! Hope to see you back this week!

  • Krafty Kat April 12, 2011, 1:08 am

    This is very creative! I like the city scene you made. Thanks for sharing this week! Sharing this idea on Twitter!

  • Rhinestone Beagle April 11, 2011, 6:52 pm

    Super cute! Thanks so much for linkin up. Can't wait to see what you have for next week.

  • Anonymous April 11, 2011, 5:39 am

    I have always loved batik and now you have made it accessable to me in this great project, I just can hardly wait to get to the dollor store tomorrow to get some crayons! Thanks so much for a great idea, This is my first time here and I'm looking forward to seeing much more from you, I'll be stopping by regularly now! Louella

  • AllieMakes! April 11, 2011, 1:00 am

    Wow! You are a feerless crafter! These are FANTASTIC! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  • Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence April 10, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Wow, what amazing results–love them! Thanks so much for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  • Sachiko April 10, 2011, 2:47 pm

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • Apple Scrapper April 10, 2011, 1:04 pm

    I love how this looks and I don't even generally like batik prints 🙂 I wonder if you could do this on top of a griddle like they do here with paper then you could just draw with the crayons and you wouldn't have to keep melting them or need paint brushes.

  • Michelle April 9, 2011, 1:32 pm

    saw this on life in the micro! love it. I'm going to follow you now. Have a great weekend!

  • Bobbie April 8, 2011, 2:11 pm

    Holy cow! That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! I am featuring it over on my blog at today. I hope you don't mind!

  • Craftberry Bush April 8, 2011, 3:28 am

    Oh Suzy these are so beautiful…I remember making these with my art students ! thanks for sharing ! xo

  • Christina April 8, 2011, 1:17 am

    you come up with some really fun ideas!! Great!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  • Kristi April 8, 2011, 12:41 am

    This is so awesome, Suzy! I featured this, this week. Thanks for linking it up! I can't wait to try it with Han.

  • mommyof2tuties April 7, 2011, 7:43 pm

    Super cute nope not cute…BEAUTIFUL!! I was wondering if u could use a plug-in skillet (not the techniqical term sorry), to help keep ur crayons to stay warm while u paint?

  • Courtenay April 7, 2011, 6:55 pm

    They are so beautiful! The best way I've found to work with wax safely and keep it warm is to put small pyrex custard cups in an electric skillet, pour in boiling water and turn on the skillet to top heat to melt the wax, then turn down to keep the wax warm, just be sure to keep the water level up.

  • by night April 7, 2011, 12:07 pm

    beautiful! thank you for this fabulous idea!

  • Melissa April 7, 2011, 5:23 am

    That is really fun! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All!


  • Suzy D. April 7, 2011, 2:34 am

    Beautiful, I've done regular batik with less vivid results. I'd love to try this.

  • Aimee April 7, 2011, 12:32 am

    I knew there was a reason I saved all my children's crayons. They had to be good for something other than coloring books. I love the deep color the crayons leave. The black dye really bumps the color and sophistication up.

  • momma rae April 7, 2011, 12:01 am

    stunning!! i am love with the look of this fabric. we have two extra boxes of crayolas sitting on top of our fridge…..

  • Julie Bagamary April 6, 2011, 11:13 pm

    These are gorgeous. Batiks are my favorite too!

  • Suzy April 6, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Hi Annie,

    Actually someone earlier suggested candle melting plates which would probably work better to keep them melted while painting.

    As for the oven, I supervised mine carefully and found that it only took about 3 minutes or so to melt the crayons.


    • Anonymous February 23, 2013, 1:58 am

      I first made this project in my high school art class. I’ve made many since and taught this technique to my own art students. We used griddles and simply placed a muffin tin on them – then put your crayons in the muffin tin cups. The griddle keeps the crayons melted while you paint – easy peasy. We used India ink for the black lines. We also used newspapers for the ironing part, but found that the ink from the paper will get on your fabric, so we kept cheap newsprint paper next to the fabric to keep our fabric clean. This project is always a big hit! Love your projects.

  • amber heagerty April 6, 2011, 5:11 pm

    This project is amazing…I'm so glad you shared it!Just my type of thing to do…

    found you via FPTFY 🙂

  • Miko's Girl April 6, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I'm your newest follower. My girls did something similar at Art lessons. I have wanted to do something similar since. Thanks for the instructions.

  • Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State April 6, 2011, 2:43 pm

    WOW! That is really neat!

    Visiting from Tea Rose Home!

  • Bitterroot Mama April 6, 2011, 2:19 pm

    That is beautiful! Here from WFMW. It makes me want to make a project like this.

  • mississippi artist April 6, 2011, 1:28 pm

    These are beautiful! Art pieces for sure. Another thiing to add to my to-do list for someday.

  • KJ@letsgoflyakite April 6, 2011, 10:53 am

    This is absolutely stunning. I found you via Someday Crafts. I am going to send this link to my sister who is a Fine Arts teacher as well. HAve a great day!

  • Jenny @ Embellishing Life April 5, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Looks great! Your talent amazes me. I really think you could conquer any crafting project!

  • Suzy April 5, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Mountain rose- That is an excellent idea! I will be doing this again and I definitely will try that!


  • Mountainrose April 5, 2011, 6:51 pm

    why not get a couple of candle melting plates and either tin pans like a pot pie comes in or small glass jars to melt your crayons in? would still give you the melted wax you want.

  • Ani April 5, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Beautiful! This is like the third or fourth project you've posted that's wonderful and right up my alley. I am a new follower! I will bookmark this, because I probably won't get to it right away, but the Christmas scene sounds like lots of fun, or perhaps several seasonal pillows. :)Thanks again for another great tutorial.

  • jinxxxygirl April 5, 2011, 2:24 pm

    I just love this! I managed to go around and look at more of your tutorials and i have to tell you , you have some of the best! Very clear and easy to understand. I do wonder , at the end how do you know its time to change to another piece of newspaper??

  • Mrs. Turkey Bird April 5, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Just Gorgeous!!!

    I'm definitely going to be sharing this with all my quilting buddies. Thanks for the inspiration!

    -Mrs. Turkey:

  • Meg April 5, 2011, 3:27 am

    That's just…wow…so amazing! And beautiful! I love it so much. What a method you used! You're smart. 🙂

  • Chandeen @ Designed by Chance April 5, 2011, 3:26 am

    This is great! I love how different it is. I'm having a giveaway at my blog. So if you are interested in joining please stop by.

  • Marianne April 5, 2011, 3:24 am

    Wow, I have never seen anything like this ever before. This would be such cool artwork to have up on the walls even. Love it.
    Marianne @

  • Emily April 5, 2011, 1:47 am

    My mom is an art teacher and taught me this as a kid but I totally forgot about it! your city looks great.

  • Jill April 4, 2011, 11:09 pm

    How fabulous! They look great, and it sounds like fun to try too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • April 4, 2011, 10:45 pm

    incredibly amazing! too much work for me, plus I can't paint worth a hoot. However, I loved the tute and how fabulous your pillows turned out.

  • Saphy April 4, 2011, 9:01 pm

    I will defiantly give this a try! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Crafty Girls Workshop April 4, 2011, 8:46 pm

    How very cool! I found you on Amaze me Monday and you did amaze me! I just got back from a surface design retreat and we did all sorts of fun stuff and this is right up that alley. Thanks for sharing all the details! I think I will totally have to try this (someday).

  • mel @ the larson lingo April 4, 2011, 6:36 pm

    Wow!!! very impressive!

  • Stacey April 4, 2011, 5:59 pm

    These are A-mazing! I've had an idea running around in my head for months now making a stained glass style pillow. I was thinking of using fabric markers and fabric scraps but this looks so stunning I may have to scrap the original idea.

  • Libby & Greg April 4, 2011, 3:01 pm

    This is SUPER awesome~!!!! I am going out to get the supplies to try this today!!! I am your newest follower!! Love all your stuff!!

    Libby from

  • K. the Littlest Crafter April 4, 2011, 2:57 pm

    This is amazing!

  • Rachel at Sun Scholars April 4, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Beautiful! I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  • Patricia L April 4, 2011, 11:51 am

    This is so very cool! Found you @ CRAFT. I'm going to have to bookmark this for a summer project!

  • Karen T April 4, 2011, 4:07 am

    I remember doing a batik project in high school, but I wasn't as creative as you were. Those turned out beautifully!

  • Rahshell April 3, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I love it!! My mom used to sew with batiks when I was little I have a certain fondness for them in my own sewing 🙂

  • creativejewishmom/sara April 3, 2011, 6:33 pm

    wow, you never cease to amaze me! I've always loved batik, and love how your project came out…..gotta try it sometime myself. Thanks so very much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to have you!

  • Patti April 3, 2011, 4:50 pm

    These are great…well done!

  • Johnnie April 3, 2011, 3:39 pm

    So, I am about to begin the newspaper portion of this venture. I must say that I am not a fan of painting with melted crayons. I guess you never know till you try! I will keep you posted…

    Saved By Love Creations

  • Janice April 3, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I remember making a Batik in my high school art class and have had the urge to do it again in the last year. The mess, time and expense of the dyes and tools have been discouraging me. Your method solves all those problems!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Swati April 3, 2011, 7:19 am

    Gorgeous work! And such a neat idea – now my hands are itching to do this with my kid!

  • By the Bluegrass April 3, 2011, 3:12 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I'm bookmarking this one for sure. I just love it.

  • Suzy April 3, 2011, 12:33 am

    Little Treasures- they wash up fine. I would use a cold water wash simply to preserve the color, but as long as the wax has all been removed, it is just another piece of hand dyed fabric.


  • Kristina April 2, 2011, 10:35 pm

    This is sooo neat! I would love to tray to do this! 🙂

  • Little Treasures April 2, 2011, 10:35 pm

    This looks fantastic but I have a question. What happens when you wash them?

  • Laura April 2, 2011, 6:52 pm

    That looks incredible! I hope to give it a try someday soon.

    Laura@ ComeTogetherKids

  • Pamma April 2, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Wow, wow, wow….this is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your very funny tutorial…I was giggling all the way through, we could be twins, except your a bit more talented!


  • Jo (@ boogaloo) April 2, 2011, 5:09 pm

    Amazing, fun and playful. I love this idea! I've wanted to try batik for a while and now I know how! Thanks 🙂

  • Michelle@Somedaycrafts April 2, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Such a cool technique to learn! I am featuring this at

  • Threeundertwo April 2, 2011, 3:17 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I still have about a million old crayons from when the kids were little, and I love the look of batik! I'm going to highlight this on my Lit and Laundry facebook page. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  • emilysnan April 2, 2011, 1:34 pm

    hiya , i came visiting from catch as catch can and i am so glad i did x i am lovin this site this batik tut , is fab and i will try it out x i am also your newest follower and i will be linky up with you on thursday x oh and i ave your button too ( hope you will visit me too x

  • Megan April 2, 2011, 1:34 am

    so amazing. what a suspensful post. I wondered how you were going to get that wax out!


  • Beth@Wiccan Make Some Too April 1, 2011, 10:03 pm

    These are wickedly cool! I think they would make an awesome house warming gift for me when I get to the new (old) house in PA. I should be there by Wednesday! Let me know if you want the address so you can send them! lol This idea is so on my to do list.

  • Sarah April 1, 2011, 7:46 pm
  • Lisa Cash April 1, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Wow – this turned out great! Love the colors. I've been trying to figure out how to melt crayons through a glue gun, but can't get it to work. I never thought of using a paint brush to paint on melt wax – duh! Awesome!

  • Caleen April 1, 2011, 3:39 pm

    How fun. Such a talent. Something I have never tried. It turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Naturally Me Creations April 1, 2011, 3:03 pm

    How interesting…and cute pillows! 🙂

    Tnx for linking up this weekend!

  • Shelly April 1, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Fabulous results! Love, love, love this!

  • Lynne April 1, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Love the finished result! I don't think I would have the patience that you do. Another great project – and something I've never seen before.

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  • Johnnie April 1, 2011, 1:53 pm

    I love it!!! So cool. Bookmarking this. Genius.

    Saved By Love Creations

  • Harpa Jónsdóttir April 1, 2011, 1:44 pm

    This looks fabulous! I remember doing this with my first grade class ages ago- we used ink for the dye part I think – and it looked great. The drawing were much simpler that yours of course, but still, it was cute. Thank you for posting this, and bringing this great technique back to me.

  • Carla @ More Than Tuesdays April 1, 2011, 1:38 pm

    WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!! I would never have thought that's y how this was done! Love it! Those colors are amazing. Mmhhhhhh I gotta try this, though I don't know how much patience I'd have for ironing out the wax. I *HATE* ironing!

  • chillin with Quillin April 1, 2011, 1:05 pm

    WOW what amazing work, love it!

  • Divya N April 1, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Using crayons to do Batik is a cool idea..(ya I understand about the melting part being a headache..)…but I just love the bright colored street houses

  • Lynda April 1, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I really really really really really like this. Too bad you weren't doing all this when we were doing our craft meetings, he he he

  • angie @ the cellar door stories April 1, 2011, 12:11 pm

    now that is something i've definitely never seen! super cool!!

  • CREATIVE MIND April 1, 2011, 11:43 am

    Its super cute idea..i have done so many batik work during my Textile Designing Degree..i did batik with,different types of wax & glue,but this is this idea..
    if you would like to check my batik work,see here;