Friday, June 11, 2010

DIY: Crayon Initials!


I saw this project online a while ago and thought "that is so cool" but never thought of doing it myself. Then as the end of school approached, I wondered what we could make for my kids' teachers. That's when I thought of the crayon initials! I came up with my own way of doing it which turned out great!

Supplies: a large box of new crayons ( I guess you could use old crayons too - might give it more character), tacky glue, white card stock, sand paper or sand block and a shadow box picture frame.


Make a document on the computer that is the same size as the frame. Put a light border around the image so you can use it as a cutting guide. Center the initial and color it light gray. You can also add the teacher's name on the computer or do it later by hand. Print the sheet out twice - once on regular white paper and once on white card stock. Trim the card stock sheet - the other one is just for the "practice"layout and doesn't need to be trimmed.



On your practice sheet (regular white paper), use the gray initial as a guide and start breaking and laying out the crayons.



I would lay the crayon down and then mark it with a pencil as to where I should break it. Then I would make a slit in the crayon with an exacto knife which would allow it to break it easily at the desired point. I used random colors but you could definitely choose a certain color palette and stick with that. I alternated tips and ends as well to add interest.



I sanded the ends a little bit when they didn't break evenly.



Here is the rough layout I had when all the crayons were lined up the way I wanted.



Once you have everything roughly lined up, it's time to glue the crayons down on the trimmed card stock piece. Put some tacky glue on the initial and start transferring the crayons one at a time from the rough layout to the card stock.



This part goes pretty fast, just make sure they are straight and that you can't see the gray letter that is underneath the crayons.  The tacky glue takes a little bit to dry so you have a few minutes to move things around if you need to.



Once you have the crayons all laid out on the card stock, let it dry overnight. Frame it up the next day and you have a very unique gift that everyone will love! This would be a great gift for an artist or art teacher - or anyone that is creative!



I have 2 kids so had to make a "B" as well! This was a totally fun project. Let me know if you try it!




86 comments:

Krissy said...

That is the cutest project in the world. I definitely want to try this!

Following you from Friday Follow!! :) Hopefully you can stop by my blog and do the same! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Momsy Katsy @My Tots Exactly said...

Great idea. Lots of leftover crayons in my mom's house because my nephew and nieces just don't want to use broken ones. Now we can recycle :D

Kat
My "Tots" Exactly!

Frugal Life Project said...

Thanks guys - I followed you both!

Glory said...

Wow, this is an adorable idea! I'll have to tuck it away and try it sometime.

Pam said...

What a clever art project! Going to bookmark this one! Thanks for sharing. :) Pam @ Sallygoodin

Jane said...

That is soooo cute! I'm going to have to try that! Following from TT's FMF! :) goingjane.blogspot.com

Ian said...

That's awesome - following from the FF.

Do you do that as gifts or sell that?

Frugal Life Project said...

Ian - people keep telling me I should see these but I have only given them as gifts so far :)

Cheryl said...

Very cool & kids would have fun helping. Stopping by from TGC's New Friend Friday:)

Robyn Campbell said...

Sweet project. Nice for home-school when we start back. I found you from Friday follow. I'm a children's writer. Stop by if you get a chance. I've been on break, but I'll be blogging again Monday. =)

Alison's Book Marks said...

What a cute project!

Here from FF - come visit my book blog when you get a free moment! Looking forward to coming back and looking around your blog when I have more time!

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TidyMom said...

super cute!! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

Shonda said...

Too cute! I want to be creative! New follower! Come follow me at www.milknhoneylearnandgrow.blogspot.com. Thanks!

jennwa said...

Love that project .

Mia said...

As a former teacher, I would LOVE this gift!! My husband is a Principal, so I just found his father's day present!

Frugal Life Project said...

Thanks everyone - I really appreciate it!
Mia - send me a link to the photo when you are done with your husband's present. I would love to see it!

Flufferwuffer said...

Wow, I love this project! I will have to keep this in mind for Christmas. It will be great for my niece and nephew! Following from Social Parade!

Cheap Geeks Anonymous

Frugal Life Project said...

fluffwriter -these would make excellent christmas presents!

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

I am redoing my sons (ages 4 and 7) room and am trying to steer away from a character theme and do some fun bright colored art and then just add a few super hero posters. This is a PERFECT project !! Thanks for sharing. Found you thru Follow me Friday stop by my blog if you get the chance !

Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

What a GREAT teacher gift! Great idea! I can't wait to make one of these; thanks so much for sharing! :)

Coupon Clippin' Daddy said...

Awesome idea!

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Have a GREAT weekend!

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brandi @ tales of a domestic goddess said...

L.O.V.E. IT!!

What a cute idea!

Laura said...

Wow that is an awesome idea. They look perfect.

Laura @ alomg for the ride

Carolyn said...

I love this idea! I am a new follower from FFF. When you get a chance please check out my blog at http://acuppycakelife.blogspot.com. I hope you have a great weekend!

Mama Hen said...

Hopping by for the Friday blog hop! That is pretty neat! You have a new follower! Come visit me at Mama's Little Chick! Have a great day!

Mama Hen
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Frugal Life Project said...

Thanks! I'm following you guys!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Oh my goodness! That is adorable! I can't wait for my little guy to be in school so I can make these for his teachers! So cute!

:) Erin

Missy said...

Oh goodness! How clever! THanks for sharing such a fun and fabulous idea!

Kyla U. said...

This is ABSOLUTELY adorable. I am a first grade teacher and want to make one for myself, or my son, or for my scrapbooking room. . . I could go crazy! I LOVE crayons and this idea has got me very excited!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

What a great idea! My sister-in-law is a teacher, and I just know she would love it!

shannon i olson said...

what a fun idea!!! cant wait to pass this along!

care-in said...

I'm so glad you posted this tutorial...I tried it after seeing a project online and got frustrated.

Helen said...

`that is just brilliant... i love it.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is just adorable! I'm loving the 3D aspect of it especially because you've used the real deal product. Very cool. I've shown you off on the sidebar this SNS weekend. :)

Donna

Melissa said...

I love it!! This is definitely going in my "Must Make" file! :)

That's Beeutiful said...

Oh my gosh so cute! Love this!

Torch Lake Prep said...

What size paper?? 8 1/2 x 11? Want to make this for my kids' teachers-thanks for sharing

Carol said...

Hi Torch Lake Prep. I used letter size paper (8 1/2 x 11) to print on. My actual frame size was 5x6 so I had to cut it out of the larger sheet. Buy your frame first so you know what size to make the document. Any size will work! I hope you show me a photo when you are done with the project - would love to see it :)

Craftify It! said...

I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing! I'm going to do 3 frames that say ABC for my preschool room! Wouldn't that be cute!?

THANKS!

Carol said...

Craftify It - That will look SUPER cute!

Laineypoz said...

This is such a cute project! I'll be trying it very soon.

Claire said...

cool! Found you via Craft(craftzine.com)

claire

Fancy McSnazzy said...

omg! this is awesome. i want to do this with my students! we have so many old crayons lying around the art room! they would love this and could give them as gifts for mom's or dad's day!

Carol said...

Claire - glad you stopped by!
Fancy - your students will love will love making these!

Jana said...

Just adorable! Lucky teachers.
Jana

snarflemarfle said...

This is absolutely adorable! I'm thinking this will be next year's teacher gift!!

Shellie said...

This is great. I'm going to make one for my classroom. I can't wait to try it!!

Bethany said...

I just LOVE this project! So bright and colorful and so easy, the kids can do it!

valerie said...

just linked to this post

Elisa said...

I saw your tutorial on CRAFT. These would be amazing in a child's room - so cute! I've Facebooked the link on my shop's page. Thanks for sharing!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brady-TX/E-Fran-Designs-Handmade-Handbags-Totes-and-Treasures/86700173061?ref=ts

Carol said...

Thanks for all the great comments. I'm checking out your blogs right now!

Its A Blog Party said...

This is very cute and creative!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Colombo said...

Nice! With enough time a teacher could put the whole alphabet up over the blackboard...

Anonymous said...

You never cease to immaze me with your talents, what a great idea!! Mom & dad

baygirl32 said...

Love this idea! I will be making one for sure.

http://www.baygirl32.blogspot.com/

raisingcamelot said...

What a great project! Thanks for the how-to!

Abigail @ Raising Camelot

A glance at my world said...

Very cute idea! I have a ton of crayon pieces that would be great for this :)

Up'zie Dazie said...

This is an awesome,idea,gift,decoration, etc.....I can just go on and on! Just completed one as a birthday gift!! Totally cute! Thanks for details on constructing it:)

Jenna Caldwell said...

OK, I'm behind.... but I wanted to let you know I completely plan on using this as a gift for my brother and sister in law for their twins due in December. This is perfect for them. We find out this weekend if they are boys or girls, but this project is perfect for both! So excited!

Carol said...

Jenna - that is a great idea! These will look great in a nursery!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just in time for my grandson's birthday--and mine. We were born on the same day- he will be 9 and I will be 64 on july 7. Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial.!

Carol said...

You're welcome!

♥Happy is Yellow♥ said...

Absolutely ADORABLE!!! What a fabulous idea for a Teacher Gift! :)

Shonda said...

I featured you on my Monday Shareday: http://milknhoneylearnandgrow.blogspot.com/2010/06/monday-shareday-new.html. If you have other posts you want to share be sure to link up on Mondays. Thanks, Shonda

Jill said...

I MUST try this! Thank you so much for this amazing idea!

Janice S. said...

I did it! It was super fun. I used old crayons and had my son write the letters of the teachers name. Here is a link to some picts!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=463610&id=817200240&ref=mf

Lindsey said...

I made an "A" for my daughter's playroom. It was so easy & fun!

Carol said...

Lindsey - great!! Wish I could see it!

Crystal Bowman said...

Thanks so much for the great idea!! I made these for my son's teachers and they absolutely loved them! You can see them here...

http://lifebehindthelines.blogspot.com/2010/11/need-gift-idea-perfect-for-teachers.html

Carol said...

Great job, Crystal - they look awesome!

Danielle said...

I love this! I will definitely have to store this away for when my girls are in school!

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Sarah@everydayeasy said...

I love this!!! As a teacher, I have to say this would be an awesome gift to receive!

Charity Donovan said...

This is ADORABLE!

Molly said...

Ok, I teach middle school but I am REALLY hoping one of my students finds this blog, these are TOO cute!

Anonymous said...

No kids yet, but I love artzy stuff and think it would be fun to use the old crayon pieces laying around for a whole word of wall art.(thinking LOVE or LAUGH or FAMILY) Neat idea, now I need to try it!

pinkyblue925 said...

Very sweet! My grandchildren and I are going to make these for their preschool teachers. Thanks for the darling idea!!

Lindsay said...

Really cute! Do you know if the crayons stick long term? I don't want them falling off!

Jacki said...

I just did that for one of my best friends (for Christmas). She will be graduating with her degree in education in May!! I turned out fabulously! Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

What font and size did you use? That is the part I am having the most trouble with

Heart of Rachel said...

I love your idea! I'm sure my son's teachers will appreciate something like this. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

UGH I can't figure out how to get a print out of a 8x10 M
how did you do this?

talha said...

I like this project,creative idea for kids and their teachers.

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Waseem said...

I like the project..That's brilliant.

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Printabelle said...

Love this! I wanted to let you know that I featured you in my Teacher's Appreciation Gifts round up at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3096

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jroxdesigns said...

I loved this project and it inspired me to do my own version for my daughter's nursery. I featured the project on my blog today. I'd love for you to come by and check it out. Thanks for the great tutorial!

http://jroxdesigns.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/diy-crayon-initial-art-nursery-tuesday/#

Amber @ jRoxDesigns

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