October 8, 2012

Project Pinterest: Crayon Art

Melted crayon art is probably one of the first projects I saw on Pinterest that I knew I could make.  I mean it doesn't require a lot of "tools" and it's pretty much fool proof.  I've seen enough people do it successfully so I was fully confident that even I could tackle this craft.  Plus KP's bathroom has needed something on the wall since, well, since we moved in.

I debated on which one I wanted to make, using all the colors, some of the colors, make a shape, etc.  Ultimately I knew which one I'd end up making based solely on the decor already in her bathroom.  It's sort of a bug/flower/garden theme and when I saw this crayon art I knew it would be perfect.

Thankfully I was digging through some old boxes in our garage and found two brand new 48 count boxes of crayons AND  brand new 24 pack.  Jimmy had an extra canvas laying around, from his painting days and I set out to make some bathroom crayon art.

Now I think you are supposed to own a hot glue gun and hot glue the crayons to your canvas but I just used regular ole super glue and it did the trick.  I should preface this by saying I had tried another Pinterest DIY earlier the same day and it was a HUGE fail {more on that later} so I was a little nervous when I was super-gluing these down as they weren't sticking right away.  But I let it set long enough {about 20 minutes} and they were good as super stuck.

Then the only thing you need is a hair dryer.  I used mine on high heat, low air.  Basically you just flip this bad boy upside down and put the dryer as close to the crayons and just blast it with the heat.  It takes a good few minutes before they start to melt and drip but once it does start to it goes pretty fast.  I'd say it was about 15 minutes from the time I started until I had my meltings just how I wanted them.


I thought that Kendall would think that this was totally cool and fun and want to be part of every second but in reality she couldn't have cared less.  She was all...lalalala..."I brush teef!"...lalalala...."ooohhh pretty"....lalalala..."mommy what doing?"....lalalala..."I see daddy".  So yeah, if you think that this is a toddler friendly activity you'll probably be sadly mistaken like I was.  I had lots of fun doing it though and I couldn't wait to get it finished and hung on the wall.  Only thing was I didn't have any fake flowers so it had to wait.  And if you know me I don't like waiting.  When I start a project I like to finish it THAT day.

I mentioned last week that my grandma gave me tubs and tubs and tubs full of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween decor and in one of those tubs were some fake outdoor flowers and I couldn't wait to rip them apart {sorry Grams} and glue them on my art!  I had to take them apart and glue them back together to make them work just right for this project but I think it was totally worth it. I love it!  It's such a fun addition to Kendall's already fun bathroom.
The flowers may be a little big but whatever, I like it.  Jimmy does too which is awesome considering he was so kind to let me use his canvas for this project.  I was kind of kicking myself for using the brown crayons but now I think it's OK because the hardware is kind of a browny/bronze so it ties together, I think.  Kendall even helped me pick the perfect spot to hang it.

I must say this was so much fun to make that I want to make another, sadly I am running out of wall space in this house to hang something else like this.  I don't even have any tips or "I would do this differently" comments because this project just went that smoothly. Definitely give it a go if it's something you've been debating. It'd also be perfect for a playroom or nursery.  Two thumbs up in my book!

Now head on over to my girl AP's neck of the woods, here, and share some of your latest and greatest Pinspired projects!  I'll be back next week with my epic Pinterest fail.  Something you'll want to stay tuned for, for sure.

15 comments:

  1. LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this pic so much Shannon! Especially with the addition of the flowers. They just make the whole thing. I really need to give this a shot one day.

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  2. I remember seeing this on your Instagram and I loved it then too! High five chica! I fully intend to do this too with my kiddos someday :)

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  3. I love this, especially for a kids bathroom.

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  4. Ok, its like 147x cuter with the addition of the flowers and not just melty crayons. I love it! Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up!

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  5. Why are you SO CUTE?!?! Can I just call you superMom? I mean, really. Geez.

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  6. Not going to lie, these crayon art things have not caught on with me, but you may have changed my mind. This one is awesome!

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  7. This looks really cute. I have seen some crayon art "failures" so I have steered clear of them..but seeing yours makes me have renewed confidence that I can do it!!

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  8. LOVE it! :) I've done the crayon art, but never with a flower on the end! :)

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  9. I love how you actually made this a "picture"!!! So cute!

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  10. best crayon art i've seen yet!

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  11. Very cute! The flowers are a nice cute touch.

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  12. It looks so cute! Great job, mama! And your Kendall commentary during the project cracked me up! :)

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  13. So cute! Love the flowers added to it! Way to go momma!!!!!

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