Love Prints

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I love doing crafts with my kids. Even if it only involves getting feet and hand prints, it’s still fun! This was a quick craft, as far as actual work required. I’ve seen a few spins on this idea, most recently featuring the Ohio outline for the “O”, but I wanted to use my kids prints for this instead.

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My kids are almost too big for this craft to work. Yes, they’re only 8 and 5, but apparently feeding them Miracle Grow has side effects. My 5 year old has size 13 feet, so it’s a good thing I went big for the canvas. I used a 10×12, which was just big enough.

I painted the entire canvas red and let that dry completely. It took about a day to dry. Then came the fun part with the kids. Arthur’s hand print wasn’t too hard, one hand print and done. Chiara’s feet prints were a little harder. She has high arches, so I had to push down a little harder to get a good impression. 5 year old toes are very wiggly too, in case you didn’t know. Have an old towel on stand by too, you don’t want paint on your floors!

After the prints had dried, I used a 1″ foam brush to add the “L” and “E”. I’m really happy with how this project turned out and can’t wait to find somewhere to hang it up!

Happy crafting!

Crayon Rainstorm

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I’ve done a melted crayon craft before for my blog, but this was different enough to warrant it’s own blog, don’t you agree? The original pin was an etsy listing that is no longer available. I try to take interesting designs, or things on etsy and try to figure out how it’s done. I will be the first to say that the original picture looked much prettier than mine.

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See what I mean? I have my theories on how they did this now, you know, after I finished mine, but maybe I’ll test that theory on another blog.

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I started by finding a silhouette that I liked on the interent and printing it on plain paper. Sizing it to the size I needed it pixelated it a little bit, but I was going to trace it on cardstock anyway.

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I did figure out where on the canvas I wanted my silhouette and layered packing tape over that area, hoping to prevent crayon wax from covering it.

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I dug into our bag of crayons for the broken and worn out crayons. The ones the kids don’t use because they are too small. I peeled the labels, broke some of them into smaller pieces, and used my hot glue gun to attach them to my canvas. Hot glue may not have been the ideal choice, or I used too much. But the heat partially melted the crayons, you know, in that second before it solidifies again? Also when the last of the crayon melted away, some of the glue remained. I didn’t want to peel it off as it would leave a white spot in my “rain”.
Then it’s time to dig out your hairdryer. High heat, low speed if you can. Too much speed, or blowing power, and the crayon will fly off the canvas. When it did, I placed the crayon back on with no glue and used a lower setting on the blow dryer.

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IMPORTANT TIP: Protect your work surface! Last time I did this I used an old bedsheet, but a paper bag or trash bag works just as well. If you do get crayon of a surface, providing it’s not carpet, it’ll scrape right off, but save yourself the cleanup.

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When I was done melting my crayons, i peeled off my tape, and as you can see, some wax bled under it.

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My solution was to use some white cardstock as my clean background. If you do this, shape the top around the top of your umbrella and straight down from the edges.
Attach your silhouette to your canvas, I used hot glue again, and you’re done!
It occurred to me while I was doing this that a deeper meaning of this could be that you can survive the storms of life together, but that’s just me being all mushy!
Happy crafting you guys!

Crayon Heart Canvas

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This was an interesting pin that wasn’t so much specific instructions as a general idea of things to do with school supplies. I did fall in love with this crayon heart, so of course I had to try it! When buying the kids school supplies this year, I already had to buy four 24 packs of crayons for Arthur. I was a little peeved that he needed so many for first grade! For this craft I bought myself:
•96 pack of Crayloa crayons (I like the brand name on the wrapper, and let’s be honest, the wax is higher quality!)
•Some mini hot glue sticks for my glue gun
•One 2 pack of 12×16 canvases
All of my supplies, of course, came from Walmart.
You will also need
•Your hot glue gun
•A sheet or newspapers to cover your work surface
•A  hairdryer

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The first thing I did was to lay out my crayons in a color fan. It doesn’t have to go in order, obviously, but it will be easier if you have your chosen order laid out.

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I did have enough crayons to do both canvases with the 96 pack, that’s why the colors are different in the pictures.
I tried points in first, but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped.

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I ended up creating a stencil, to help with the heart shape, and it looked much nicer with points out.

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After all of your crayons are glued down, you will need to use hot glue for staying power. Be sure to lay a sheet or newspaper down to prevent wax buildup on your surfaces. Then you start melting with a hairdryer.
I did have the kids help, but they got bored quickly, as this is time consuming!
Prepare yourself for some monotony!

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The kids and I were quite pleased with the finished product, despite the time put in.
This one has survived since creation, but unfortunately, the other one fell victim to a dog that eats crayons. ZUKO!!
The photo included in the first picture was added much later, as this one will be a gift for my mother. I feel no guilt in posting this pre-Christmas as she specifically asked for this, after seeing my crafting pictures.
It’s a lot of fun, and I’m thinking that it wouldn’t be as time consuming with a newer hairdryer. Mine is 10 years old and doesn’t get much use.
Happy crafting all!