How’d y’all do this? I’d like to make one for our little one on the way…..
Thanks in advance!
Glad you liked it!
- about 30 crayons (more = better, as some don’t break as well as others)
- hot glue/gun
- a cheap double-pane glass frame (typically used for document framing)
- scrap paper of choice
- glass/window crayons (for writing the name & doodle)
I started by getting the crayon slicing out of the way. (Estimate how tall you want your letter to be to get a feel for how many crayons you should cut, then cut a few extra on top of that.) Using a butter knife, I pressed the blade gently into the middle of the crayon and rolled it under the knife until it had a nice ridge all the way around. That helped it snap smoothly when I pressed in for the break.
Crayons aside and ready to go, I let the glue gun warm up while I sketched out the size & shape I wanted for my letter on a piece of paper. I (temporarily) taped that page beneath my (see-thru!) frame to use as my guide for crayon placement, making sure to position it leaving enough room for the name tag I’d be adding.
Then I hot-glued the crayon pieces directly to the top surface of the frame, using the sketch as a guide. (It doesn’t take much glue – and it’s not too forgiving once it hits the glass. I had to yank a couple of odd placements off, glue and all. Enter extra crayons.)
Letter done & drying, I then cut out the shape I wanted for the name tag (I lopped the edges off
of a rectangular piece of scrap paper with the frilly corner-clipper I have). Then I positioned my
tag where I wanted it between the two panes of glass (crayon design up, of course).
Then I used the window crayons (Crayola makes the ones I found at the local big box store) to add the name & doodle to the top of the glass. Fortunately, it’s easy to erase and start over if you don’t like your first (or second, or third) attempt
At first, I was a little disappointed when I couldn’t find a shadow box to do the monogram in, but I actually like what I ended up with better. It has depth and lets whatever is behind it show through.
While I liked the rainbow motif for my son’s school teacher, you could do different shades of a single color, too (with enough crayons).
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