Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Melted Crayon Art

I know Teacher Appreciation was last week, but we like to give our teachers an end of the year present. I usually don’t even let my kids take the gift until the very last day of school. It’s been fun brainstorming a gift this year. There is so much inspiration everywhere! I love all of the melted crayon art that pops up all over Pinterest. We wanted to do something a little more personal, so we made personalized Melted Crayon Art.

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To make this, you need  a flat 11x17 canvas (I got them at Michael’s for something like $9.00 for a 5 pack) and a box of 64 crayons  (I got both Crayola and Cra-Z-Art – I wanted to see the difference).

First, line up your crayons how you want them to be on the canvas. I was going for a rainbow color blocking look.
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After they are all lined up, get your glue gun ready!
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I tried to put enough hot glue on the canvas to glue down 6 or 7 at a time. Pretty easy!
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I was surprised at the difference in color range between Cra-Z-Art and Crayola. I think overall they are both good crayons, but I didn’t realize the colors were so different.
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After they are all glued on, you need to melt the crayon. I’ve heard that you can do this with a blow dryer.  I happen to own a heat gun which gets way hotter than a blow dryer, so I used that. I love my heat gun! I found it at Harbor Freight for around $10 and it’s been worth every penny. There are so many uses (melting the end of ribbon so it won’t fray, shrink wrapping, melting crayon).
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The heat gun melts it so fast. It took my less than 10 minutes to melt all of the crayons. I love the pretty crayon pool at the bottom.
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After the crayon cooled off and hardened, I added each of the teacher’s names in vinyl on top of the crayon.
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The difference in the crayon brands went way beyond color. The Crayola melted a little bit slower and thickened up sooner resulting in a more uniform look. The Cra-Z-Art has a more runny look but the colors are more vibrant.  I really love them both!
Personalized  Melted Crayon Art
Personalized Melted Crayon Art

These were so easy (and inexpensive) to make. I think both of my kid’s teachers will love them!



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43 comments:

  1. Those look so awesome! I've seen a few of those crayon melting crafts, but this is by far the best use for them. You are so on the ball. I haven't even thought about end of the year gifts yet. Love it!

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  2. ooo I've been wanting to try this since I saw it on Pinterest! Love how you added the names... great idea :)

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  3. Very cool! I've been wanting to try this :)

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  4. So cool! Love how you stenciled the names!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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    1. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

      Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  5. These both look great, interesting to see the difference between both sets of crayons, never thought about it before!

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  6. So cute! Great teacher's present.

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  7. THIS is so neat!!

    thanks for stopping by my blog - I will be following you as well!

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  8. Cute! As a teacher I prefer these kinds of gifts to, say, 25 bottles of lotion :)

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  9. That is such a great idea!!! I bet that any teacher would love that!!

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  10. Hi Shatzi! Stopping by from THe DIY Dreamer link party. Your canvases turned out great! I'm sure that Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Dawson will love them!
    Greetings from Spain

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  11. Thanks for linking up! I have seen this on pinterest and it is awesome you did it! Thanks for linking up today.

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  12. Hi Shatzi! Thanks so much for sharing this and following me on GFC! I use to teach actually and would've loved this as a gift! Such a great idea!

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  13. Super cute teacher's gift! Yours turned out so good! Looks like it was a lot of fun to make them. Visiting you from Crafty Texas Girls, and am happy to be now following. :-) Have a wonderful night!
    Sharla

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  14. My kiddos are dying to do this for a summer craft - I LOVE the vinyl!

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  15. These are really cool! My sister in law made one for an art project in high school, and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

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  16. This is such a fun project to do, and I love how you've personalized it!

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  17. I love this! I have been wanting to try this craft. Love how you personalized it!

    I'd love it if you'd link up with me at Off the Hook!
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/off-hook-2.html

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  18. Those are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Grits & Giggles!

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  19. Great idea to put their names on with vinyl! LOVE it!

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  20. Such a fun and timely application for this crafty technique. Thanks for sharing it on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    pam

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  21. Ohhhh this is sooo cute!!!! Love the crayon idea, and love how colorful it is!!!!

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  22. I love this! I'm thinking an artsy father's day gift... :)

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  23. This is so cool.. I have been wanting to try this for a while now, it looks like a fun project. :) Can also be an awesome gift for Dad.

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  24. Love your version. The look amazing!

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  25. You win the "coolest teacher gift" award from me! This turned out awesome!

    Thanks for sharing!
    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  26. Love adding the name. May have to try this with the kids this summer for their rooms.

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  27. This is amazing!! What an incredible gift! thank you for linking up to Uncommon! featuring this on our FB page today! ;)

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  28. Love this! What a great idea for a teacher gift. My best friend {who is a teacher} would love this. Thanks for linking up to our party.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    {Hugs}

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  29. This is a great idea for a teacher gift. I can really notice the difference between the two brands of crayons, but they both turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

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  30. Love this! Great teacher gift. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day :)
    Michelle

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  31. I love this - so much that I intend to make one for my classroom next year . Thank you so much !
    Pat E.

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  32. cool gift!!! now your newest follower!!

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  33. Do you think if you put the vinyl on before you melted it would have worked to peel it off and show the white or would it have cracked the crayon?

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  34. Love these! I am a teacher and woukd be ecstatic to get one of these! Just a quick question-what size letters did you use?

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  35. Super cool! I want to try this, but I probably will cut the paper horizontally right under the crayons, so just the wax drips show. Oh, and I like the puddle at the bottom too!

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  36. Very nice! (like crayola better) i'll do that for my teacher who is retiring!

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