I’m always on the lookout for cute crafts for the kids’ rooms or for the nursery. I saw this DIY Crayon Initials Picture online a while ago and thought this would be a perfect end of the year teacher’s gift or quick craft for the kids. Not only is this craft low cost, it can be personalized however you want. You could make a set for all their initials, or one for just their first and last name.
How to Make DIY Crayon Initials Pictures
You’ll need the following supplies:
*a large box of new crayons ( or use old crayons- it might give it more character)
*white card stock
*sand paper or a sand block
*a shadow box picture frame
Step 1: You’ll need to make two initials; one on regular paper for practice and one on white card stock. Determine the size of the frame, before making the initial so it will fit. It’s easy to find free fonts online (try the Chunk Five Font on Picmonkey and design it there for free.) Center the initial and color it light gray or another light color so the letter will not show through when you add the crayons. Print the sheet out twice – once on regular white paper and once on white card stock. Tip: Trim the card stock sheet – the other one is just for the “practice”layout and doesn’t need to be trimmed.
Step 2: On your practice sheet, use the gray initial as a guide and start breaking and laying out the crayons. Lay the crayon down and then mark it with a pencil on the spot you want to break it. Make a slit in the crayon with an Exact-o knife. This allows it to break it easily at the desired point. Tip: Use random colors and alternate tips and ends to add interest. Sand the ends for a smooth finish if the crayons don’t break evenly.
Step 3: Once you have everything lined up to your satisfaction, 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. Make sure the crayons are straight and that you can’t see the gray letter underneath. The tacky glue takes a little bit to dry so you have a few minutes to move things around if it is not positioned correctly.
Step 5: Once all the crayons are placed on the card stock, let it dry overnight. Frame it and you have a unique gift most everyone will love!
Have you ever made crayon art pictures before? Do you have any tips?