DIY Crayon Art!

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Hey, Everyone! I’ve got a little DIY comin’ at cha on the blog today and I’m super excited about this one! This is the ever famous crayon art! This is an idea that I got off of Pinterest (my one true love, I’m a Pinterest junkie) and I just absolutely had to try it out. Before I continue though, I do just wanna apologize really quick for the sideways picture… I’m literally the most technology challenged person ever and took this picture off my iPhone. It didn’t want to turn right side up, so I didn’t force it. hahah Anyway, this defiantly isn’t something that you’re going to get done in a matter of minutes, but trust me, when you finally are done with it, I think you’ll be really pleased. Besides, you’ll feel like a little kid again making this project, it’s messy and fun! So let’s get to it!

For this DIY project, you’ll need a few things: a canvas (whatever color you prefer), a box (or several boxes) of crayons, a hot glue gun, a hair dryer, and tons of newspapers or wax paper for covering the area around you from crayon splatter! You can even wear gloves to protect your hands since some splatter might get on you and it might burn. This did happen to me, but it only burns for a second or two and never left any red marks on my skin, so you can go without gloves if you want to. They’re not 100% necessary. This is a cheap project (if you couldn’t tell by now, I’m not into expensive things haha). I purchased my black canvas for about $5 at Hobby Lobby, and I picked up a 64 count of Crayola crayons at Walmart… not sure about the price of the crayons, but I can assure you, it won’t break the bank. haha Depending on how big your canvas is, you’ll need more or less crayons, so buy accordingly. Remember, it’s always better to have too many crayons than too little!

Once you have all your supplies laid out in front of you and you’ve got your newspapers laid down and an old shirt on, you can get to work! The first thing you do is lay out your crayons and organize them on your canvas exactly how you wish to glue them down. After you’ve done that, get to gluing! If you’re doing this project with any kids, make sure to supervise and help them, as hot glue is a difficult thing to work with without burning yourself. Once you’ve glued them all down, let them set for about 10 to 15 minutes to assure that the glue will hold. When that time is up, plug in your hairdryer and start drying! This is the slow part of the process, it will take a little while, so be patient. Always make sure that you are drying DOWN since that’s the direction you want you crayon to melt. When your crayons start melting and dripping down the canvas, that’s when you’ll start seeing the splatter, so be extremely careful at that point. Make sure all pets are out of the room, I would hate for any fur babies to get unintentionally burned in the making of crayon art! Once you’ve finished melting all the crayons and all the colors have successfully dripped down the canvas creating a really fun, colorful waterfall, you’re done! Just let it sit overnight to assure everything is dry and set.

I made this for my boyfriend last year and he loved it, it now has an honorary place up on his wall and will be coming to our new apartment with us this summer! You can customize this any way you’d like by adding pictures, notes, sayings, or other little embellishments to make this 100%, perfectly yours. I hope ya’ll enjoyed this DIY blog post today and I’m excited for some of you to try it out! If you’ve done this before, let me know how it went for you! And, as always, leave a comment below if you have any questions about this, I’ll reply ASAP! Have fun and get crafting!

XOXO, Megan (:

DIY Coffee Mugs!

       

I got a little DIY on the blog for ya today… these “hello, handsome” and “good morning, gorgeous” coffee mugs!

This project was definitely more time consuming than my DIY makeup brush holders (if you haven’t checked out that post yet, you should! cute and easy!), but, since I already had sharpies, the only thing I had to actually go out and purchase were the two mugs. So, this was cheaper than the brush holders, but a little more difficult in my opinion.

The only materials you need are coffee mugs (however many you want), sharpies, and an oven and you’ve got yourself a one-way ticket to gettin’ crafty! You’ll want to do some research first to find a cute phrase or picture if you don’t have any ideas already and then pick out the colored sharpies you want to use. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and get to writing on your mugs!

Ya know, it’s funny: I naturally have good handwriting and I was a cheerleader in high school, so I had that kind of pretty writing for writing on signs and stuff, but I actually found writing and drawing on these mugs to be difficult! It’s just awkward to try to write on something that isn’t flat… haha So, my handwriting definitely came out slanted and not very good, but you get the point!

Anyway, once you’re done writing/drawing on your mugs and your oven is all preheated, go a head and stick ’em in there for about 15 to 20 minutes and, this part is very important, once the timer goes off, you can shut off the oven, BUT LEAVE YOUR MUGS IN THERE WHILE THEY COOL DOWN! For example, I did this project right before I went to bed, so I just left the mugs in the oven to cool all night and took them out in the morning. Leaving them in there to cool down will help seal the sharpie into the mug and, that way, it will never wash off or fade. (: And, I promise, you can still wash them!

This is a super cheap, relatively easy DIY project and it’s perfect for anniversaries and birthdays! I made these for my boyfriend’s birthday and also as a sort of house-warming thing for ourselves because we’re moving into our new apartment this summer… he loved them and drinks out of his almost every morning! I 100% recommend tryin’ this out, you’ll love it!

Good luck, have fun, and go get crafty! (: