By Kathleen Neafsey
It’s September! That dreaded time of year for students … and some teachers. For me, however, inspiration was everywhere this week! I was really torn; there are so many ideas floating around in my already-overcrowded head that it was hard to choose which one to do this week. On top of that, there were new ideas being borne from the old ones that are still waiting to see the light of day.
If you’ve read this column before, you know that I’m a fan of recycling and repurposing when I can. In the Fabri-Kate post from July 3, I bought some blank canvases to paint and decorate in an effort to change things up in the house, and still had some of those on hand. Combine those with a stockpile of crayons in the house that my daughters no longer use, and you have this week’s project.
TA-DAAAAAA!!!!! Super easy, and incredibly quick!
Here’s all you’ll need:
- Tacky glue
- Blow dryer
Step One: Cover your work area, melted crayons can be messy! Lay the canvas flat, and create your pattern with the crayons. Leave the paper on the crayons!
Step Two: Glue the crayons to the canvas. Let dry at least ten minutes.
Step Three: Once the glue has dried, prop the canvas so it’s standing upright. Turn your blow dryer on low, and aim it at the tip of the crayons. After 20-30 seconds, you should see them start to drip. You can keep the dryer on low, turn it to high, alternate the settings – it’s entirely up to you. Different heat settings and movements with the dryer create different effects on the canvas.
Step Four: Once you’ve achieved your desired result, let the canvas stand for a minute or two until the wax cools. Lay the canvas flat and let it dry overnight. That’s it, you’re done! In less than fifteen minutes you’ve created your very own masterpiece. This is such a simple, fun project. It’s a great one to work on with the kids; it allows them to use their imagination and show their creativity.
As always, have fun with it and let yourself shine! I’d love to see what you’ve created, so be sure to post it here with your comments.
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time.