I realized today that I have so much to share on this blog, I just haven’t found the time yet. Awhile back I posted a teaser photo of a project I worked on, but never got around to posting the actual project. I’ll blame technology, but it’s really just me not having enough time to sit down and fix the technological problems. My camera got broken in the move, so I’ve been relying on my phone. It’s got a decent enough camera, but I miss a real one. Maybe this summer. Today, I finally sat down and imported all the photos from my phone onto my computer. At the same time, I also realized my goodness do I have a lot of pictures to sort through! But for today, I’ll just focus on the crayons.
I’m sure you’ve seen these all over Pinterest….
Man, that’s a tiny picture! See what I mean, about missing a real camera?
Anyway, in my effort to make this apartment into something resembling a home, I decided to make one. I’ve always loved crayons. I have more crayons than any college student should ever have, and I’m ridiculously proud of that. The first Christmas my boyfriend and I spent together, he bought me one of these…..
Yeah, I’ve got the best boyfriend ever. It’s got 150 crayons with all the cool gels and metallics and glitters and oh my goodness, it’s amazing. The problem is, it’s so gorgeous that I can’t bring myself to color with them. So it sits in my closet and I smile every time it catches my eye.
Anyway, I hope you’re not thinking I used this big beautiful tower for my project, because I didn’t. I did the sensible thing, went to Wal-Mart and purchased a box of 96 crayons and 2 11×16 canvas’. The crayons were about four dollars and I got two canvas’ for $10. Pretty good deal, if I do say so myself. I’m told 64 crayons fit perfectly on this size of canvas but I didn’t want to include the icky colors. Like black. and olive. and asparagus. No thank you. Like any reasonable person, the minute I got home I dumped all the crayons on the floor and began picking out the gross colors. No way would they get on my glorious canvas.
I was surprised that this box included some of the cool gels and glitters, but I chose not to include them. They had wonky wrappers (why do I keep saying wonky?) and I wanted mine to all be uniform. But I assure you, they were certainly used later that night. Did I mention I have no less than four coloring books on my bookshelf? My roommate thinks I’m crazy.
After taking out the colors I didn’t want, I lined up the crayons in the order that I wanted them (hello, rainbow). It really doesn’t matter what order you do, just as long as you like it. I’m a huge fan of rainbows, so rainbow it was for me.
I’m not sure what the weird black part of the photo is…..oh well.
I also had to take out some more colors, they wouldn’t all fit on the canvas. I lined them up to make sure I didn’t get to green and suddenly run out of space. This was a good idea.
Notice the carpet? I was so excited to begin that I just dumped the crayons out in the dining room (yes, my dining room has carpet. Weird, I know) and figured I would move everything later. Obviously this shows a serious logical fallacy, one that I didn’t realize until after I had already organized and lined up my crayons. At that point, I didn’t want to move everything
four feet alllll the way into the kitchen, over the linoleum. I resolved to be careful and just not get hot glue on the carpet. I’m sure you’re now thinking this ends in disaster. I assure you, it did not. Yeah, I’m just as surprised as you are!
After setting up my hot glue station….
I began gluing the crayons on the canvas. I would decide before you start gluing whether or not you want the colors to show. I knew I wanted to see the names, so I made sure to glue on the opposite side of the crayon. I found the easiest way to glue was to hold the crayon in between your thumb and forefinger, so that the length of the crayon is free of any fingers, and then run a line of glue along the length of the crayon. I don’t have a picture, so hopefully that makes sense. Make sure you’re quick about placing the crayon (straight!) on the crayon. The greens got kind of crooked, so I just started placing them a bit straighter each time until the line straightened back out again. I don’t notice it anymore.
As you can see, it’s not perfect. But it’s crayons, so it’s okay! Also, I would recommend gluing the crayons with the points facing down. Obviously I did not do this. I didn’t even realize it until I was halfway done. It still melted okay, but I wonder how it would go the other way.
After everything is glued, I set it up outside on some collapsed cardboard boxes and began blow drying.
That tiny little drip took 10 minutes. Ten. Entire. Minutes. Be patient. 🙂
It was kind of cool when the crayons would be melting kind of slowly and then all of sudden go WHOOSH and it was like floodgates opening with a giant waterfall of pretty wax.
I found that holding the blow dryer parallel to the canvas helped a lot with melting quickly and preventing splatters. It works if you keep the blow dryer perpendicular, but you have to be careful when moving it around. Mine is relatively splatter free.
After about 60-70 minutes (no, I’m not kidding. Yes, I did hold a blow dryer up to crayons for 70 minutes), it was done!
As you can tell in the photograph, the red area is quite blobby. That was before I figured out the best way to melt the crayons, and I ended up with a giant blob of red wax in one area. I think it adds character. Or something 🙂
It was a really fun project and I’m so glad I finally did something off Pinterest. It cost about $10 to do one. I’m still deciding what to do with my second canvas. And the best part? When I get home from work, my living room often smells like crayons. Which is awesome!
Have you done anything off Pinterest?