Each year we always like to make something different and creative for our kids’ teachers. This year thanks to Pinterest and many different blogs that I came across, I found this adorable Crayon Monogram Art. This is a super cute Teacher gift or something to use as art in your child’s room. Print out your background with the teacher’s name, and create a monogram out of crayons, breaking them to get the right widths. Glue crayons on, pop in the frame, and you’re ready to go back to school! You can also substitute other school supplies such as colored pencils or regular #2 pencils.
First you’ll need a piece of cardstock, a template for your letter of choice, 2-3 boxes of crayons (depending on your letter and the size), a shadow box, hot glue gun, adhesive for the cardstock, a cutting board and a knife. Oh, have an old towel on hand, too.
I used my son’s writing tablet as the background for the crayons.
Before you start, go ahead and stick your crayons in the freezer. I know this sounds crazy but I fully intend on trying this the next time because I heard it helps so so much!!
Print your letter out in your favorite font. Keep in mind the size of your shadow box and make sure your letter will fit inside. A simple block/basic font is the easiest. Cut your letter out and trace it lightly on your cardstock. I even went back and erased lots of my tracing so nothing would show up in my final project.
I took my template and just eyeballed the size of the crayon pieces I would need. Cut your crayons to your desired lengths and then hot glue in place.
To cut your crayons, you’ll want to take them out of the freezer and dump them on your workspace – (I’ll be trying this next year: Run your knife under the hot water for a few moments and dry off quickly and cut your crayon.) You will only have to saw back and forth a little bit before the crayon just pops in half. You’ll get a super clean cut this way. I however, just cut each crayon with a regular knife on the cutting board and there were pieces everywhere.
Once you have all your crayons glued down, go ahead and trim your cardstock to match the backing to the shadow box. I applied adhesive to the edges and through the middle of the backing and placed my finished cardstock on top. I wanted to write the teachers name but you could print it if you wanted on your cardstock first.
Next time I’m going to hopefully find a larger frame so I can make the letters look a lot better and less jumbled!