It’s DIY Friday again and this week, I sourced inspiration from the current craze, Pintrest. Since this is all most people have been talking about, I decided to conform and check out this latest obsession. Upon creating my account, I was greeted with a website of pictures. Pictures of well dressed men and women, not so well dressed men and women, cats, culinary treats, words of encouragement, rock-hard bodies (people find this aspect inspiring, it makes me want a snack), and lots and lots of DIY. So much so, that I have created an entire board dedicated to the topic. A picture of melted crayon “art”, is what I found and recreated this week. The original is posted below, along with steps on my process.
You won’t need much but you will need: a blank canvas, crayons (I opted for one large box and one small so I could double up on the colors I loved), hot glue + gun, a blow dryer, and some newspaper.
Separate your crayons into color groups and discard any colors you don’t want to use. I got rid of my browns, whites, and metallics. The wrappers didn’t match.
Line up your crayons in the desired order. I stuck with the (really original) ROYGBIV order from left to right. Then hot glue the crayons to the canvas along the top. Before you move to the next step, make sure to lay newspaper on the ground/table/workspace as well as up the wall, or whatever your canvas is leaning on.
Melt the crayons! Use your blow dryer to heat the crayons well enough that they begin to drip. It didn’t take long to see a result. Don’t be afraid of a little splatter. That’s what the newspaper is for. If it splatters on your canvas, just cover it up with new wax or work with it.
Super simple and so cheerful! Happy creating!
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I am in love with DIY projects – and just about anything that has to do with crafts – so I hereby declare that all Fridays shall be dedicated to DIY’s….henceforth. Since we are right in the middle of the gift-giving season, I focused my attention on seeking out the most creative wrapping ideas I could find.
Newspaper – Recycle your weekly paper and turn it into a beautiful, little gift. See how to here.
Face Off – Not sure who came up with these expressive presents, but I’m pretty sure I love them.
Bomb It – Wrap plain, brown boxes with multiple colors of yarn to create a Yarn-bombed effect. Don’t feel like using all of that yarn? Try colorful pipe-cleaners.
Vintage – Create this vintage feel with recycled pattern paper, ribbons, felt, and buttons.
Punch It – Make your own lace with a simple hole-punch and some cardstock. The photo above shows only one size hole-punch being used, but I would used multiple.
Bring the Ouside, In – Be creative with this idea! Use raffia, pinecones, leaves, rope, cardboard, pine needles, twigs, and frayed muslin for this natural look. Make sure to wipe down any items you find in your yard.
Happy Gifting! Happy DIY! Happy Holidays!
It’s hard to imagine anything more cheerful than yarn-bombing. I’m obsessed. I admit that my new obsession may be due to the fact that I have been yarn-bombing daily at the Gap (it’s the theme for the holiday visuals), but I am obsessed nevertheless. For two weeks now I, along with an entire visual team have been wrapping boxes, hat stands, marketing, bikes and anything else we can get our hands on with brightly colored yarn. You’d think it would get monotonous, but I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t. In fact, it makes you a happier, better person all around. I’ll post pictures of the store when it is complete, but in the mean time:
I mean, come on. It is quite possible that I will bomb the heck out of our Christmas tree this year.