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Melted Crayons and All That Jazz

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Long and long ago, when Pinterest first sucked me in, I saw and thought I pinned the oh-so-popular melted crayon art. Unfortunately I either didn’t actually pin it or pinned it under some kind of filing system my brain no long subscribes to because, for the life of me, I can’t find that original pin! And of course, now there are all sorts of fancy schmancy pieces of melted crayon artwork floating around the great wide internets. So if you really want to see what I’m talking about, just Google it. Or here, I’ll make it easy for you.

Of course, I thought this would be a great activity to do with my kids and hang in the playroom. So we did it and I even took pictures of it and planned on posting about it here. That was months ago. But I still have the pictures, see, so for all you know, it could have been just yesterday.

THE PROCESS

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We started with a blank canvas and 2+ boxes of new crayons. I don’t know how many exactly, but you’re welcome to stare and the picture and count them if you’d like. It doesn’t really matter if they’re brand spankin’ new, either, since you’re going to be melting the tips away. I hot glued these onto the canvas one at a time in rainbow order.

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Next up, we spread out some newspapers (but not enough, more on that later) and propped that sucker up. Against the vanity/cabinet in the bathroom. Not what I would recommend. Vertical, yes. In front of your bathroom cabinets, no.

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Do you see what I mean about the piddly amount of newspaper coverage? Yeah, don’t do that.

And then we brought on the heat. Slowly (and might I emphasize slowly), the crayons started melting:

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We made progress. Slowly. With a bit of “cool!” and then “this is taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R!” But progress it was.

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THE RESULTS

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The finished product as it is currently displayed on the wall above some of our rain gutter shelves in the playroom. (See how nice and neatly my children keep all those books in those shelves? Not.)

WHAT I LEARNED

*It takes a long time. My children are not the most patient beings on earth, but they mostly stuck it out.

*I learned I have some control issues when it comes to crafty things with my kids. (Well…..I may have already known that.)

*If you will be doing this in a room you’d rather not have covered in little splatterings of hot colored wax, be sure to cover your area and the area around you really well with newspaper or whatnot. Really, really, well. The force of the air from the hair dryer tends to blow those little waxy beads around, especially the ones on the side. I may or may not have random pink accents now dotting a portion of the baseboards in my bathroom. On a side note, I did see a suggestion somewhere to use an embossing gun if you have one to avoid this issue.

THE VERDICT

*I like it! It was fun. The kids liked it. I really love some of the more creative ones out there with dancers and umbrellas and such, but the chances of me making another one are slim to none. Not zero, mind you, but slim nonetheless.

Halloween Sneak Peek Numero Dos*

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*or Why My Kitchen Floor Is Covered in Hot Glue Strings

Last week I gave you a little glimpse into the Halloween preparations going on at our house. This week, I have another one for you! Yay! You can’t contain your excitement, right?!

Without further ado, here it is:

Know what we’re going as yet? A little extra clue: The person wearing this fabulous item was a bit disappointed when she found out she didn’t get to wear just a leotard. For some reason her mother thought that would not be appropriate considering her age and the guaranteed Halloween weather round these here parts. And the fact that really, no one should just walk around in a leotard. Not even Beyonce. Not even her single lady friends.

Anyway…a little bit of info on this fabulous piece of work. ;) Found the skirt on clearance at Walmart for $2 – two sizes too big, but that was an easy fix. Star sequins from Michael’s for about $2. No way in the world above or below was I going to sew those suckers on, so out came the hot glue gun. If you ever embark on such a project yourself, be warned that the hot glue *might* cause the sequins to melt a bit. My strategy, after some trial and error, was to put 4-5 dots of glue down on the skirt, and then gently add the stars and then go back and push them down just a bit more. It takes a long time, very little skill, and a lot of patience. But honestly, you probably don’t want to embark on such a project, because who in their right mind would?

What are you going as for Halloween? Do you make your own costumes or wear pre-made ones?