Normally, broken crayons make me crazy. But normally, they collect at the bottom of my purse, melting into Lego pieces and sticking together with unidentified granola snacks to create disgusting evidence that I have a small child and don't regularly purge the junk in my bag. But today, I was cruising around Pinterest today (oh, thou newest and loveliest of Internet addictions) when I saw these bright and beautiful crayons arranged perfectly into a monogram.
To be fair, they are cut, rather precisely. But this, it seems, is the hardest part of a pretty easy project with sweet results. The instructions are here on Cheap & ChicNursery (with props to Ashley at Nesting Sticks for originating the idea), with plenty of wiggle room to customize this crayon monogram for a kindergarten teacher, to hang in your baby's nursery, or divide up the space between siblings sharing a room.
You probably have all the supplies you need, or will with a quick trip to Ikea or Target or somewhere else you can conveniently stop on the way home from pick-up. I'd encourage you to do the cutting and hot gluing yourself since both can be tricky/bloody/ruinous of granite counter tops but to get kids involved in dreaming up the special message (or even drawing it out or writing it in their very best penmanship) in the corner. While you work, you can even have kids paint the frame in bright colors to match the pretty hues of the crayons.
I'll be spending today breaking crayons -- this time with as much precision as possible. And if any other parents even think of making this for my kid's kindy teacher, we're totally going to throw down on the playground.
Have you made a cute artsy project for your child's teacher or room decor? How did it turn out?
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