Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Something Old...

I miss crafting!  I miss doing projects!  Why am I missing them...because I haven't gotten to get to any projects lately!!!  I have been so busy that crafts have had to go by the wayside for a little bit...but they're taunting me!!!

I have this one here every time I go into my craft closet (a.k.a. the coat closet)

This is a bunch of natural and cream colored burlap (and not pictured is about 7 yards of muslin).  It wants to be a Christmas tree skirt, 5 stockings, and a lovely covering to a table lamp...not yet purchased or even found at this time.

Then when I go to my car these two pieces stare me down, begging for my attention.


This one's going to be a kitchen chalk board, magnet board, to do board...and I have all the stuff...but time is lacking!!!


And this is for Sweet Pea's room.  She's 9 now and is really into doing her hair and a little makeup (when I let her).  Since she shares a bathroom with Bubba and Hoss we have to figure out a way to get her OUT of the bathroom before the boys clobber her!!! 

In the mean time my poor, brand new, hardly been used blog is also suffering.  It wants, no NEEDS, my attention, and my crafting!!!  So what do we do?

Something OLD!!!

So let's dig out one of last year's Christmas Gift crafts I took pics of.  This was one of my favorites out of the many I did.  It was what I dubbed "The Crafty Christmas". 

This one was for my niece...Kylie (pictured over at The Concrete Cottage, my sister's blog).  Last year she spent a ton of time with my parents learning and experiencing church.  She really developed a relationship with Christ (therefore using the Fruit of the Spirit as the lettering).  Plus, she was an almost teen with a love of color, and a very large new room that needed something for the walls.  So in my quest to become Pinterest's #1 fan, I discovered the drippy crayon art and thought "KYLIE!!!". 

I picked several different canvases in 5 different sizes, bought 2 boxes of CHEAP 64 piece crayons, puffy paint, and a bunch of hot glue (had to restock the stores in my closet).  Then I got out the glue gun, xacto knife, Mod Podge, a sponge paint brush, wax paper and a hair dryer (soon changed to a heat gun).

I had to make the letters for each canvas so I went to my Microsoft Word and picked a font that would be easy to trace with the puffy paint, chose the right size for the canvases, printed them out, taped them on cardboard and then taped the wax paper over the top so I could use the puffy paint.  I traced all the words with the puffy paint then let it dry.  It takes a day or two to get fully dry...so do this ahead of time.  Once dry, use an xacto knife to slowly peel up each letter gently.  It takes some time, but you don't want them to rip so take the time to do it right!!!


I took the 128 crayons and sorted them in color order.  I took all the neutral colors out and put them to the side.  Then it was time to slice off all the wrappers.  I took the xacto knife and cut away...this really took quite a bit of time surprisingly.  I picked which word went with which canvas and put the crayons in color order on each canvas.  Oh, I forgot to mention, I cut every one of the crayons in half because I didn't need them that long, and I had a BUNCH of canvases to cover.  I used the hot glue gun to glue them along the top edge of the canvas.  Once that was done I used a hair dryer to melt the crayons.  It didn't work so well for me.  The hair dryer didn't provide quite enough heat with way too much air.  So I got out my heat gun that I have for melting embossing powder.  I was careful not to hold it too long on the crayons themselves so I didn't melt the hot glue...it was a learning process.  Oh, and don't forget to cover your work surface well.  This is a mess to do!!!  Here's what they looked like when all done...before the lettering.


Then in color order I put the words (one on the little ones and two on the larger ones) onto each canvas.  I used Mod Podge to stick the letters on, then covered the letters again with the Mod Podge.






It turned out to be a fairly easy craft...with a bit of a learning curve, and a lot of patience.  Nothing too difficult, just a bit of time...but it turned out great!!!


Until I get back in the groove...

Jennifer


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13 comments:

  1. Came over from DIY. How colorful and creative. Maybe I will be melting crayons with my heat gun - I failed at embossing! Beautiful canvases.

    Distressed donna Down Home

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  2. That was absolutely fantastic...that is something to treasure. Creative genius.

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  3. LOVING these!! 128 crayons.. WOW!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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  4. Thank you all...the encouragement is amazing!!!

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  5. I like it...such happy colors...I bet you had so much fun!
    Rene'

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  6. This is very clever--I love the bright colors you chose for this project!

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  7. I've seen this one before... at my house! She does love 'em!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage
    (a.k.a. Your Baby Sis)

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  8. How much fun is that! Love the big bold color choices!

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  9. I've been planning to make one of these. I like the words on top! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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    1. Thank you, Heidi. I linked up and am following your blog now!!!

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  10. Very neat! I haven't seen this done with the words added before. It's a great twist. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  11. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

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