Monday, August 8, 2011

DIY Initial Crayon Frame

I saw this a lot in the spring in blogland when people were making cute teacher gifts. I kept thinking how cute this would be in a child's room. Once we decided on a name, I was super excited to get started!

Ok, so Hubby gave me a lecture because I bought cheapie crayons instead of Crayola. Am I bad mom? I was just trying to save a couple bucks!

Anyway, I started out by printing out a giant letter outline in a very light gray with his first and middle name inside. The light gray letter outline works great so you can see the shape and you'll know where to put the crayons.

I'd suggest printing one on some regular paper to use while you're setting things up and then print out a final copy on some heavier card stock to use for the finished product. In this picture, I'm using my scrap copy to lay out the crayons and figure out how long to make each one.

I used a utility knife to cut the crayons. Maybe I'm just weak, but it was hard to do! I had to enlist Hubby to help me cut so I wouldn't crack all the crayons.Once I had everything laid out on the scrap paper and all the colors were where I wanted them, I used Elmer's Glue to attach all the crayons to the card stock. Make sure to let it dry completely before moving the paper.
And here it is! I spray painted a frame in red to match his room and put the cardstock in the frame. No glass on the frame is needed since the crayons stick out too far.
And if you like his adorable little sock monkey, go here for the tutorial!


23 comments :

  1. So cute! I have a Connor too.

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  2. How cute! Thanks so much for sharing!


    I'd love to have you visit our first linky party this Thursday! It's a party specifically for kids and teenagers craft and other ideas, so your idea will be absolutely perfect! Hope you'll stop by!

    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  3. i flippin love that! of course you should save a buck and get cheapie crayons, especially for cutting them up. lol. this is great, and connor bradley will love it, too!

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  4. This looks great, but I what I really love is that monkey- it is super cute, especially the butt- what a laugh! Thanks for your lovely comment at Uber Savvy Buzzword- much appreciated. Lynda

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  5. Very unique! I like it. Perfect time of year to stock up on crayons too!

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  6. I have been admiring these crayon initials for a while now. Cute, cute, CUTE! Thanks for the tutorial. Saw you on Tip Junkie.

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  7. Great tutorial, very cute! I'd love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party :)

    http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/08/tuesday-tutorials-link-party-1.html

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  8. Awww how sweet! I love this idea. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. wow! that's brilliant idea. thanks for sharing!

    I would like to invite you for the giveaway party at http://daffysdream.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-free-giveaway.html

    daffy

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  10. Super cute! You've been keeping busy with all of the details and I can't wait to see the reveal! ;) I know it's going to be fabulous!

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  11. I've never seen this I so am going to make 2 one for Cole and one for Caden. The boys will love this!!! Thanks girlie :)

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  12. Thanks so much for linking up to "Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings!" Hope to see you back next week! You're so talented!

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  13. I've been dying to try this.....it looks awesome! New follower too...:)

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  14. love this! (also on my to do list for the kids teachers!!)

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  15. totally adorable, lisa... great idea cutting the crayons! dang this kid is going to have the cutest room ever!

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  16. That's so cute, lovely idea! Thanks Lisa for visiting & for your sweet words on my Spinach Fritters recipe :)

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  17. I think this came out great, Lisa! Great gift idea, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. It looks perfect, Lisa! I love the way this whimsical and personalized art is accompanied by the classic sock monkey.

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  19. Love this. I am definitely putting this on the list for nephew Christmas gifts.

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  20. Adorable! And it just triggers loads of ideas...

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