We were feeling a bit nostalgic today so we thought we’d pull out an old school art project for our ever-changing frame wall. How old school? Well, we hit up the crayola crayons circa grade school and worked a little crayon/wax paper/iron magic. And it works just like it did back in the day making a fun (and free) colorful piece for our wall.
Our initial plan was to take crayon shavings and melt them on paper using a wax paper buffer. Our first road block was when Dain said he didn’t think he had a pencil sharpener in his vast art supply. I was shocked. But I racked my brain and remembered a little relic I had in a drawer thanks to my mom giving it to me a few years ago as a memento from my childhood. Yep, apparently I was a bigger fan of 90210 than I even remembered because my mom resurrected a 90210 pencil case complete with matching ruler, eraser, and pencil sharpener. We were back in business since Dain also had some old crayons and water color paper.
We settled on a few colors from our cheap-o crayon box. The 120 count would have provided a much better selection, but we were happy with yellow, red, pink, green, yellow orange, and dandelion.
After settling on our color palette, Dain put the 90210 pencil sharpener to work carefully shaving small pieces of each color.
After all of his twisting, we were left with this pretty menagerie of crayon shavings.
Dain then put a piece of wax paper on top of the crayons and ironed them. But the first attempt didn’t quite turn out as we were expecting. It looked more like a smushed blotchy mess.
So Dain went in for round two.
But this time he picked up the iron and placed it in different spots without rubbing it in. And it worked much better the second time.
It looked even better when he cut it to size and popped it into a frame for our frame wall. It’s a little more vibrant in person, but we love it.
And you sure can’t beat the price. Free art is the best kind.