i have also become a little obsessed with crayon wall art lately. i have loved crayons and coloring ever since i was a little girl. and i especially loved when i had a fresh box of crayola crayons to color with (and even better if it was one of the zillion count boxes with so many amazing color choices!)! my slight tendency toward being a smidge type A may have also stemmed from my days of coloring... i just couldn't allow someone to color with me that couldn't stay within the lines (oh yeah, i was that little girl!)... anyhow, i pinned some groovy modern crayon wall art on my pinterest board a while back that involved using a hairdryer and melting crayons on a canvas (cool, right?? melted crayon art??) and i have been wanting to do something on my own with crayons ever since i saw that but i wasn't quite sure what. you may have read the curbly post i wrote about my love of white walls and how bright colors pop so well off of them... well, i have to say this crayon starburst just kinda proves the point don't ya think???
oh, and i found the perfect home for this one... nope, i don't believe this project is only for kids (one will be hanging in my apartment as well!) but it sure does look cute in my friend's daughter's room, with her fun butterfly wall stencils, don't ya think? and my little "client" seems pretty happy with it from the big smile on her face... so, perhaps instead of risking your life and possibly being trampled at a black friday sale this weekend, you can be productive and make one of your own? wall art for your home, your kids room, even a fun little hostess or christmas gift, the options are endless... oh and yep, you can even add a mirror to this and make it into a crayon sunburst mirror! oh yeah!
get your glue gun ready and make a quick trip to the 99 cent only store because here's how you do it:
what you need:
- 200 crayons (i used four 64 count boxes of crayons that cost me $.99 each from the 99 cent only store... crayolas were too expensive for this project and frankly, i love that these just say "crayons" on them!)
- glue gun and glue sticks
- floral craft rings (i used one that was 6" and one that was 12")
- wire and small metal washer or ring (to be used for hanging the finished piece to the wall)
- start with the larger ring and lay the first layer of crayons around it. once you have them placed around the ring, then glue each of them to the craft ring (leave a space near one of the holes in the craft ring in order to attach your wire and metal washer ring to it)
- place the next layer of crayons on top, placing each crayon in between two crayons on the layer below and also placing the end of the crayon at approximately a third of the crayons below so that the tip of the crayon stands out from the crayons below
- attach the metal ring to the back using thin wire and then glue your crayons to cover the area (i used a brass ring left over from my perforated pendant light diy)
- place the crayons around the small ring, with the second layer of crayons laying directly on top of the lower layer
- hang the large ring to the wall with the smaller ring hanging centered within it (note that i chose not to attach these prior to hanging them and i just used a simple nail to hang the smaller ring resting on it in the center of the larger piece. if you want to attach them, i suggest you do it prior to step number 4)
- ooh and ahh and do a little happy dance because you just created something super fabulous!
until next time...
the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern