[DIY] Personalized Crayon Wall Art
Today I have something super special to share with you! Correction: Today JON has something super special to share with you. That’s right, Jon has created his own DIY project with a tutorial AND he wrote up the post. Basically, he’s guest posting for me today!
This post is perfectly timed with Valentine’s Day just a couple of days away. If you’re still trying to figure out a last minute present, this would be an AMAZING gift (trust me, I would know ;)).
If you’re wondering how this came about, let me tell you a little backstory. As I mentioned in my DIY Date Night Cards post, we celebrated our two-year anniversary in January. Unbeknownst to either of us, we both ended up making a homemade present for the other. (I knew my love of crafting would rub off eventually, haha). For his gift, Jon made this meaningful piece of wall art with melted crayons and sentimental song lyrics.
I’ll let him tell you the rest…
With the holidays over and a new year underway, it is a great time to reflect on the previous year and all of the memories made. For Leah and I, this is especially important because we celebrated our two-year anniversary on January 3rd. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make something for Leah to memorialize our two years together. Of course, the hardest part is figuring out what to make that can truly represent an amazing relationship.
So I was driving around and listening to the radio when Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” started playing. Immediately, I started remembering 8th grade wrestling when I would listen to this song non-stop before a match. And that’s when it hit me. What better way to recall important moments and memories than through music.
Leah and I have gone to seven concerts since we’ve been together; New Found Glory twice, Train, Mumford & Sons, Chevelle, Jack’s Mannequin, and The Clarks. One of the many things I love about Leah is her taste in music and her willingness to try new types of music. This idea was perfect! But now I had to figure out what to make. Luckily, my sister Jenny is known for making pieces of art that incorporates song lyrics. I decided I would pick lyrics from the seven concerts Leah and I attended and create something with some guidance from my sister (thanks Jen). In the end, I was able to create something that truly represents our relationship.
First, you’ll need to get a picture frame for your piece. Choose something that is large enough to fit several lines of lyrics (I used a 9×13 size frame). Next, choose a background color and cut a piece of construction paper to fit inside the frame (I simply cut the yellow paper to the size of the cardboard on the back of the frame).
Now, choose some crayons that you would like to melt onto the construction paper. I used lime green, blue, red, and purple. Remove the crayon wrappers and take a pair of scissors, or anything with a sharp edge, and shave the crayons.
Then take the crayon shavings and place them on the construction paper. I decided to put all the shavings on at once but you can do it section by section if you prefer.
From here, you are going to melt the crayon shavings by placing parchment or wax paper on top of the shavings and applying an iron to melt them. Again, I chose to cover the entire picture with parchment paper but you can do it section by section.
You should be able to see the shavings melt through the parchment paper. Once you are done melting all sections remove the parchment paper. I slid the parchment paper off to create a smear effect.
Next are the lyrics. There are several ways to go about this but I found some semi-transparent paper and decided to write the lyrics by hand. My sister uses completely transparent paper and prints the lyrics on it. Either way, you’re the artist so do what you want. Once you have the lyrics, simply hot glue them to the picture.
Now all you have to do is put the picture in the frame and you’re done! Pretty simple but a great way to create an original piece of art.
[DIY] Personalized Crayon Wall Art
Created by Jon Novak with help from Jenny Rogaliner
- picture frame with cardboard backing
- construction paper, poster board, etc large enough to fit the frame
- several different color crayons
- parchment paper
- semi-transparent paper
- marker for writing
What to Do
- Cut your background paper to the size of the cardboard on the back of the frame.
- Remove the crayon wrappers and take a pair of scissors, or anything with a sharp edge, and shave the crayons.
- Artfully or randomly take the crayon shavings and place them on the background paper.
- Placing parchment paper on top of the shavings and applying an iron to melt them. You should be able to see the shavings melt through the parchment paper. Once you are done melting all sections remove the parchment paper. I slid the parchment paper off to create a smear effect.
- Write your personal message(s) on the semi-transparent paper or use completely transparent paper and prints your message(s).
- Cut the (semi)-transparent paper to size and simply glue them to the picture. I used a hot glue gun and adhered with 4 dots in the corners.
- Put the picture back in the frame and you’re done!
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