Tutorial: Crayon Monogram

What you will need:
Hot Glue Gun + Glue Refills
Knife (preferably with a wavy edge)
X-Acto Knife
Stamps (rubber, foam, whichever ones you prefer!)
Fabric or Acrylic Paint (color of your choice)
Shadowbox (size of your choice)
Card stock

Let's Begin...
Start out by picking a shadowbox for your monogram project, whether it be white, black, brown, etc. You can also use a regular frame, but the project will not be enclosed by glass in that instance. I prefer the 12x12 shadowboxes that already include a canvas backing. Once the letter is finished on the card stock, you can glue it right down on the canvas, and the stamping looks great. If you use a regular frame, then find thick paper of your choice for the completed letter to be glued onto, that will suit the project and can be laid inside the frame. 

You can now print out a letter base onto card stock. Start by choosing a font that you like and make sure when you make your letter in your word processor you choose "outline" for font effects. I usually use a font size anywhere from 900-1000 for a 12x12 project. Often times, you will have to use trial & error in order to find the right font size for the frame or shadowbox you have chosen, plus everyone's preference varies, so you may want your letter to fill up your entire shadowbox, while I like mine with some room to spare.

Once you have printed your letter onto card stock, and are satisfied with the size and font, cut out the letter and lay out your crayons in the order you would like to glue them down: whether it be random, in color order, etc., so you can visualize and make changes. As you can see from the two examples below of the letter "P" and the letter "A", there is no one way to cut your crayons or place them, (especially because you can choose different fonts) that's where you can really make this project your own!

Here are some tips for cutting:
I recommend using a knife with waves, as pictured above. This knife allows you to score the crayon all the way around, then you can simply break it with your hands and it will break clean. I like to use the X-Acto Knife to clean up edges, or to help create a slant, as pictured on the letter "P". 

Once you have glued all your crayons onto the card stock letter outline, you can position it onto your shadowbox (or onto your thick paper to put in a regular frame) and glue it down with more hot glue. You can customize it further by adding a stamp, or simply leave it unstamped! Feel like you need to make a "smidge" of an adjustment here or there? It's actually very simple to gently pull a piece off and reposition it in the way you would like, and re-glue. You can customize the stamping with different stamps and acrylic (or fabric paint) of your choosing. I think the stamping adds even more of a personal touch to this already thoughtful project!

 This is a great gift idea for teachers, principals, children, etc. 

You may ask, what do you do with all those extra crayons pieces you have now? 
Put those little gems into a plastic bag and save them for a tutorial coming up on making your own recycled crayons!

Happy Crafting! Enjoy!


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