Thanks to Testosterone Times Three for the original idea. Since the last day of school is Wednesday, this would be a quick and fun project to make for the teachers you know. I also posted this last week on my Rainy Tuesday Mornings blog, so sorry to those of you who check both, this will be a duplicate for you :)
I found some Shadowbox Frames at Walmart for about $8.00 each.
I had lots of crayons saved from the start of the school year (bought at .25 each) and dumped those out to use. I found that if I poked a hole in the crayon with my exacto knife, that the crayon broke cleanly
and right where I wanted it to.
I printed out a 'test' sheet on plain copy paper and then lined up my crayons the way I wanted, before gluing anything. Then I printed out my 'good' copy on a thick ivory cardstock.
I filled in my monogram letter with tacky glue and started transferring the crayons. I put tacky glue on some of the crayons directly. I didn't use a hot glue gun, because I always seem to get the "spiderweb" effect. Tacky glue also has a longer drying time, which is a benefit with this project in case you need to move a few crayons around.
I also made sure to break my crayons in long enough lengths so they covered my printed monogram.
I let them dry overnight and then put them in the frame.
I think they turned out perfect!
Hannah wrote a note to each teacher, which I laminated and put on the back of each frame.
The best part was that the teachers LOVED them!