Crayon Monograms (with Tutorial)
I found this cute project on Testosterone Times Three and knew I had to make it for my daughter's teachers. I found some Shadowbox Frames at Walmart for about $8.00 each.
The 8x8 size was perfect.
Using Microsoft Word I made a template and printed it out for each teacher. I have a Word 97 version and a Word 2007 version as well. You MUST download the files to view the large monogram and fonts correctly. Let me know if you need a different format and I'll try to see what I can do. The fonts used are Times New Roman and Lucinda Handwriting. **Update** If you do not have Word or cannot get the files to download properly, let me know and I'll typeset the teachers name and initial for you. I'll send a PDF for those of you who don't have Word. You MUST leave me a way to contact you, preferably email :)
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.