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Monday, November 3, 2008

A fun project for the kiddos

(or just the kids-at-heart)

I wanted to make some cute thank-you cards for Carlos to send to everyone who gave him birthday gifts, and this is what I came up with.


card stock (I cut mine into 5.5" x 4.25" rectangles to use as postcards)
crayons (old broken ones work fine)
cheese grater
wax paper
iron and ironing board
thin hand towel or pillow case that you don't mind ruining


Finely grate the crayons. I put each color in its own little bowl for Carlos, which worked well. Sprinkle the crayon gratings lightly over the paper. Set the paper onto an ironing board or cutting board that has been lined with a junky towel or pillow case. Lay a sheet of wax paper over the top of the card stock and crayon shavings. Using the lowest setting possible on your iron, gently press over your design. (It doesn't take long at all to melt the crayons; no need to linger!) Set the card aside to cool. Once it's cool, peel off the wax paper. You may need to set the finished cards under a heavy book for a couple of hours if they curl up a little bit.

If you're planning on using these as postcards, like I did, you might want to consider gluing a separate sheet of card stock to the back side after you've finished your art project, because the wax in the crayons kind of seeps through to the back and makes the paper hard to write on.

Have fun! This has the Carlos seal of approval. :-)

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