As I am sure most of you already know, this week is Teacher Appreciation week. Brooks and Anna Kate wanted to do something special for their teachers so we started by making simple “cards”. (Usually when we make things, I give them a basic idea and just see where they take it, so saying they were cards just doesn’t do them justice since they ended up being more like books.) They wanted to give their teachers a gift, so today I brought supplies and we made beautiful pieces for each teacher.
- Canvas Board
- Elmer’s Glue
- Hair Dryer
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Spoon or Quarter
**You can get packs of 3 canvas boards at WalMart for about $5. You can also use the cheapest option of crayons available or old ones if you’d like.**
- 1. Decide what you want your canvas to say. We chose the first letter of each teacher’s name. (You could do pretty much anything you want as long as it’s not too small) Once you have decided what you want, draw it on the canvas with Elmer’s glue. I did this step a few nights before because we have limited time to complete our projects.
- Let the glue dry completely. (It took about twelve hours.)
- Set up a work space you don’t mind getting a bit messy. Lay down paper towels and tape some on the wall. Have your kiddos change into something that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Unwrap all of your crayons and dispose of the wrappers.
- Place your canvas on the paper towels. (Be sure you have one behind it as well.) Hold a crayon about a half inch away from the canvas and hold your hair dryer as close to it as you can without touching. Turn it to its highest and hottest setting and watch the wax melt all over your canvas.
- Use your plastic spoon or coin to scrape the wax off of anywhere you had applied Elmer’s glue. It should come right off. You may have to help younger friends with this step.
- Anna Kate’s canvases didn’t have as much color around the letters, so we used one of the extra crayons to trace around it. Brooks was sure to cover every inch of his canvas with color, so he didn’t need this step.
- If you are using this piece as a gift, have the kids sign their work. Anna Kate also wrote notes to her teachers on the back as an added touch
The kids had a blast “ruining” crayons. Anna Kate blew through an entire 24 pack of crayons. Brooks had several left over. If you have lots of little pieces left over and you don’t want to throw them away, melt them all together in a cupcake tin in the oven and you’ll have brand new circular “rainbow crayons”! We spent a full three hours working on our masterpieces and they were both very proud of them when they were finished. We may try a few variations of this project throughout the summer. Have fun making some art of your own!