I love it. I love scanning items of those that I follow, looking more indepth into categories that peak my interest, and pinning a variety of things I see as I surf the web. Follow me if you want to see all the crap I pin:
As awesome as the idea of this virtual pin board is, I am pretty awesome at pinning a million different things with the best of intentions – but then never getting around to actually completing any of the projects, ideas, or recipes.
This falls particularly true for things I have pinned on my teaching board. I just tell myself I am saving it for summer. (I will let you know how that works out next fall. I am betting that I will have accomplished… nothing.)
But – this all changed a bit this week. Since I am on vacation and I have my last paper to write to keep my certification current, I found it absolutely necessary to procrastinate in every way possible.
Enter: Pinterest Boards.
Clearly, I could do one of the projects that I’ve been eying in order to avoid doing those responsible things that I have on my to do list. (I ensure you that this paper will STILL be on my to-do list.. in it’s entirety.. at the end of April Vacation. How’s that for confidence in myself?!)
Well.. isn’t this idea just freakin’ cute! I bought myself a bulk pack of mini canvases at Michael’s and picked up a 64 pack of crayola crayons at Walmart.
I printed out an L, O, V, and an E from my computer, grabbed some candles and a lighter… and was ready to get to work!
Originally, I had traced the letters onto the canvases and removed the tracers. I quickly learned that I would need to keep the letters taped down throughout the dripping process because the crayon wax can get super melty and drip uncontrollably. I would have been a sad person if I had not put the tracer back down – as evidenced by the big old drop of red right in the middle of the “L” below.
So basically – you hold a peeled crayon over a lit candle – and then dot it onto the canvas. Please note: DO NOT put the crayon in the flame. This will result in the crayon wax being half black and will be very unattractive. I know this from experience as a result of lack of patience. Just hold the crayon above the flame. It only takes a few seconds longer.
Speaking of time. This is time consuming. And tedious. It can get boring. Especially because the dots are so freakin’ small. But soon, you will see everything come together and fall in LOVE with what you did!
My favorite letter… was the one with all of the purples, of course! (It IS my wedding color, after all )
I actually loved the way this came out so much – I plan on incorporating a different type of piece using the same technique at my wedding. (SEND YOUR PURPLE CRAYONS MY WAY PLEASE!)
Speaking of shades – if you do decide to make this – get one of the big boxes of crayons so there are many different shades of each color. I averaged 7-8 shades for each letter and melted a majority of the crayon. (i.e., to the point where I could feel my skin getting super hot because it was so close to the flame!)
I am currently suffering from a pretty shitty back ache as a result of sitting at that damn table all day yesterday. JUSTIN – we need more comfortable chairs in our house!
Do you ever DO the things you pin on pinterest?
Do you enjoy arts and crafts? What is something awesome that you’ve done so I can do it the next time I need to procrastinate?