Thursday, August 30, 2012

Melted Crayon Lampshade DIY

Just a little DIY on the blog today...

I've been wanting to give our house more personality, make it something cool that not one else has (we've got that covered with the rust colored carpet!) So last night I turned a lamp

 The lampshade on the right is decorated in the same vinyl stickers that are all over the Bambinos walls

So I decided to do my own twist on those melted crayon canvases all over pinterest.

 I lined up my crayons in the order I wanted them. For this project, I was using only blue and brown so I went through four 64 count boxes of crayons to get the amount I needed.

 Using a hot glue gun, I glued my crayons to the lampshade. I started in the back, along the seam so that if I had a little gap in the back or my crayons weren't straight it wouldn't matter as much.

 I continued  gluing until I was finished.

don't worry about the hot glue tails
 It's a good thing I started in the back because no matter how straight I tried to lay my crayons, it wasn't enough. I had a gap.

Then I took out the hair dryer and aimed it toward the bottom half of the crayons. Keep your hair dryer on low. At first, I tried to melt them the same way I cook - with high heat - and they were splattering everywhere.

Make sure you have something under your lamp because this splatters a lot! I ended up with crayon drips all over me, the wall and our hardwood floor. The nice thing about this step is the heat also gets rid of the hot glue gun tails. Did you know blastin' 'em with a little heat gets rid of them? I learned that on Craft Wars.

Here's the finished product in the Bambinos room.
And for reference, here's how it looked before.

I don't love it.

It just doesn't go.

Maybe I would like it better if I alternated blue and brown crayons but I just don't think it goes with the feel of the rest of the room. Maybe if they were in a toddler room, but that's a ways off.

Tonight, I'm going to try another DIY I found recently on Mandi's blog. I love the texture this new DIY will create.

I'll let you know how that one goes.

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  1. I think it's unique enough to be cool. I like it. My crayon art was a total bust so I'm just impressed you managed to get the crayons relatively straight with minimal splatter. Good work!

  2. So cute, I've seen the canvas but I love it on the lampshade.

  3. I think it looks really cool!!!!!


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