Yup, I did it for my kid's preschool/daycare teachers. And really, I wasn't going to post about it. They are all over blogland in various forms ranging from really cool... to really bad (c'mon... you should have just gone with the Starbucks gift card). Do you really need another crayon monogram blog post?
You do. Here's why.
This project is a pain in the ass. No really, it is. The concept is simple: Glue a bunch of crayons to some paper in the shape of a letter. The execution is the bitch. No one tells you that. This is why I felt compelled to warn you and also why there are so many bad examples out there. I mean, let's be honest. There are several out there that I'd love to post and give a big "WTF?!" to, but I'm not about to call out someone's effort in thanking a teacher. I know better. The thought really is what counts and any sort of appreciation someone wants to show a teacher is good with me.
That said... let's dive right in. Here is my list of reasons why the crayon monogram is a pain in the ass:
1. Cut crayons are messy. You will be cleaning up crayon shavings for weeks. They will smudge all over any surface you work on or near. They will be on your floors, on your tables, and stuck to your kid's shoes.
2. Hot glue melts crayons. Hot glue is the best glue in my opinion for any project. It works great on the paper part of the crayons, but melts them as you cut and the pieces get smaller. I had to switch to another glue for the small parts then find a place for this sucker to dry without my kids touching it.
3. It takes a lot of planning. I used 6, 24 piece boxes of crayons for 2 monograms. I wanted it to look like one giant crayon running horizontally across my letters. Lots of cutting, lots of planning. (Tip: ditch the black, grey, white, peach, and brown crayons for the gradient look)
4. You must work and glue on one piece of paper, then cut your letter from that paper and transfer it to another without smudging or marking on the new paper. Did that make sense? It was a bit like transferring a layer cake from your baking pan to your serving dish.
I must say, the "V" was much easier than the "W". And I can imagine a "T" would be really easy.
See how I had to cut the crayons at the bottom to keep a consistent look?
There was a lot of complaining during this project, I'll admit. But when I gave it to Kaley's teacher and got a tearful thank you in return, it was worth it. They turned out pretty awesome.
Now you know the truth.