Okay… so I know there are hundreds, if not thousands of people out there doing crayon monograms right now, but that didn’t stop me from being inspired to make one for Bailey’s room. What a cheap and easy way to add some playful art to the space!
I pulled out an old shadowbox I had bought at a church yard sale a few months ago for only $3 (the same yard sale I bought the frame for my silhouette project and the metal basket for my flower vase project).
I hated the color of the wood, but figured a few coats of white gloss spray paint could take care of that problem. Unfortunately, I was unable to remove the glass, so I covered it with pages out of an old catalog. I propped it up on a bucket and got to painting.
The white paint turned out beautifully! Unfortunately, after removing the catalog pages, I realized that I had made a huge mistake. I forgot to paint the inside of the frame! So when looking at the nice, white shadowbox all you could see was the dark brown wood around the inside edges... not exactly what I was going for.
So I pulled out the spray paint again… this time a can of purple… and gave the inside of the frame a couple of quick coats. I made sure to cover the glass on the inside of the frame and cover the nice glossy white exterior of the frame as well so that they wouldn’t end up purple.
Once that was done I cut a piece of 10” x 10” scrapbook paper down to 8 1/2” x 11” so that it could be fed into our printer. Then I went into Microsoft Word and typed a very large B in a font that I liked (600 point Verdana font) to be used as my template for the crayons. Next I clicked on “Text Effects” and chose “Fill – White, Outline – Accent 1” so that the B would print as an outline instead of a solid letter.
I attached the B template to the shadowbox backing using double-sided tape.
Then I started cutting (make sure you use an old knife that you don’t care too much about or a utility knife!), arranging (I followed the Roy G. Biv method and chose to have them all pointing the same direction … can somebody say OCD?!?), and gluing my crayons into place.
Then I reassembled the shadowbox and ended up with this!
I know it’s too nothing original, but still… Isn’t it fun? I love the colors! I especially love the pop of purple on the inside of the frame… talk about a happy accident!