Once again, I'm linking up to the wonderful Make-It Monday linky party over at 4th Grade Frolics to show you how I used all the crayon papers from the recycled crayons I made last week.
The trick to getting them peeled was to put them in water until you see them start to peel.
Then you just unroll the paper off the crayon and it comes off in one nice, neat piece.
Each time one came off clean, I laid it out flat to dry so I could use the papers in addition to the crayons.
So, for this project, all you need is glue, mod podge (could just use more glue instead), clothespins, a Sharpie marker, a paintbrush, nail file, and dry crayon papers.
If you notice, there is an obvious line between where the crayon paper was exposed and looks kind of old and where it's nice and clean. So I decided to do a set of clothespins that have the Crayola logo and a set that are blank.
Simply take a clothespin and mark on both sides to get a long, skinny rectangle a bit bigger than the clothespin.
You're ready to cut them apart!
Now, obviously the crayon paper isn't as long as the clothespin. Never fear, I have a solution!
Use the same Sharpie to color a bit of both ends to account for the short crayon paper.
Spread some glue on top.
Put the crayon paper on top and push firmly wiping away any excess glue that squishes out.
Looking at it from underneath, you'll notice a tiny bit of extra paper on each side. Don't worry, we'll take care of that next.
Take your handy dandy nail file and file gently file the very edge. Make sure you file in a downward motion away from the top of the clothespin. Try to avoid a motion that looks like playing the violin since filing in an upward motion will push up on the crayon paper and will push it off the clothespin.
Now, I found this AWESOME Mod Podge at Hobby Lobby. It's the sparkle Mod Podge. If you don't want to spend the extra cash on this. You can either paint plain ol' glue on the clothespins or you can make a Mod Podge-ish concoction by mixing equal parts glue and water. Then if you want to add some sparkle like I did, you can either add some glitter to your glue, sprinkle it on while the glue is still wet, or even just use glitter glue as your sealer. Lots of options!
Anyhoo, so I just painted my Mod Podge on top.
I'll be honest, I was a little scared when it looked goopy and white but, as I'm sure all you Mod Podge veterans know, it did end up drying clear.
After TWO coats of the Mod Podge, this is what I got:
These are the Crayola logo clothespins.
Here's a set I did by just coloring the top with colored Sharpie markers and painting over with Mod Podge (I had the markers out so I thought I would experiment a bit).
And these are my favorite. I love how sharp and clean they look! All I need to do is get my class list so I can write the kiddos names on them and they'll be ready for my Clip-it Behavior Chart!
I had so much fun making these, I'm actually considering putting a set up for sale. Maybe even a freebie? What do you guys think?