Friday, May 14, 2010

Sandpaper Crayon Craft

Here's a little craft that my Munchkin and I enjoyed today. I found an article here on how to do crayon transfers with sandpaper and regular crayons. Our house is filled with thousands of lounging crayons bits just waiting to be crafted into something new. This was the craft for us!!
What you need:


Start by making a crayon drawing on the sandpaper and be sure to press down HARD. You want that paper covered with wax. 
Iron your fabric to get all the wrinkles out and then flip the design over. Put a piece of tinfoil that is slightly bigger than your design under it to make sure that the wax doesn't seep into the back layer of the fabric (if you're doing a shirt).  Get that iron out and iron away. Try not to put it on the "charbroil" setting (like I did).
The Munchkin made this. Too cute!!!

I worked on some butterflies. I wanted to try a Morpho (since they've been on my mind recently ).
I made a fun selection and placed them on the shirt, colored side down. Then I ironed away. Have you seen my iron?? It's awesome. Goodwill, of course. :-)

Once you've ironed the drawing, gently peel it away and let the fabric cool. To wash fabric with crayon transfers, you *can* use a washing machine on cold....but I would reccomend handwashing with cold water and setting it out to dry. Do NOT put one in your dryer. Nope, nope, nope. Bad idea. 
You can see that the Morpho didn't quite come out as well as it could have. I think it *MAY* have had to do with the fact that I used a variety of crayons....some name brand and some not. I would suggest trial and error to see which produce the best results for you. I, only the other hand, was not paying enough attention. :-) 
This is a great kiddo craft, except for the ironing. Make sure that there is an adult around to use the iron....other than that, you're good to go!!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by from MBC! I'm returning the follow :)

  2. What a fun craft! My daughter would love to make one. =D

  3. What a neat idea! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  4. So cute and creative!! Love it!! My son would love doing something like this, he loves to do crafty things with mom :)

    Thanks for stopping over to visit me :)

  5. That is such a super, super cute craft idea!! Thanks for sharing it!!

  6. That is so cool! I will have to try that sometime. Thanks so much for sharing this on Favorite Things Friday!

  7. Hi there

    FOund you through trash to treasure tuesday. I've never seen sandpaper used for transfers before! Something new to try!

    Following you now! and I'll be back to check out more of your fab ideas!


  8. What a great Do It Yourself project. You are a clever and creative gal.

    I just completed a project that took 23 years. Come take a peek.

  9. I could see this technique for art work on muslin! Your tee shirts are so cute and clever!

  10. So glad that you linked this project. I was looking at it the other day and thought it would be a fun project. Well done.

  11. AMAZING IDEA!!! I am inspired by this really really inspired!!!! THANK YOU!

  12. That looks like something I'd like to do with my
    kids thanks for sharing that ! I found you
    at somewhat simple(strut your stuff)
    If you have a moment please stop

  13. What a very fun craft.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori. Please join me next week for another great party.

  14. Thanks for a great tutorial. I will try this with my daughter soon and I've linked it to my blog. Please come and visit!

  15. What an interesting idea! I'll have to file it for the next kids' art class... Of course, I will have to try it out first...I'm thinking table runner....
    Jane (artfully graced)

  16. This is really creative. Awesome and perfect for the kids! The details of this shirt is really fantastic. Interested in coloring activity? Check out this Chasing Magic Spring Colouring Page Chasing Magic Spring Colouring Page


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