Arty Farty Party

Because most of Pennsylvania has turned Caribbean – it rained this morning, hard.  Now it’s sunny, hot and sticky. I had warned the kids that I’d be on work calls for a good 6 to 10 hours and they’d need to fend for themselves – just another Tuesday around here.  So they came to me with a unified plan of attack to occupy the morning, and because I was still half asleep, distracted and we had most of the supplies – I agreed.

They found an art project on YouTube.  See – the internet isn’t evil.

If you’re a mom (or me) you know that moment when your kid comes to you with an art project….sheer dread. The mess, the fights, the….the glitter. The horror.

But this was different. Only a few steps needed – and it was something they could really do on their own.  Here’s what the finished product looks like:

Here’s what you need: a plain white canvas, a glue gun (or two if you don’t want fights) and a box of crayons (or two…you know why). You’ll also need a hair dryer.

Cover your work area with newspapers or garbage bags.  I tried to cover the kids with garbage bags too but they wouldn’t let me.

Line up all the crayons on the canvas in whatever pattern you like – we went with rainbow order. Hot glue gun them into place. This is the point where my boy decided he’d had enough and left all the heavy lifting to his sister.

Once all the crayons are glued on – stand the canvas up,  zap with the hair dryer and watch the Jackson Pollackesque magic.

Look at that beauty. I always knew my kids were special.

Once you have the hang of it – you can crazy – look at the possibilities!  I see a Christmas card in here somewhere.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melissa.scholes.young
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 08:01:52

    I’d totally hang that on my wall! Love it! Is it a failure of my mothering that I don’t own a glue gun?


  2. squirrel circus
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 08:12:01

    This is the 2nd time I’ve seen this idea this week. Very cool. I think your kids’ effort turned out fantastic!!


  3. Jim Neumar
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 13:07:44

    I feel cheated I did not see a picture of the finished masterpiece! But you are a brave soul to allow hair dryer glue& colored wax sticks together


  4. Jim Neumar
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 13:09:00

    OK Now I see pic’s! My Bad!


  5. chaoticscribbles
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 16:14:40

    OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE. I may very well have to go buy myself some crayons. 😀 Need something for me wall ;P


  6. coffeepoweredmom
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 09:25:29

    This is amazing! I think my kidlets are too young for this one (like h3ll I’m letting them use a glue gun) but it is beautiful!


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  8. Deni Lyn
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 08:58:26

    I love this! I linked it to a Blog entry I posted this morning. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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