Christmas Crayon Crafts for Grandchildren. (Say that really fast five times — quite a tongue twister, eh?)
So on Thanksgiving, I had the crayons out for a little art activity for the grandchildren. It was highly complex. Took lots of skill. Patience, too.
Actually, it was just drawing around the grandkids hand and then turning the hand print into a turkey. (That’s about as sophisticated that I get with art crafts with two-year old grandchildren.)
But that got me thinking. Isn’t there some craft using crayons that could be made by grandchildren that could be given as a Christmas present. Indeedy there is.
But first, I must do a word-of-the-day with you. Every heard of the word encaustic? Nope? Me neither. And I’m a logophile, a word-lover extraordinaire.
Encaustic is an adjective that means painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in. Got that? Good. Because the first idea that I found is a crayon encaustic art project. Basically, the project consists of holding a crayon over a candle and letting the crayon drip onto a paper. Grandchildren can do this and pop it in a frame to give to their mother or father or cousin or friend. It would be a fun project to do with grandchildren that are six years old or older.
You can make an elegant picture by melting gold or silver crayons. Or make a Christmas-y one by melting red and green crayons. Of course your grandchild could make a lovely picture by using her favorite colored crayons. Or make a monochromatic picture with various shades of one color. So, be sure to check out the encaustic art project.
You’ve probably made chunky crayons. Well, here’s another idea of using up those old chunks of crayons and make them into new ones. This site shows how to make layered crayons using baking molds and Popsicle molds. The sample is a red, white, and blue star crayon. Depending on the molds that you use, you can make some pretty neat layered crayons. This would be a great craft activity for older elementary aged grandchildren that they could give away as Christmas gifts to friends or family members.
And this is my favorite idea that I found: making crayon initials. Basically, it’s making an ‘initial’ picture out of crayons. The directions showed how to make the letter “M” and put it in a shadow box as a gift for a child’s school teacher. It’s one classy looking gift. Your grandchild could make the first letter of the name of a friend or a sibling or a parent and give as a Christmas gift. It’s kinda hard to explain so you just have to check out the tutorial.
You have no idea how much I love that idea! Which got me thinking. Maybe you could spell out the word ‘JOY’ or ‘SANTA’ or ‘Christmas’ if you had a big enough piece of cardstock. (Or maybe you could use poster board . . .) You could vary this idea and make a Christmas tree shape or candy cane or gingerbread man or house. Let your grandchildren’s imagination go wild with this. They could come up with something really creative!
Have you done fun crafts using chunks of crayons??