For my son’s preschool holiday party, I offered to make ornaments for the kids. I’d been planning on making some sort of photo ornament, but when I saw a crayon ornament on Pinterest, I was inspired. My variation might not work as well for a school photo due to the triangular shape, but I really like how it turned out.
The crayons perfectly frame the picture, and I even found a creative way to include a slot for threading ribbon.
Materials Needed (#afflinks):
- hot glue gun (I have one similar to this industrial glue gun)
- glue sticks
- metallic permanent markers
- black ribbon
- scissors (I like my stainless steel scissors)
The first thing you’ll want to do is print out your photo. Or find a photo that you are willing to cut up. We had this one on the computer, and I was (unfortunately) out of color ink the day we made this craft. That’s why I did a black and white photo… but I actually like how it turned out! If your crayons are “standard” sized, then you should be able to use a 3.5×5 photo to make your ornament.
Next, you’ll need to select three crayons for the project. I made a number of these (one for each child in Toby’s class), and can attest that they look best with 3 different colors… or with three of the same color.
Lay out your three crayons in a triangle shape on your cardboard. You’ll probably want to use a pen (or crayon, whatever’s easiest) to sketch out the equilateral triangle.
Then cut out the triangle. Check and see how the crayons will fit (note that I made my triangle sides go from the butt end of the crayon to the edge of the paper near the tip. The last part of this step is to cut off the end of one corner — this is where you’ll thread the ribbon later.
Now it’s time to assemble your ornament. Using your hot glue gun, run a bead of glue along one of the triangle’s edges, then put the crayon in place. Repeat this for the remaining sides, making sure that two of the crayons’ pointy ends will meet where you cut off the corner of the triangle. Although, they don’t have to meet perfectly.
Now, flip over the ornament, and add a blob of glue anywhere that needs reinforcing (I did the “bottom” two corners). Then, take a little strip of cardboard and cut it to a little less than an inch. This will go at the top of the ornament, ensuring your ribbon has someplace secure to hang. After a dry fit, put two dabs of glue on the cardboard and then put into place.
On the back (non-photo) side, I used metallic markers to write my son’s name and the year.
Cut a piece of ribbon, thread it through, and tie a knot… then you’re done!
Honestly, the longest part of this project was designing it. Once I knew how to do it, these crayon ornaments were easy to make!