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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

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A few things to note. It’s Friday. Afternoon. Which is most definitely not Monday morning, when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series usually posts. Life totally got ahead of me this week and I’m just barely treading water. Hence the late arrival of our most recent artsy home project, Wax Paper Letter Art.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

The great thing about this week’s project is that every single item is at the ready in any home with kids. Used, broke down crayons, construction paper, scissors, wax paper, a little Elmer’s glue and an iron. Win.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

I shredded the old crayons with a tiny cheese grater (Truth: That is the first time I ever used that thing!!!!) so I had little dusty piles of color. Then I let scattered the crayon dust over pieces of wax paper to create a mix of different colors. I liked that I could spread each color individually and make more “artistic” choices instead of having mixed all the colors together completely beforehand.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

Once the mini masterpieces were complete, I put the second piece of wax paper on top and ironed everything to create the fun crayon color effect.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

While that cooled down, I cut out the boys’ initials in black construction paper. Then I glued the wax paper finished color project to the construction paper and voila! Awesome new initial art that I will frame and hang in their bedrooms. They are going to love them!

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

NOTE: If you didn’t want to frame them, you could hang them in a window or by a light source! You could also do this on a large scale (like ABCs or 123s or full name) with a piece of poster board as your mat, or you could switch it up with designs or other shapes if you didn’t want to do letters. In fact, when I do it again, I’m sure I’ll use poster board, since it’s more sturdy. The creative opportunities are endless and this simple project made for some quick fun that brightened our home. Loved it!

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art
In front of the window…the light shines great and the colors look really neat!

Check out what the other ladies came up with for this week’s challenge on their websites and be sure to link up any wax paper related activities you might have to share! 

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  1. Jocelyn McGaffic

    July 17, 2014 at 12:51 am

    What a fun and creative craft! I am going to try this with my kids and make decorations for their bedroom windows. Thank you so much for signing up for the #MerryMonday Linky Party!

  2. Marina Silva-Opps

    July 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    What a great idea! And, you are right, all the ingredients are at home…something to do during a rainy day!

    • Katy Blevins

      July 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Exactly! Have fun and I’d love to hear more about when you do it and how you make it your own!

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  5. Sadia

    July 21, 2014 at 12:06 am

    How adorable!!! I wonder whether those of us in insanely hot climate could just weigh down the paper outdoors and let the ambient temperate melt the crayons. It certainly works on the car seats. 🙂 I so detest cleaning melted crayon!

    Thanks for linking up at HDYDI.

    • Katy Blevins

      July 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Ha ha ha! We’ve had a handful of those super hots days as well!! And yuck to cleaning up melted crayon. That is the worst!!

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    • Lynell

      April 29, 2016 at 3:48 am

      I love reading these articles because they’re short but initomarfve.

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Who’s ready for another week of sharing, networking, and growing your site?

We’re so glad to have each and every one of you joining us each week and can’t wait to connect with you on 2 more social medias this week!

This party is all about building and fostering a community of bloggers that actively support each other in their blogging journeys.

And, as you all know, one of the best ways for bloggers to connect with one another, is through social media.

So the Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up was born! We’ll be featuring 2 different social media networks on the link up each week and hope that by focusing on 2 rather than all of them every week, you will have more of a chance to connect and engage with some amazing new bloggers!

Now, let’s get this party started!

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1. Please follow your host and co-hosts! We’d love to connect with all of you!
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3. ENGAGE! No one likes a link and run blogger. If you add your link, try to engage with at least one other blogger.

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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art

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It’s Monday!! You know what that means…it’s time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week…Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
NOTE: This is an outside project. Prepare to get messy! 

It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids were itching for some fun, so we stripped down for some messy art and took it outside to the back deck. A few pieces of construction paper, some Elmer’s glue and a tub of Kool-Aid and we were ready to play. 
 
I started by creating some pictures with the glue based on the kids’ requests (a sun, a tree, a snowman, a silly face). Then I handed them a paper cup filled with Kool-Aid and had them sprinkle away. The sprinkled (or dumped…ha!) the Kool-Aid along the glue around the edges of the picture, carefully spreading it as they went. 

 
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Once they had it covered, I bent the paper gently in half to bring the excess Kool-Aid to the middle and dumped it out, shaking gently to remove and loose mix. In truth, the boys were already happy with seeing the light colored mix on their pictures…but the fun was still coming!
 
As the glue absorbed the Kool-Aid, it slowly turned to the actual color of the mix – red. They were shocked and super excited about this. “Mommy! My sun is turning red!!!” At that age, it was pure magic. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
I should note that this is not a forever project. Although I suspect the glue would have dried hard eventually, it stayed more like a gel when mixed with the Kool-Aid and never got much past the slimey, sticky phase, so I just tossed the remainders after the kids went to sleep. Our goal was to have fun using our hands to sprinkle and get messy, and to watch our pictures come to life with color. Next time we do this, I am definitely going to pick up several colors of Kool-Aid for even more fun! 
 
This activity was immediately followed with bath time! Kool-Aid gets EVERYWHERE. And you know after just a few short minutes, they found their fingers in their mouths. Sugar for the win! 

 
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Be sure to check out what the other ladies did with Kool-Aid on their blogs today, and link up your Kool-Aid family friendly projects below and share the fun as we all head into summer months. 
 

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Welcome to Social Media Saturdays, the one and only linkup sponsored by the International Bloggers Association, where bloggers grow together. Have you joined yet? If not, go there now!

 

We’re all about making new friends and finding each other in the places we hang out online. This is the place to mingle, make new friends and form real relationships– not the place to drop links and leave!

 

If that sounds good to you, then by all means, share the links to your social media accounts here!

 

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Click the button below or write your own tweet with the hashtag #ilovesocialsaturday so your new friends know where you came from and so that we can chat all day!

 

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There, you can find great new friends in your niche to subscribe to and visit regularly. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to build a network of support!

 

We’re so excited to introduce the newest addition to our weekly linkup– the first-ever official IBA Blog Hop! This hop is just for members of the IBA (badge required) to visit each other’s latest posts in any category and share the love. If you submit a link here, make sure to visit and comment on and/or share three more.

Each week, we’ll be featuring the three posts that got the most clicks in the previous week, so make sure to come back to see if you’ve been featured! Happy Blog-Hopping!

 

Here are the featured posts from last week’s Social Media Saturday

 

Chair Makeover: Miss Rose

Robin at Redo It Yourself Inspiration

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Joanne at What’s On The List?

Blogology Part 2: Blogging Platforms

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