Simple Craft: Personalized Crayon Holder

September 8, 2008 18:03 pm · 11 comments

When I was visiting my friend, Lisa, in Wisconsin, Nathan was fascinated with these frosting cups she had on her shelves. Little did I know, they had crayons inside. She said they were the perfect size for them…and she’s RIGHT! They make the BEST crayon holders. I wanted to make Nathan’s a little more personalized, so I came up with this:

You need:
~1 frosting container (obviously emptied) :)
~contact paper (sized a little bit longer than the container)
~Microsoft Word, some other equivelent program or simple stickers or magazine cut-outs.

For Nathan’s, I typed up his name in Word, changed the font colors to be a little more colorful and then added a graphic of a monkey on one side and a tiger on the other. (He’s really into these animals right now!) I couldn’t capture those in the picture since it’s cylinder. For those of you who want to do this but aren’t computer savvy, here’s how:

1)Open up Microsoft Word.

2)Under File/Page Set-up, change to Landscape. This will make the name wrap around.

3)Under Format/Font, you can choose the size of the letters (size), design of the letters (font) and their colors. (font color) To change each letter’s color, drag your cursor over each letter individually and change the font color for each one.

4)To add the graphics, go to Insert/Picture/Clip Art. Do a search on what you want a graphic for and double click on it to add it. You can resize it by clicking on the picture and dragging the sizing arrows.

5)Make sure you save your document and then print.

After printing, cut the personalization to fit the size of the container. Cut the contact paper a little longer than the personalization so you can wrap it to stick. The contact paper will keep the personalization from getting “goobered” up or from ripping.

That’s all! Nathan was very excited when I showed him his. He keeps pointing to the monkey and tiger (“kitty cat”.) If you have multiple kids, it’s a great way to keep each one’s crayons separate.

If you are on a tight Christmas budget, consider making one of these for kids on your list. Use the frosting to make treats for Christmas and the container for a very special present! And they don’t have to just be crayon holders. You can put anything inside them!

Thanks to, Lisa, for the initial frosting cup idea! We love it!!

Happy Crafting!!

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