After a few brainstorming sessions with a few of our Preschool Moms, we decided another class gift we wanted to create was a Teacher Crayon Monogram. I’ve seen several versions of these…from very basic to more elaborate. While I’ve always thought they were such a cute idea, I’d never tried one out. So this was the year!
I did a lot of research beforehand…looking at the different styles, reading the various tutorials with tips and tricks and basically just getting a feel for how I wanted to approach it.
My friend Janelle came over and we got to work. I imparted the knowledge I gathered from all my research and we decided the direction we wanted to go.
Create Monogram in font desired. Print on regular printer paper in a light grey color.
Determine how you’d like to have your crayons displayed on your monogram by lining them up on your printed monogram. Things to think about: how you’d like the tips of the crayons to be, the order of the colors, if you’d like flat edges or curved edges (depending on your letter), etc.
Using an Exacto Knife or similar, begin cutting your crayons one-by-one using your printed letter as your template for the cuts. Return the crayon(s) to the template as you finish cutting them. Make adjustments to your cuts as needed (i.e. if you wish to curve the cuts to create more of a curved appearance.)
Print another copy of your Monogram Letter in a very light grey color onto cardstock weight paper. This will be what you glue your crayons to (your template may have stray crayon shavings & marks from your cutting and adjustments during the preparation stage.)
Transfer the crayons (one-by-one) from your original template to your final cardstock weight printout and glue down using a strong adhesive (I recommend Liquid Glass or similar.)
Once dry, mat and frame as desired.
We decided to have each child sign their name to the mat. Thought it added a nice touch to the gift. All it takes is a few simple supplies and a little planning and you can have a darling Teacher Gift perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!