The Monster is officially 2. This is part one of a 3 part BIRTHDAY MONSTER POST!
These were the gift bags. Plain and simple in a sunny yellow. I picked them up from the dollar store, added a flower punch, and scrolled “thanks” on them with a black marker.
I made what I’m calling “Super Crayons.” You’ve seen this bit before on the internets (especially around Valentine’s Day in little heart shapes). It’s just bits of crayons melted together.
Hoarding, apparently, is a genetic trait passed on to me from my mother. She had SCADS of crayons from my childhood in a plastic container that she gave to the little monster. So i took these beat up crayons and peeled off their wrappers. Keeping them in like colors, i broke each crayon into at least 3 pieces. Using a silicone cupcake pan, filled about 3/4 full, I baked the pieces for about 30 minutes at 320 degrees. PAY ATTENTION TO THEM! Once they are all liquid, take them out of the oven and let cool. They should just pop out and look awesome.
* a few tips: Use the white crayons. They look cool. the tops of the crayons don’t seem to work as well as the rest of the crayon, so keep that in mind when you are deciding on size. Don’t use cheap crayons. You know how cheap crayons just don’t work the same as that really amazing brand that we all know and love? Well they don’t work after they’ve been melted either.
Now that we had all these super crayons, we needed something to color. The internets are also chock-full of really cute paint chip notebook DIYs. I hopped over to home depot and left with a purse full of paint chips. Cruised over to the dollar store at the corner of my neighborhood and picked up 2 four packs of “memo pads”
I had hope for things to turn out something like this:
*image from thegreenbeanscrafterole.blogspot.com (also a DIY but you need a binding machine)
but quickly realized that it wasn’t going to happen (screw Pinterest) so I made do. Using a flower paper punch, some bodyshop painters’ tape, my trusty paint chips, and Mod Podge, I came up with these:
I don’t think you need a step by step here. just go with it. After everything was dry, I attached each crayon to a notebook with a NEW and UNUSED hair tie (any rubberband or ribbon would have worked as well).
The gift bags also got some candy, a pinwheel, and a crazy straw (i’m not really *great* with themes.)
what do you think?