Hi MoNB Village!! Can you believe summer vacation is almost over? With these longer hotter days comes the antsy beginnings of return to school fever. In this recent record breaking heat, it’s too hot to go outside for many of our kiddos, and movies or video games just are not cutting the mustard! 

While shopping with our 9 year old this afternoon, I took a walk down the school supply isle and was excited to find both washable markers and crayons on sale for $.25-$.50 each! Our daughter’s eyes lit up!! She knows what these sales mean!! It’s time to MoNBeCreative!!!

The following are a few ideas on how to turn things you have around the house and these LESS THAN $1  investments into a fun filled (air-conditioned) afternoon!

1) Create your own stained glass beauty!

For this project you will need :

  • crayons,
  • a pencil sharpener or grater (to create shavings),
  • wax paper
  • glitter (optional)
  • Preheated iron and ironing board or heat safe flat surface
  • parchment paper or a brown paper bag (HINT: Ask that your $.25-$.50 bargains be bagged in paper at checkout!)
  • ribbon, yarn, wire, popsicle sticks, patterned duct tape (get creative for hanging and framing ideas!)
  1. Lay out a piece of wax paper as large as you and your artist would like.
  2. Remove crayon wrappers from your chosen colors.
  3. Sharpen or grate your crayons all over your wax paper base. (If you’re using glitter sprinkle some on)
  4. Once you have a beautiful mix of your chosen colors, lay a top sheet of wax paper down on top of your crayon shavings.
  5. Place one layer of brown paper bag or parchment paper over your wax paper layers and iron until the shavings are melted. (*Hint: while very little ones will need mom to do the ironing, I’ve found this is a great time to teach iron safety and skills!)
  6. Allow your wax paper and crayon stained glass to cool.
  7. Cut your beautiful stained glass into whatever shapes you’d like.

*Frame in popsicle sticks, duct tape edges or hang them on different length ribbon or string in a window*

* Create a windchime look using a hanger as your frame and different length yarn. Add beads or other small drawings to complete your original art work!*

*Make several small designs with individual ribbon hangers and deliver them around your neighborhood or even to a local nursing home*

*Create hearts and tag them with our #MoNBeKind Kindness Campaign tags. Hide them around town and  Spread some LOVE!! Check out the MoNBeKind tab for more info*


2) Create a Wax Art Card or ‘Painting’

For this project you will need:

  • hairdryer
  • Cardstock or heavy paper
  • glue gun
  • silk flowers, ribbon pieces, beads, odds and ins.
  • A large sheet of parchment paper or the other side of that awesome paper bag
  1. Place your artist’s card or large piece of cardstock or paper on your parchment paper or bag.
  2. Pick the color crayons you will be using.
  3. Unwrap your crayons and using your hair dryer’s high heat setting melt the wax onto your chosen paper. (*HINT:You could use the sharpener or grater again and create shavings for littles to use and for faster melt time. Using a fork to hold your crayon in place while it melts can save little fingers from getting too hot)
  4. Use your silk flowers, trinkets, and ribbon pieces to accent your art!

3) Create a Watercolor Picture Frame

For this project you’ll need:

  • Popsicle Sticks or thick cardstock
  • Washable Markers ($.50)
  • rubbing alcohol
  • qtips or paintbrushes (not plastic bristles)
  • mug for rubbing alcohol
  • glue gun and glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
  • optional additional decorations
  1. Lay out popsicle sticks on parchment paper or paper bag (HINT: If using card stock cut in strips of desired width and length)
  2. Allow your little artist to color, leaving some white space.
  3. Dip your brush or q-tip in rubbing alcohol and let your artist drip or wipe alcohol across their color, watch the watercolor develop!
  4. Glue your frame together and let your little artist draw something to go in their new frame OR use it frame a photo of your next activity!!

This next activity is a consistent FAVORITE in our house!!

4) Turn your whole family into ART!!!

What you need for this project:

  • Washable markers
  • Play clothes (shorts and tank tops work best. Let dad offer his whole back!)

(HINT: We love to do this before bath time or even better before an outside family water fight!!)

  1. Vote on objects to draw on each other.
  2. Close your eyes and try to guess what is being drawn on you.
  3. Challenge each other to Tic Tac Toe, dot to dot, and hangman on arms, legs, and faces.
  4. Write your favorite thing about each other on hands and feet!
  5. TAKE SOME TOGETHERIES to remember your art explosion
  6. Have a water war to clean up or enjoy a colorful bubble bath as the suds clean off your fun!

We hope you enjoy your art day as much as we love ours! Post photos in comments OR send photos of your day  to [email protected] and let us know what your favorite project was!! You may just end up in an upcoming newsletter or winning a prize!