Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Crayon Transfer Library Totes

*This post is written in partnership with Penguin Kids in celebration of the book The Day the Crayons Quit. They provided us with copies of the books for inspiration.

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Have you ever read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers? It's a delightful book that consists of letters from all of Duncan's crayons who are ready to do something different. We love it! Penguin Kids invited us to join them in their month-long celebration of this book. The crayons have gone on strike! And, we've given them reason to come back and have fun with our crayon transfer library totes. 

Supplies Needed:
Fine sandpaper
Tote bag
Crayons (use your broken pieces for this project)

Before beginning the process, decide what you wanted to draw. We made drawings inspired by all the things the crayons wanted to draw in the book, such as black rainbows and pink dinosaurs and horses. Use your crayons to draw your picture on your sandpaper. I tested a couple of different types of sandpaper and found that the fine grit worked the best for this project. The coarse grit did not transfer our designs onto the tote bag well at all, so pick up the finest grit you can find. 

Color your pictures as heavy as possible. This is a great project to use up some of your broken pieces of crayon. The sandpaper will eat away at the crayons, so you won't want to use your brand new box. Also, note that because of the iron-on transfer process, if you want to write any words, you will need to write everything backwards!

Once you're finished with your drawing, slide a piece of cardboard inside of your tote bag. Then turn your sandpaper upside down and center it onto your tote bag.

Place a sheet of newspaper over top. We had scattered bits of crayon on the back of our sandpaper and I did not want that on my iron. The newspaper will protect your iron. Heat your iron to it's highest setting and start ironing over the newspaper. Move back and forth over your newspaper to transfer your drawing. You'll need to iron for a good five minutes. If you lift up your newspaper, you'll see wax coming through to the back. This is a good way to see if you're close. Avoid lifting the sandpaper until your design is transferred. Beware, the sand paper is very hot after ironing and will need to cool a bit before you can safely lift it. My girls helped with this process, but it does require close adult supervision. After your design is transferred, throw your tote bag in the dryer for about 20 minutes to set your design.

I hope our library bags convince the crayons to come back to work!

Do you want to join in the fun? There are two things you can do. 

First, Penguin Kids is sponsoring a Pinterest sweepstakes where you can win a $100 AmEx gift card. You can find the details here at this link. The sweepstakes runs through Sept. 30, 2014. You can also click on the blue crayon below to go to the official Pinterest board for the contest.

Not only that, but I've got some extra copies of this book to give away. Yay!! Thank you Penguin Kids for helping me spread the love for The Day the Crayons Quit

Would you like your own copy? It's so easy to enter. Just comment below with your favorite Crayon color. I'll randomly choose 3 of you to receive a hardcover copy of the book. Please make sure to leave me an email address so I can get a hold of you if you win! Sweepstakes ends Sept. 16, 2014. 

Giveaway now closed.
Winners are: Virginia, Emily, and Anonymous (krrk80)

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  1. I can't believe we haven't read this book yet! And what a cute activity! My kiddos are 6,4,2, and 10 months and I'm sure the older ones would love designing a bag for the baby's diaper bag!
    My favorite crayon color is cerulean! Prettiest blue ever :) Thanks for the opportunity to expand our library!

  2. Hi. My sons favorite colors are orange, blue, red, and green. Thanks. 😊

  3. I had to pop over from seeing this on Pinterest and tell you how much I love the hashtag #supportthecrayons -- lol! Best hashtag ever for a kids project!

  4. My favorite color is green, but my favorite crayon color has to be blue. So calming, like blue skies and blue oceans!

  5. I have to go for carnation pink! Thanks for the great idea. They had tiny tote bags at the dollar store. It will be a great craft to do with the kids. psmerry@att.net

  6. I always reach for the purple first. Thank you for another great idea! krrk80@hotmail.com

  7. My favorite is always red violet! My daughters... Macaroni and Cheese! (That's a color!) myfreshpaper@gmail.com

  8. I love the cerulean blue! Such a beautiful color. hhite@unitychristianschool.org


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