DIY Stained Glass Crayon Candles

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I love a good crayon craft, YES I DO!  I thought it would be fun to see if I could make a cool stained-glass effect using a pack of crayons and a hair dryer.  I think the end result turned out pretty darn cool.  Let me show you just how easy it is to make these colorful candles for yourself!
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What you need:
– Crayons
– Glass Votives
– Tea lights
– Hairdryer
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Unwrap your crayons.  If you need to, you can let them set in a bowl of water for a few minutes to make them easier to remove.
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Break of several chunks of crayons.  You don’t need to use the entire thing!  A little goes a long way.

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Drop the crayons in the bottom of your votive
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Turn on your hair dryer and start swirling the colors around. It won’t take long for them to start melting.
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Keep going!  Remember to not go so far that your colors start blending all into the same color…only unless you do want them that way!  Who knows, you might! 
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Drop your candle in and you are ready to make your candles come to life!  You may wonder if the crayons will continue to met.  For mine, I know they got a little tacky from the heat of the candle, but the actual swirly design stayed the same.

What kind of colors would you love to play around for this technique?

I wrote a Snapchat ebook!

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I’m so excited to share with you the new book that I co-authored with my good friend Jennifer Priest. It’s all about the latest most buzzed about social media app…Snapchat. Both Jennifer and I have taken the leap and hope you will too!

In the book we share everything from how to use Snapchat to WHY you need to be on Snapchat. Basically, it’s a deep dive into the app and we also share cool people to follow and a prompt of the day challenge.

Learn more about the book and order your copy over on Rainmakermediaworks.com and let me know what you think!  I’d love your feedback and insight. 🙂

OK, I have to go!  I have a snap story to work on.

Gary Vaynerchuk Printable Valentines

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It’s no joke, I love me some Gary Vee!  For those of you who have yet to discover Gary, he’s one of the smartest guys in social media and business. And I watch every episode of the #askgaryvee show on his Youtube rather religiously!  He even featured one of my questions…in this video:

So, Gary is always talking about “hustle” and how you have to hustle to get a question answered, so I made these cute little printable Valentine’s to sweeten my chance to get on the show!  For all you social media junkies and folks in the Vayner Nation  please print these out and share with all your office friends or share the ones I individually added below on your fave social sites.

Simply click here >>>>Gary Vaynerchuk Printable Valentine<<<<< to get a large scale 8.5 x 11 inch image that you can print out and give to your social media buddies!

And here’s the individual ones for sharing!

 

Galaxy Art Pumpkin DIY

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Here’s a fun and different idea for making a super cool DIY pumpkin this year!  Create a pumpkin that’s out of this world and looks like a galaxy nebula!  This look is fun and abstract and no two pumpkins will turn out exactly the same, but they are guaranteed to be super cool!!

FYI If you like this post, you’ll love my DIY Halloween page called Easy Pumpkin Ideas where you’ll find 10+ project DIYs! Check ’em out!
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What you need:
– Black Pumpkin (Mine is a Funkin from Hobby Lobby)
– Various Tulip fabric paints (mine have some definite messy/crafty love on them)
Tulip Fabric Spray in black and white (not shown)
Tulip Fashion Glitters (in coordinating colors to your paints)
– Paper plate or palette
– Cut sponges
– Brushes for making stars (optional)
– Image printed out or pulled up on your phone to go by.
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Here’s a quick stepout of my process.  Since this process is very loose and abstract, you can literally spend 10 minutes on it -or- and hour to get it “just right”.  I want to show you my basic tips, but I encourage you to read up on some more processes for success.

Before I began, I pulled some images of “Galaxy Art DIYs” up on my phone to see what other folks have created. You can also look up “Galaxy Nebula” for various space telescope photos for inspiration for your design.  I used these images as inspiration for my design, but I didn’t copy them exactly.

I started by sponging on a light blue base color on the top of the pumpkin, then I sponged in other colors around it blending them slightly.  I had no initial rhyme or reason for this, but I did know I wanted to keep my colors seperated a bit and not too blended together.  Next, I experimented with some fabric sprays. First I spritzed on some black fabric spray, which gave it a cool, organic look.  I then went over top and added a few splatters of the white.  Do this sparingly, because you don’t want too many as they will take away from your colorful design.

Note, you can also add “stars” by using the back of your paintbrush to dot on stars randomly all over the pumpkin. In my opinion, I liked the fabric spray look a lot better than the dotted stars look, but dotting on the stars will work perfectly if you don’t have fabric spray.

Admittedly, after I spritzed on the fabric sprays, I went back in and sponged a little of my pinks and blues back over.  This is where I talked about getting it “just right”. You are going to have to judge what looks right to your eye!  For a final touch, I sprinkled on glitter over the coordinating color of wet paint.  It really made my galaxy pop!

If you are still feeling unsure and want some more painting advice before you begin this process, I found this video tutorial very helpful by Tutorials by A (she’s awesome).

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Here’s a few closeups of my finished look.  I think it turned out so cool!
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What do you think? Do you want to give this galaxy art pumpkin a try??

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Crayon Drip Art Pumpkin Tutorial

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I was so inspired by all the pumpkins and Halloween stuff I saw at Michaels this past week, that I decided to go ahead and get started on my Halloween crafting!  With the popularity of the crazy crayon dripped canvases, I decided to do my own version using a pumpkin instead of a canvas.  I think it turned out funky, abstract, oh-so-colorful, and fun.  Here’s how you make one of your own!

Looking for more fun pumpkin ideas, check out my new pumpkin site…EASY PUMPKIN IDEAS!

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