Crayon Crackle Cards

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Create one-of-a-kind homemade holiday greeting cards using crayons, paint and paper.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • white paper (computer paper will work)
  • crayons
  • paintbrushes
  • watercolour paint
  • water and containers
  • white glue
  • newspapers

What You Do:

  1. Create a crayon drawing on the white paper. Try drawing a candle, a snowflake, a star… anything festive will do.
  2. Next, take your paper and crumple it.
  3. Then, take the paper and lay it out flat on your work surface.
  4. Using watered down paint (the darker the better) and a paintbrush, cover the crumpled up crayon drawing with color.
  5. When the painting has dried, you will see that all the little cracks that formed when the paper was crumpled, have been filled with paint.
  6. Take an old paintbrush and cover the picture with white glue. The glue will dry clear and give the crackle picture a nice shiny finish.
  7. If you like, you can glue the crackle picture onto a piece of construction paper to make a greeting card for a friend or family member.

Did You Know:

The fun folks at Crayola┬« tell us that each year, North Americans buy 2.5 billion crayons! Not only that, but the average North American uses 730 crayons by age 10. Now that’s a lot of crayon crackle paintings!


Illustration: Geoff Slater