This past winter I created a giant paper crayon to use as party decor at our color-themed birthday party. We all loved the crayon SO much, we hung it up in our craft room after the party! With back t0 school on the mind, I thought today was a great day to share the tutorial and free patterns for making your own giant paper crayon. They are so easy to make and are great decor for parties, children’s room or the classroom. I used my Cricut to cut everything which made them especially easy to whip together. You can find the SVG cut file at the end of this post, as well as a PDF pattern if you are cutting the shapes out by hand.
Supplies Needed for Giant Paper Crayon
- Free SVG cut file or PDF pattern – located at the end of this post
- 1 piece of poster board or Canson Colorline paper in a color of your choice
- black paper – 3 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ or 2 sheets of 12″x12″
- Colored paper – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
- Glue stick
- Scissors or cutting machine
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Step One: Cut out the main piece for the giant crayon from poster board or Canson paper. You will need to cut two pieces measuring 22″ x 5″. Glue them together, overlapping one piece by 5.5″. For my crayons, I used poster board from Target for the red and blue crayons, and I used Canson paper from Blick Art Supplies, for the green and purple crayon. Canson paper is nice because it is sturdier than regular poster board – but more expensive. Use the pdf pattern to cut out the tip to match the rest of the crayon; then glue it to one end.
Step Two: Cut out all of the shapes needed to decorate the giant crayon. Use the SVG cut file and your cutting machine or use the PDF pattern to cut the shapes out by hand.
Step Three: Assemble the crayon by gluing all of the pieces onto the giant crayon.
Start by gluing the rainbow pieces to each end of the crayon. Glue them down in rainbow order with red at the top.
The black curvy wrappers should be placed 2″ from the rainbow papers you just glued down. Space the two black pieces 1″ apart.
You can choose any word or saying for the crayon. The pattern includes “Create”, “Be Bold” and “Discover”. After gluing the two black pieces together to create the black oval, glue the letters down in rainbow order.
Once the letters have been added, glue the black oval to the giant crayon. I used a ruler and centered mine between the two black curvy wrappers.
The giant crayon is finished! You can hang it on the wall and feel inspired to get creative!
For the party, I mounted our “Celebrate” crayon to a long piece of packing styrofoam we had. Before adhering it to the styrofoam, I taped streamers to the back of the crayon; then taped the crayon with streamers to the styrofoam. This worked well since this allowed the streamers to hang an inch or so away from the wall. We taped the styrofoam to the wall and used two small tacks underneath to help support it.
These crayons are so fun! I just replaced our “Celebrate” crayon in our craft area with the new green “Create” crayon and restocked our art supplies for the school year. It’s so nice to reset and get organized!
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