Craft a Healthy Outlook

Has life handed you broken crayons? Don’t throw them away. Taking something that could be trash and turning it into something beautiful can bring you joy, help the planet and connect you to others.

The main ingredient you need for DIY is a willingness to screw up. That’s right. We can make fun of all the Pinterest fails out there, but these people are trying. And great inventions came from failure.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

In this article from Huffington Post, Mark Frauenfelder, the Editor-In-Chief of MAKE Magazine, outlines some inspiring benefits that come from making things, failing and trying again.

Not only can you develop a deeper connection to the things that keep us alive, gain an appreciation for the things you have and the systems that make it possible, and get an opportunity to use your hands and your brain, making things can connect you to communities of other makers and become a possible source of revenue.

So, those broken crayons? Why not make them into art?

Here’s how:

All you need is:

  • a white canvas
  • hot glue
  • blow dryer
  • broken crayons

Do this:

  1. Pick your colors and glue the crayons to the top of the canvas – tips facing down.
  2. Heat up the crayons to their melting point with a blow dryer set hot and high.
  3. Watch the art come alive.

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