Sunday, October 3, 2010

Crayon Bulletin Board/Top 20

We could learn a lot from crayons:
some are sharp,
some are pretty,
some are dull,
some have weird names.

All are different colors,
but they all have to learn to live 
in the same box.

I wish I knew where this quote came from!  I read it uncredited somewhere, tried to search, and came up with no results.  I had fun making my first hallway bulletin board.  I painted the background with house paint left over from the mural last spring.  Benefits: it always looks decorated even when empty and if I don't want to, I don't have to cover it with paper!  I still need to paint the frame but haven't had time yet.  I found a photo of a crayon and projected it onto 12x18 inch construction paper so I could trace the outline of the crayons and get them all the same size.  Next, I used crayons to add highlights and shadows and added more details with sharpie.  I had originally planned to use die cut letters until I realized how many letters there actually were!  Instead, I just typed, printed, and laminated the saying with different fonts to emphasize the different qualities.

Also, I was surprised to find out that my little blog made the list of Top 20 Art Blogs for Educators!  If you follow lots of Art Ed blogs, you've probably already seen reference to the list in the last week or so.  Lots of blogs I follow were on the list and I found a few new blogs that I now follow!  Take a minute to check out the list on the new Online Degrees blog.  Thanks, Maria!


  1. Wow love this board. Sorry I don't know who wrote this, but it sounds like part of a poem. The poem was longer but had the same point about living in the same box. If I find it I will send it!

  2. Hi, Katie.........I'd like to post and link this over on my bulletin boards blog. If you disapprove, let me know.

    Congrats on being listed on the "20 top art ed blogs"! I concur!


  3. Katie, I used to have this quote hanging on my door, and I love the crayon analogy, but honestly, I don't know where I got it. I took it down when I started to get concerned about the word "dull" - I didn't want anyone to think I was calling some kids dull. But I think I could reword it a little and remove anything that might be offensive.

  4. Haha, yeah, I thought that "dull" was kind of funny but nobody has been upset about it! One of the 5th grade teachers was telling me about a book that was basically the same story as the quote where all the crayons learn to get along and appreciate each other. She bought it for her daughter who is student teaching in a first grade classroom. :)

  5. It came from The Crayon Box That Talked. A book about tolerance. :) I too love this quote

  6. Hi Katie,

    We featured your bulletin board at Bulletin Board Ideas! We included a link back to your blog and photo credit. We would love for you to take a look and let us know if this is okay.

    Kayla Johnson

  7. We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.”

    ― Robert Fulghum