Kids' Craft--Rainbow Engraving--The Old Fashioned Way

A couple Easter's ago, we went to a kid's Easter party at our church.  And they had little bookmarks that the kids could engrave.  I hadn't seen them before, because I just hadn't looked, I guess.  But, they reminded me of the engraving we used to do as children.  But, like everything else now-a-days, the craft made most of the work easy for the kids!!  The colors were already there and all they had to do was engrave the picture they wanted.  Here are the doorhangers that are like the bookmarks.
Back in my day, we used to have to actually work to get those pictures!  Here's how we used to do it.
I can remember doing this in elementary school.  For some reason, 3rd grade stands out in my mind.  And just so you know, a lot of my readers weren't even born when I was in the 3rd grade!  

The instructions are easy.  Although, we tried some different things to see which worked best.  When I was younger, we used crayon for the whole process.  

Jaycee and I used crayon for the first round.  We reused cereal boxes for our artwork.  We took them apart and cut out rectangles.  To do this project, simply make rainbow stripes with your crayons.

  Then cover  the stripes completely with black crayon. 

Then, find a stick or something with a point to "etch" your drawing.  Easy-peasy.  And you don't have to go to the craft store to buy the new-fangled rainbow engraving cards.

We also tried to make our rainbow stripes with marker and then used the black crayon on top.  This worked better because then the colored layer doesn't accidentally get scratched off too.  So, this would be my recommendation if you're going to do it.

But, I was wondering if there was a way to get the crayon layer smoother and more solid looking.  So, I came up with the idea of grating the crayon and melting it in the microwave.  It was a little better, but it is actually hard to get it as smooth as I wanted it.

We tried a different craft along the same lines.  We tried to make a Jack-o-Lantern on a paper plate.  We colored the center of the plate with a black marker.  Then we grated orange crayon (it is preferable for an adult to do this part so that little fingers don't get nicked by the grater) and spread it on the plate.  Then we zapped it in the microwave for about a minute.  I checked on it every 10 or 20 seconds to make sure it wasn't going to splatter all over my microwave--that would NOT have been fun!  But, we had no problems.  This was the first one we tried.  For some reason, the end project has disappeared!  So, Jaycee and I tried again today.
Today's project!
I cut the outside of the plate off to make it just the pumpkin part. 

Does anyone else remember doing these kinds of engravings the old-fashioned way?

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