What do Indy with Kids, the Food Network Magazine, Midwest Living, Good Housekeeping, US Weekly, People Magazine and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? We’re all talking about an Indiana small business that a local mom started in her home.
Art 2 The Extreme
When I stumbled up on Art 2 The Extreme on Instagram, I fell in love. Nicole’s Instagram feed is a gorgeous curation of colors and rainbows, mainly you’ll see rainbow crayon creations. That’s because 13 years ago, Nicole became somewhat of a crayon queen when she began designing customized and personalized crayons. She’s the founder of the Original Rainbow Crayon®.
Birthday Favors and Gifts for Kids
I was thrilled to learn that Nicole and the Art 2 the Extreme headquarters were basically located in my own backyard, right here in the Indianapolis area. I started seeing Art 2 the Extreme creations at local children’s stores and as gifts at birthday parties. In fact, the Rainbow Crayons are a “go to” favor for celebrities wanting a customized favor for their children’s parties. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to add this special touch to one of your parties, her designs are available on Etsy. In addition to creating the most delightful collection of letter crayons, Nicole can design a crayon that matches your party theme. I’ve been won over by her donut crayons and Valentine’s gift sets more than once.
Etsy Design Awards
Art 2 the Extreme has been considered for a major award from Etsy for their best selling customized rainbow crayons. With over 2 1/2 million shops on Etsy, it’s quite the honor for Art 2 the Extreme to be selected as one of the top 100 shops! Art 2 the Extreme is one of ten in the kids category. The overall winner will be selected by Drew Barrymore but everyone has a vote for the People’s Choice award and Nicole has her eyes on the prize!
Custom Personalized Crayons
Nicole started creating her colorful crayons as a hobby while she was an elementary school art teacher in Lebanon. She’s familiar with the arts and crafts scene, she taught art from a rolling cart, visiting classrooms for art lessons for most of her career. With her love of color and design coupled with the need she saw for adaptive art supplies for her students with special needs, Nicole was ready to get cooking!
When asked what her favorite part is of the whole process, Nicole says it’s, “Pouring the crayons and discovering the surprise mix and swirls of the colors. Since each crayon is different, it’s a new combination and experience each time.”
Great Gifts Under $20
If you’re looking for customized and personalized crayon design for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, holiday presents or party favors, check out this awesome Etsy shop.
Personalized Name Crayons are a great gift and they’re less than $20 for most names!
Find more on Art2TheExtreme.com