Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stained “Glass” Sun Catcher

Another craft involving crayons and heat.
What you will need is:
  • old crayons
  • waxed paper
  • a clothes iron
  1. Prep:  take crayons and make them into a fine shavings.  A crayon shaperner is the easiest way to do this.
  2. I usually separate the colors into little paper cups or and old egg carton.
  3. Give each child a piece of waxed paper and fold it in half so there is a crease.
  4. Have child sprinkle crayon shavings on one half of the paper.  Don’t let shavings get to close the edge.  Allow a margin of around an inch.
  5. When finished have an adult carefully fold the paper along the crease and place on a heat safe surface.
  6. Cover the paper with a towel and iron over it on the cotton setting.
  7. Remove towel.  The crayon shavings should have melted into something resembling stained glass.
  8. Let paper cool before lifting it.  It could burn you or the wax can run out the edges.
  9. The paper can now be trimmed out and a hanger added.
  10. Hang in a window or a sunny spot.  Keep out of a very warm place so the wax won’t re-melt.

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