What do you get when you add old crayons to waxed paper?
You get beautiful stained “glass”, of course!
I remember making these windows in Sunday school when I was little, and decided to see if the kids and I could recreate the project. I have to admit that it took two attempts to get the results I was hoping for. Hopefully, you won’t have any trouble. Waxed paper (like Waxtex) works much better than parchment paper!
Your kids will love it! The caveat is that it is a little messy, so be mentally prepared, or just do it outside.
- waxed paper (not parchment paper)
- aluminum foil
- construction paper
- old dishtowel or thin rag (to protect your iron)
Cut the waxed paper into sheets about the same size as the construction paper (letter-sized). You’ll need two pieces of waxed paper for each “window”.
Peel the paper off your old crayons and use the edge of your scissors to shave peelings off of the crayons into several small containers or piles. I found that some crayons work better than others. If a crayon is giving you trouble, kick it to the curb and try another one! The big crayons work really well. Older children will be able to do this themselves, but I just did it for my kids.
Have your child put a line of glue around the edge of one of the pieces of waxed paper. Then, let them sprinkle crayon shavings onto the paper, inside the glue line. When they’re finished, help them place the other piece of waxed paper on top so the crayon shavings are sealed inside. From this point on, it becomes less messy.
Set your iron on low. Put the waxed paper between two sheets of foil. (The crayon will leak through the paper.) I ironed right on my kitchen counter with the foil, the “window”, more foil, and finally, a dishtowel on top. The warm iron will melt the wax between the sheets of paper into pretty patterns. Keep checking as you do it. It may take a few trys! If the crayon isn’t melting, just turn your iron up a little!
We made frames by putting two pieces of construction paper together, folding them in half, cutting a rectangle from the middle, and gluing our artwork into the resulting frame!
Have fun cleaning up crayon shavings!