Friday, February 5, 2010

Stainglass Valentine's

How many crayons do you having laying around?? I know we have WAY too many! I love to melt them into chunky crayons, but now we are getting too many of those. :) I found a cute craft on Martha Stewart's website and thought I would make it with my older 5's.

Step 1. Sort through and gather the colors you want

Step 2. Peel away paper and begin sharpening the crayons to gather the shavings.

Step 3. Sprinkle the shavings on wax paper. Lay another piece of wax paper on top. The shavings should be 'sammiched' in between the wax paper. **Make sure you have a towel under the wax paper BEFORE you sprinkle. ( If you notice in the photo below I forgot this important step. I realized that AFTER the kids sprinkled. Ugh.)


Step 4. Using an iron on the lowest setting, gently press the iron on the wax paper. It will melt right away. Make sure you don't iron too much as the colors will mix and make a not so pretty color.

Step 5. Cut out heart shapes after it has cooled. Cooling time is minimal.

Step 6. Martha used string to hang hers, but I just taped them on the windows. :)

BEWARE:
WAX CRAYONS SHAVINGS + STATIC ELECTRICITY= Crayon shavings in your hair, fingernails, floor, table and everywhere else!! :)


** Side note: We took our remaining box of homeless crayons and divided them up to give to local missionaries so they may bring them to children in other countries and/or Indian reservations. Our children were very excited to help us because they knew it was for children who may not have colors of their own. :)

3 comments:

  1. You know, I remember doing these when I was a kid! I glad you reminded me! So often we search for that one new idea and we completely forget about those that have been tried and true!

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  2. I remember my mom help us do this when we were little too! . . . I think I'm going to let the kids do their own ironing. (I reserve the right to change my mind before Monday!)

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  3. Tom, you are so, so brave....good luck! :)

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