Getting Crafty with Kids: ‘Stained Glass’ Crayon Decoration

                         

When I was a wee tot in kindergarten, I made my mom a Christmas ornament. It was constructed of crayons, sprinkles and wax paper.  The ornament hung on a string in front of a light and glowed like stained glass. She still has the ornament. I still LOVE it. Though I don’t remember making it, I do look for it each year when we take out her ornaments and hang them on the tree. For Easter this year, I decided the girls and I would create “stained glass” Easter eggs to hang in our windows so we would have a similar treasure in our own home.

It’s a simple craft constructed of things you can often find in your own home. The only item I had to buy was wax paper, which I don’t use often (but I know many moms do); the rest of the things I had readily available.

This is a super easy, super inexpensive craft idea you can do with kids of most ages. For the younger ones, you may have to do a little more of the work, but they can scatter the crayons and glitter on top of their creation!

Supplies You'll Need: 

  • Crayons, shredded ( we used an old vegetable peeler and I used a knife to shred the crayons – the girls shredded some with the veggie peeler and had a great time doing it! 
  • Wax paper
  • Iron
  • Glue
  • Sprinkles, confetti, etc to put inside the stained glass
  • Construction Paper
  • Suction cup or Ribbon (for hanging)

‘Stained Glass' Decoration Tutorial

  1. Have the kids draw an egg shape (or whatever else you may want to do that corresponds with a Spring holiday you enjoy) on a sheet of construction paper. I drew this for my six year old; my eight year old did her own.
  2. Cut out the middle. This will become the “stained glass” area.
  3. Glue the construction paper to one sheet of wax paper cut a bit larger than the decoration.
  4. Flip the craft over. You will design your stained glass with the construction paper facing down.
    Use the shredded crayon, glitter and other confetti items to fill in the wax paper part of the craft.
  5. Place another sheet of wax paper on top of the crayon mixture. Place a kitchen towel on top of the wax paper.
  6. Iron. The crayon will melt as you iron. Check it from time to time, but it shouldn’t take more than a minute to melt the crayons.
  7. Flip the craft over. The construction paper becomes the front of the craft.
  8. Trim the wax paper around the edge of the construction paper so it doesn’t stick out of the side.
  9. If you choose to hang the craft, use a hole punch at the top. String a colorful ribbon through the hole. Hang on a suction cup. 

Additional Notes:

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  •  Make sure you don’t have large ‘lumps’ of crayon, as they will tear the wax paper as you iron (we found this out, unfortunately, during the project). Shredded it is fine, but ‘chunks’ won’t work.
  •  You can purchase suction cups at Michael’s or comparable craft store.

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Getting Crafty with Kids: ‘Stained Glass’ Crayon Decoration

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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