I did this craft ALL the time when I was a kid. Even when I was not supposed to. It involves an iron and crayon shavings, and you can bet your ____ my mom was not too happy with crayon wax all over her iron! This is a fun, easy craft where my 4-year-old can do a lot and the 2-year-old tasmanian tot can do a little (despite his “I DO IT! I DO IT!” tyrants) It’s also one of those crafts that can be adapted for anything, any holiday, birthday cards…bookmarks….whatever.
So- here is what you need:
Scissors (not pictured)
Crayon shavings and small pieces
Ribbon, string to fasten & hang in the sunshine
I like to prep my crafts ahead of time. I learned the hard way that SC would lose interest before we even got going on a project. Here, I cut out my hearts and shaved my crayons (please don’t tell the Fisherman I used one of his Heinkle knifes to shave crayons. He will not be pleased) There will be a front and a back heart, so you will need two the same size, but they can all vary in size.
Tear a big enough piece of wax paper to fit snuggly inside your hearts. You’ll have to end up cutting, so its ok. Fold in half to give the paper a bit of division. Let your kiddos sprinkle the crayon confetti all over one side of the wax paper, like so…
ADULTS use the iron on low heat and iron on top of the wax paper. You can even put a paper towel in between if you are worried about messing up your iron. I have a strict rule about ironing: I don’t. My iron is only for craft purposes.
Let the kids see how the wax melts. Make it into a science lesson if you are a nerd. I am. SC was pretty excited to see the colors blend, wax melt and explain why it melts. SJ was probably snacking on crayon confetti at this point. Or playing with scissors.
Glue your heart fronts and backs on the wax paper and cut off the excess.
Go to the beach down the street while the glue dries to wear your kids out in hopes they will take a good nap.
Fasten and hang however you please. I glued ribbon between the three then hung with embroidery floss from random nail in ceiling beam.
And make sure you have some sun to catch – Not hard to do on a day like today!
Freaky Martha Footnote: this post was drafted on Jan 23. My friend Martha (Stewart) sent me an email the next day on how to make Crayon Heart Sun Catchers. I am not kidding. And they, of course are beautiful.