Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Stain Glass Crayon Hearts

Here's a really simple craft I ran across on www.marthastewart.com that you and your children can make together for Valentines Day. My children loved helping me make these cute little stain glass hearts. They were able to trim the crayons, fold the wax paper, assist with ironing, cutting them out and string em' up! What fun we had...

You can make the hearts any color or size you choose. I chose to make smaller hearts so they would fit nicely in the glass panels of our front door. If you don't have glass panels on your door, you can hang them from your windows.
Stain Glass Hearts - Valentines
Stain Glass Hearts - Valentines
Here are the supplies you'll need and a few tips I've added to the original instructions that may help you.

  • Crayons - any color
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Wax Paper - 16" long
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Paper Bags
  • Old Towel
  • Scissors
  • Lightweight String (e.g. DMC)
  1. Trim crayons, just a few to start the wax goes a long way... If you decide to make white hearts trim them {FIRST}!
  2. Fold your wax paper in half and sprinkle about a tablespoon of shavings on one side of it. Close the wax paper like a book and fold the three edges over (e.g. about 1/2" in size).
  3. {IMPORTANT} Place a old towel on your ironing board.
  4. Place the wax paper book between two pieces of thick paper bag (e.g. Target or grocery store)
  5. Place warm iron on top of paper bag and rub back and forth and up and down checking on the wax about every 5 sweeps. It melts {QUICK}!
  6. Make sure you push your wax with your iron as far as you can. This will make it "thin out". You {DON'T} want thick wax in your hearts! When you can kinda see through your wax paper it's done.
  7. Remove your newly colored wax paper and lay it on a {flat} surface. {Flat} is the key!
  8. Trace or draw your hearts on the wax paper, cut them out, string em' and hang em'.
And... simple as that. You're done! :)

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