Hi Campers! I’m Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow, I’m so thrilled to be here sharing a craft from my childhood, something my Mom did with me that I absolutely loved.
I was excited to share this Wax Paper Crayon Art with my boys recently and hoped they would love it as much as I did as a kid. They totally loved it!
– wax paper
– small handheld pencil sharpeners
– iron & old towel
– brown kraft paper (dollar store)
Prep your crayons by removing all wrappers ahead of time. The easiest way to do this is my slicing each wrapper with a razor knife (parents only) or xacto knife, then removing the paper. I sorted the crayons by colors.
Give each child a sheet of wax paper 24″ long, fold it in half and crease it. Then open it up and lay it flat.
Using the handheld pencil sharpener create crayon shavings on to one half of the wax paper. I recommend keeping the color combinations limited to 4-5 max. You will just need enough shavings to semi-cover the wax paper, it doesn’t need to be 100% covered.
Once it has enough shavings fold the other side of the wax paper over on top of the shavings. You can fold over all the open edges to contain all the shavings if you’d like. Carefully place the entire thing on a sheet of brown kraft paper on to an old towel, the old towel is to protect your surface from melted wax. Place another piece of brown kraft paper over the top of the wax paper.
Set your iron to a low – medium heat, I found the lowest setting on my iron was perfect. This job is for parents or very responsible older children.
Iron lightly over top the brown kraft paper, checking after a few passes to see if your shavings have all melted. If not then go over a couple more times lightly. Set aside and let cool.
Once all the art is cooled you can cut into shapes and string your art for hanging with a needle and thread. I used a sewing machine, I do not recommend this as it was extremely difficult to clean my machine afterwards. (ooops!) I painted a small dowel and we strung our small squares to create a fun wall art piece.
You can also create a frame for the wax artwork out of cardstock or construction paper. Hang your art on a window or by a window for a fun stain glass effect. This kids will love this project. It would also be fun to display everyone’s work and have them do a museum walk. They can admire everyone’s work and compliment each other on color choices and design.
Thanks again Toni for allowing me to take part in this awesome series.
I’m Rebecca and you can find me over at The Crafted Sparrow, there I share all the things I love & create. You can find anything from DIY, Crafts, Home Decor, to the occasional Recipe. I hope you will visit me often, if you do be sure to say hello. Here are a few of my other projects you might like.
Posted on June 2, 2014
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