As the holiday season approaches, children begin to get excited about decorating the house with season items. Christmas is a season that provides several crafts for children to make including a replica of a stained glass window. A colorful stained glass window is easily made with old crayons and wax paper. The process takes adult supervision to complete as a hot iron is used to complete the project.
Heavy bath towel
Craft knife or paring knife
Cardboard or poster board
Yarn or string
Suction cup hook
Step 1 – Fold a heavy bath towel in half and place it on a flat work surface. Place a piece of wax paper approximately 24-inches long on top of the towel. Cut a second piece of wax paper the same size and set aside.
Step 2 – Scrap shavings from different colored crayons on the surface of the wax paper. Group together small piles of the same color of crayon shavings together to create shapes. Make sure to leave the outer 1 ½-inches of the wax paper free of any shavings.
Step 3 – Place the second sheet of wax paper over the first so the edges are even with one another.
Step 4 – Cover the two sheets of wax paper with an old pillowcase. This protects the iron during the melting process.
Step 5 – Set an iron to a cotton setting. Allow it to heat for 2 minutes.
Step 6 – Place the iron in the upper left hand corner of the pillow case. Hold the iron in place for 15 seconds. Move the iron one iron width to the right and repeat the process. Continue across and down the pillow case until the entire pillowcase has been ironed using the same process.
Step 7 – Remove the pillow case. Allow the wax paper stained glass window to cool for 3 minutes.
Step 8 – Cut two strips of cardboard or poster board 24-inches long and 3-inches wide. Fold the two strips in half lengthwise to form two strips 1 ½-inch wide and 24-inches long.
Step 9 – Open the folds on the cardboard or poster board strip. Squeeze a zigzag line of glue on the inside of the strip.
Step 10 – Position a strip along the top and bottom of the wax paper stained glass window so the edges of the wax paper are even with the fold lines on the cardboard or poster board strips. Press the strips together and hold firmly. Allow the glue to dry 15 minutes.
Step 11 – Punch a hole approximately 1-inch from the top left and right hand corner of the cardboard or poster board strip to use for hanging the wax paper stained glass window.
Step 12 – Cut a piece of yarn or string approximately 30-inches long. Insert the end of the yarn or string through each punched hole. Tie a knot in the end of the string to secure to the cardboard or poster board frame.
Step 13 – Hang the newly created wax paper stained glass window on a suction cup hook attached to a window.