This is one of our favorite bedtime reads. I can’t wait!
That old saying, “there’s nothing new under the sun” can apply to this Crafty Friday Project. The easy to make “stained glass” window hangings have graced Kindergarten classrooms for decades. But even with its prevalence, some people (like me) have never attempted to make these simple, yet beautiful creations.
Here’s what you need:
-cheese grater, pencil sharpener, or butter knife
Step 1. Cut two squares of wax paper (approximately 6x6”) for each stained glass window. For two kids each making two window hangings, I cut eight squares of wax paper.
Step 2. Start shaving those crayons. We started off using a pencil sharpener, but found this step to go much quicker if we used a butter knife to make the shavings.
Step 3. Start sprinkling the shavings onto one square of wax paper. You can add a little glitter for sparkle. At first, being newbies to this project, we piled up the shavings, mixed all the colors, and tried to make specific shapes before the heating process. We quickly found out that this doesn’t work so well once you get to step 4. A small amount of shavings and a limited color palette produced the best stained glass results.
Then use your hot iron to melt the shavings and fuse the two pieces of wax paper together. You might want to place a large piece of paper or an old towel under the wax paper because the melted crayon goo has a tendency to seep out the edges. Once the crayon shavings are all melted, set the piece aside to cool and harden. This takes less than a minute.
Step 5. Once your stained glass pieces are cooled, take your scissors and cut into desired shapes.
Step 6. Punch a hole through the top of each shape, tie a piece of ribbon through the hole, and hang in the window. We tied our pieces to the blinds, but you can tie them to a hanger or a dowel rod before placing them in the window.
Enjoy watching the light illuminate the colors of your stained glass pieces. It really is quite stunning!
Oh, and if you’re wondering what to do with your post shaving crayons, make crayon cupcakes. Step by step instructions can be found here.
to let you know that I've added a new feature to my blog. If you look to the right, there in the sidebar....go ahead, look. See it? It’s a Crafty Friday supply list! What’s that you say? A list that tells us what we need each week for the Crafty Friday projects? How revolutionary! But before you go telling all of your friends about this awesome stroke of genius, I have to say that there’s no guarantee that the list will be updated in a timely fashion. My goal is to refresh it at the beginning of each week, but the fact that I’m just now posting this the day before Crafty Friday will clue you in a bit as to what might actually occur. I’m trying to get organized, though, which involves doing something else that’s revolutionary: planning ahead. Somebody stop me now.
And, just so you won’t be left with a pictureless post, here’s a shot from a recent nature walk. I love the way the light was sprinkled along the sidewalk. It reminded me of a beautiful fabric. And of course, there’s that little boy. He’s beautiful, too. xo
peanut butter = protein
corn chips seasoned with lima and garlic = fruits and vegetables
cheese = dairy
chocolate which comes from the cacao bean = grains and legumes
Ok, I might be stretching things a bit. I have to admit that when I’ve got several projects in the works, my diet seems to take a hit in the healthy department. Instead of delicious and nutritious, I tend to favor quick and easy, sweet and cheesy? Mainly anything at hand which doesn’t require any prep work makes its way onto the menu. Sure I could’ve fixed myself a healthy meal in the time that it’s taking me to write this post, but then my blog wouldn’t be freshly updated. And frankly, who wants to read about how my super healthy lunch consisting of the 4 basic food groups gave me the energy to complete my projects at record speed, leaving enough time in the day to go for a run? That’s where caffeine comes into play.
Well, I’m off to down a soda and get a few things finished before I crash. Maybe tomorrow I’ll post what my idea of a clean house is during busy times.
I don’t think I’m that brave yet.