Some lovely Crayon Heart Suncatchers today. Thank you, Maggy, for letting me be a part of the 31 Days of Love series on Red Ted Art! My name is Tina, I have a baby and a preschooler, and I blog at Simple Fun for Kids where I share simple ideas for crafts, sensory, science and art activities for kids. Today we have a great Valentines Activity for Preschool.
Today, I’m very excited to get a chance to share our Stained Glass Hearts Suncatcher craft with all you fabulous Red Ted Art readers! The melted crayon shavings technique is an oldie but a goodie – can you believe I’d actually never tried it before?
Crayon Hearts Suncatchers Supplies:
- Crayon sharpener or pencil sharpener with a bigger opening.
- Wax paper.
- Black construction paper.
How to make a Stained Glass Hearts Suncatcher:
1. Crayon shavings: Depending on the size you want your suncatcher to be, you’ll need quite a lot of crayon shavings. We were going for a bigger size, and E worked on the shavings for a good while but got tired before we had enough.
We put our shavings into applesauce cups, and this is how much we used.
You can use a grater or a potato peeler to make these shavings but we’ve found it to be quite a pain to use anything but a pencil or crayon sharpener. With the sharpener, it went reasonably quickly.
2. Heart outlines: Cut some hearts from black construction paper folded in half, then cut out the center of the hearts about half an inch to an inch from the edge. Arrange them on a piece of wax paper that you’ve placed on some paper towels. Make sure the hearts aren’t too close to the edge – you want crayon shavings all around them.
3. Sprinkle crayon shavings all over your wax paper and construction paper hearts.
At this step, it looked so pretty! I almost wanted to stop 😉
4. Cover your crayon shavings and hearts with another piece of wax paper and more paper towels. Set your iron to medium heat with no steam, and carefully run it all over the top layer of paper towels several times. Check every minute or so and stop as soon as the crayon shavings are sufficiently melted. (We really ironed a bit too long.)
5. Hang your suncatcher in a window and enjoy 🙂
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