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Wax Paper Crayon Melts {Think Outside The Toy Box}

July 7, 2014
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Do you remember melting crayons between wax paper to formed ‘stained glass’ when you were little?  Well … we gave this a try yesterday.

Today marks the 7th week of our fun Summer series … Think Outside The Toy Box, a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys).  This week’s theme was Wax Paper! OutsideTheToyBox-Graphic

Before we begin … have you seen some of the awesome wax paper creations out there?  For instance … this STUNNING display in an anthropologie store.  I can not imagine how long this took to make (probably why a T-shirt costs $95, huh?).

Or this Faux Shell Wall Hanging from Alexis at Persia Lou …

Or this stunning DIY wax paper backdrop created for for a wedding …

Or this chandelier …

Okay … sorry, enough gawking at these gorgeous projects, and back to OUR task at hand:

GOALS FOR OUR ACTIVITY

My goals for this activity yesterday were simple …

#1.  To entertain my kids … if only for a couple minutes

#2.  To try to teach them how you can mix colors to make other colors and the concept of primary colors.

I was sort of successful I’d say.  Owen was entertained for 2 minutes (maybe 3).  Charlie … not so much.  To my defense, however, we were at Grandma’s and there are way too many other fun things there to distract.  So … on a break from the sun and swimming in the pool, I attempted this activity with the boys.

SUPPLIES

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Crayons
  2. Pencil Sharpener (I used an extra eye liner sharpener that my mom had on hand)
  3. Wax paper.  Note:  don’t buy the unbleached ‘natural’ kind.  Buy the cheap regular ol’ wax paper that’s white.  I made this mistake.  The natural kind is brownish, and doesn’t really work for this activity (found out the hard way).
  4. Circle punch OR circle shape to trace
  5. Iron
  6. Towels
  7. To display:  I used a spray painted hanger, fishing line and a needle to thread the line through the wax circles.

STEPS

  1. Using the pencil sharpener, sharpen your crayons all the way and save the shavings.  We did this with the three primary colors).

    Wax paper crayon melts  |  View From The Fridge

    Primary Color Crayon Shavings

  2. Set out a piece of wax paper (~8″ square), shinny side UP.
  3. Let your kids sprinkle the crayon shavings onto the paper.  You don’t need too many.  We started by mixing two colors at a time (to learn red and yellow make orange; red and blue make purple; blue and yellow make green, etc).  For the last sheets we threw all three colors everywhere on the sheet.

    Owen mixing red and blue ... what color do you think it will make?

    Owen mixing red and blue … what color do you think it will make?

  4. Place another sheet of wax paper (roughly the same size as the bottom sheet) on top of the crayon shavings, shinny side DOWN.
  5. Place wax paper sandwich on a towel, place another towel on top of the sandwich, iron over this top towel on medium-high heat.  The crayons will begin to melt and mix.  Continue ironing until you’re happy with the look of the melted crayons.
  6. Remove melted wax paper sandwich from towels, and let cool.

    Melted Crayons inside the wax paper

    Melted Crayons inside the wax paper

  7. Using a hole punch (I used 3″ circle punch) punch circles right into the wax paper where the crayons have melted.
    Wax paper crayon melts  |  View From The Fridge

    3″ circle punch

    Wax paper crayon melts  |  View From The Fridge

    Punch (or cut out) circles from the wax paper

  8. Using fishing line and needle, tie some line onto the top of the circle.  Tie onto hanger or embroidery hoop or simply tape onto window with washi tape.
  9. Hang near a window and enjoy.

Wax paper crayon melts | View From The Fridge

You’ll be amazed how much prettier the circles look when you hold them up to the light! This drab looking circle:

Wax paper crayon melts  |  View From The Fridge

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Looks much more interesting when you hold it up to the light:

Wax paper crayon melts  |  View From The Fridge

Hold it up to the light to get the full effect!

And I love the color of this blue one;

Wax paper crayon melts  |  View From The Fridge

Wax paper crayon melts | View From The Fridge

Wax paper crayon melts | View From The Fridge

Here’s your turn!

What fun crafts, experiments, or games have you done using wax paper?  Link ’em up here, and share in the fun!

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Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

Up next Monday … Puzzle Pieces!  And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer.  We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!

May 26 – Glow Sticks   (Check out our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs)

June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Check out our Glitter and Glue Timeout Bottles)

June 9 – Paper Bags (Check out our Paper Bag Pinatas)

June 16 – Kool-Aid (Check out our Kool-Aid Play Doh)

June 23 – Ice Cream Cones (Check out our Edible Stamp Art with Edible Paint)

June 30 – Pool Noodles (Check out our DIY Lightsabers)

July 7 – Wax Paper

July 14 – Puzzle Pieces

July 21 – Paper Cups

July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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19 Comments

  • Reply Echo July 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Those turned out fantastic! I love the way they look in the light!
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  • Reply Becka July 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Wow turned out lovely! Looks great! The pictures look great too. :)
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  • Reply Amber July 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    These look amazing Katie! I love how much brighter the colors look in the light and they are perfect for teaching color mixing! I never even thought of that. Great idea!
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  • Reply Emma @ P is for Preschooler July 8, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Wow, these come out so beautifully! Wonderful way to show color mixing too!
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  • Reply Megin July 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    These are beautiful!
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  • Reply Brooke Bock July 9, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I love your inspirations! But I love yours even more because it is kid friendly! Just popping in from Whimsy Wednesdays Link Party!
    Best,
    Brooke

  • Reply Emily July 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Really cool idea! Will have to try this with my little one!
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  • Reply Mila July 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

    This is so pretty!

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  • Reply Made from Pinterest July 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love this idea! What a fun project to do with kids! Totally pinning!
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    • Reply Katie July 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! It was a fun (and very colorful) project!!

  • Reply Clarissa Hooper July 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Stunning and inspiring ideas featured! I think I will do this with my boys for a bare window we have in the living room. Thanks for the idea!
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    • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Clarissa! Glad you liked this project. The end result really is pretty!

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    Love your inspiration! Thanks for stopping by the Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you link up again today! http://bit.ly/1t2Ohhl
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  • Reply Danielle July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Awesome! I love this! I am always looking for guest bloggers on my website Blissful and Domestic. My blog is about creating a beautiful life on less and this post fits right in with that :) Check out my blog and see if it would be a good fit for you. I’d love to have you!

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  • Reply Olivia July 28, 2014 at 5:01 am

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing! I was wondering could you use grease proof paper instead of wax paper? This is probs a silly questions but I was just curious :)

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