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!
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.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pencil Sharpener (I used an extra eye liner sharpener that my mom had on hand)
- 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).
- Circle punch OR circle shape to trace
- To display: I used a spray painted hanger, fishing line and a needle to thread the line through the wax circles.
- Using the pencil sharpener, sharpen your crayons all the way and save the shavings. We did this with the three primary colors).
- Set out a piece of wax paper (~8″ square), shinny side UP.
- 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.
- Place another sheet of wax paper (roughly the same size as the bottom sheet) on top of the crayon shavings, shinny side DOWN.
- 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.
- Remove melted wax paper sandwich from towels, and let cool.
- Using a hole punch (I used 3″ circle punch) punch circles right into the wax paper where the crayons have melted.
- 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.
- Hang near a window and enjoy.
You’ll be amazed how much prettier the circles look when you hold them up to the light! This drab looking circle:
Looks much more interesting when you hold it up to the light:
And I love the color of this blue one;
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!
Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:
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!