Jan
15
2013

Wax Paper Crayon Hearts – great kids craft!

Posted at 10:17 PM on Jan 15, 2013 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Jan 15th, 2013


valentine's day crafts

If you’re looking for a simple Valentine’s craft that you can do with the kids, Crayon Hearts definitely fits the bill. Sure, mom or dad will need to handle the ironing portion of this craft, but that’s nothing new, right?

What I like most about this activity is that it turns everyday objects – things you probably have lying around your house right now – into a beautiful symbol of Valentine’s love. Bonus: It’s a great way to get some use out of unwanted, broken crayons!

To get started, you’ll need only four supplies: crayons (red, pink and purple work great), wax paper, craft paper (any wrapping paper will do), and some ribbon. The ribbon will be used to hang the hearts in the window. If you don’t have ribbon, feel free to use string or thread.

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First, you’ll need to shave your crayons. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.) For mine, I used a cheese grater. You can also use a handheld pencil sharpener, but I think the cheese grater probably works best.

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Next, place a sheet of craft paper or wrapping paper over your ironing board to protect it. Then take a piece of wax paper – about 12 to 18 inches long – and sprinkle some crayon shavings on one side (feel free to mix your colors). You don’t need a lot of shavings because when they melt, they’ll spread out. You also want the wax to be relatively thin so the light shines through the hearts

After the shavings are on the one side of the wax paper, fold the other side over the shavings and cover the wax paper with another piece of craft paper. Then iron the paper evenly for about 30 seconds using medium heat and a non-steam setting.

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Set each piece of melted crayon wax paper aside to cool off before cutting your hearts. The wax paper won’t look pretty right now, but it will later!

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Now all that’s left to do is cut out your hearts and hang them in the window. To cut them, draw hearts on the wax paper using a pen and then cut just inside the pen line. You can cut three to five hearts per piece of wax paper. To mix things up a bit, cut hearts of various sizes.

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Next, use a tiny dab of Elmer’s glue to attach the heart to the ribbon (I cut my ribbon length wise to make thinner strips). If you’re using string, poke a tiny hole near the top of the heart and thread the string through the hole.

Finally, hang the hearts in the window using tape and then sit back and enjoy your Valentine’s Crayon Hearts!




Comments:

  • Karen says...
    Posted at 7:42 am by I am THAT Lady: Karen
    Karen
    Jan 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Thanks! Perfect idea for today’s snow day!!

  • Elizabeth says...
    Posted at 12:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    Jan 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    This is such a great craft idea! I know what we’ll be making this weekend!

  • Jennifer says...
    Posted at 6:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jennifer
    Jennifer
    Jan 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Did this project today and learned something new that parchment paper and wax paper are not the same thing. Good thing i can fix my mess up. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

  • coupon3333 says...
    Posted at 6:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: coupon3333
    coupon3333
    Feb 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Know all that free dental floss we get?
    Perfect for stringing them up!!!! Thank You
    This was an easy project and looks great in the window!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:57 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Feb 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Great idea!

  • Betty says...
    Posted at 1:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Betty
    Betty
    Jan 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    could this be do with a laminating machine? i thought it might be safer than using an iron.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:39 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jan 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

      I don’t see why not! Great idea!

  • Marissa D says...
    Posted at 3:10 pm by I am THAT Lady: Marissa D
    Marissa D
    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    What a fun activity for Valentine’s day. I love finding activities that my kids can help with that can double as decorations. I’m part of a Valentine link up party, and I’d love for you to share this post with us! If you are interested here is the direct link: http://raysofgraceandjoy.blogspot.com/2014/01/all-things-valentines-craft-for-little.html

    I hope you are able to stop by

    Marissa

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