For some reason when I started Rainy Day Mum I quickly became known as a “crafter” yes I do love to craft but as you can probably tell by heading to our homepage crafts are not really a big part of our activities. We do love to create and get creative but I tend not to share everything here – you can get glimpses over on our Instagram Feed of lots of the activities though. But now once a month we’re getting creative and using some art material in a more process art activity and today’s theme is Crayons. The kids love using crayons, they colours are vibrant and the effects that we have tried in the past like our Wax Resist Pond they have loved to reveal. This time we decided to take into account that wax melts and used this to create some art work for the windows.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

Materials Needed

Wax Crayons

Sharpener for crayons or pencils

Wax Paper

Iron

Paper Towel

Cotton thread

Hole Punch

Creating Crayon Shaving Sun Catchers

I have a thing with wax crayons I like our set in the art caddy to be whole – so any broken crayons get put into a container which I have all sorts of plans for. Using that contain the kids started off by selecting a range of colours and stripping off the paper from around the outside.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

Whilst they did that I cut the wax paper – 2 pieces each into around about paper size pieces and gave everyone 1 piece to start with.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

Then we got shaving the crayons with the pencil sharpeners. The kids discovered that if you hold the sharpener upside down then you can collect the shavings quicker and more come out.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

We shaved and placed the shavings around the wax paper from the middle outwards.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

Once they had had enough of shaving we then spread the crayons shaving around mixing up the colours into a real rainbow of differences.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

With the shavings in place, I heated up the Iron on medium heat. Placing an old tea-towel on the surface and then some paper towel we laid the piece of paper with the crayon shavings on over the top. Then their 2nd piece of wax paper over the top of that.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

I then added a set of paper towels and irons the shaving for around about 20 – 30 seconds until I could see the paper towel picking up some of the wax colour through.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

Leaving them to cool – once cooled the kids and I cut out a variety of shapes

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

We hole punched the shapes – smaller shapes once, and bigger shapes at the top and bottom.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

 

Then threaded the cotton thread through to make them hang.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

Using a window sucker hook we attached them into our family room where we spend a lot of the time especially in the afternoon where the sun shines through the window.

Process Art project for kids using crayons - create beautiful stained glass effect shapes using crayon shavings and scissor skills.

More Process Art Projects for Crayons

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Crayon Smash Artwork from Peakle Pie

7 Lessons I Learned from Coloring on Walls (Crayon Process Art) from Preschool Powol Packets

Clay Rainbow Fish Using Wax Crayon Shavings from Adventures of Adam

Simple Invitation to Draw with Crayons at an Easel from Stir the Wonder

Colourful Melted Crayon Window Shade from One Time Through

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

4 Comments

  1. I have to admit we tried making sun catchers with our wax crayon shavings but came to one problem – I don’t own any wax paper. I do own freezer paper though. I spent ages googling to see what the difference between the two papers were. In the end I tried it on a small piece of freezer paper but it didn’t work very well. Wax paper is now on our shopping list! Pinned and clipped.

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