DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Remembrance or Veteran's Day Stained Glass Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Use this as a craft you can hang in your window as a Remembrance Day ddecoration -- the sun shining through the melted wax is lovely.
There is an option at the bottom for younger kids, instead of melting
crayons or check out the
tissue paper version of this craft.
- waxed paper,
- red and black wax crayons
(Crayola don't work as well as the cheap kind
for this project, though they do still work)
- manual pencil sharpener (with a fairly large hole)
- iron, ironing board and scrap paper (white computer paper or
brown paper bag)
- construction paper,
- glue stick or white glue.
- ADULT: Plug in the iron and cover the ironing board
with scrap paper. Set the iron to medium (no steam).
- Tear a piece of waxed paper that's square (or a bit longer
than it is wide) and fold it in half. Then unfold.
This is a photo of us doing a heart,Take the paper off the crayons and 'sharpen' them in the pencil
sharpener. Let the shavings drop onto 1/2 the waxed
but the process is the same
- For our poppy we used mostly red shavings and a little pile of
black shavings in a small circle in the centre.
- When you have a nice pile of shavings refold the waxed paper.
- Fold about 1/2 inch around all the edges so none of the wax leaks
out when you iron.
- Place the waxed paper containing the shavings down on the ironing
board and cover with more scrap paper.
- Iron for a few seconds. Peek and iron a bit more if
necessary. All the wax should melt. If you used multiple
colours the longer you iron,
the more your colors will mix.
- You'll find that nothing happens, nothing happens, nothing happens
and then BAM it's totally melted, so just keep waiting a few seconds
at a time and
peeking so you don't burn anything.
- Let it sit about a minute to cool.
- Fold a piece of construction paper in half and then in half again.
- Don't crease very much (the less you crease it the better, but
young children may need it creased quite well).
- Print the template (link below) and cut out the half poppy
- Line up the flat edge of the half poppy shape with the folded edge of
the construction paper. Trace the half poppy shape onto the
construction paper and then cut it out.
- Unfold the last fold of the construction paper and you'll see a
poppy shape in the middle.
- Unfold the construction paper again and put glue around one of the
cut out poppies. Put your waxed paper ("stained glass")
onto the glue and cover the cut out poppy shape.
- Put glue around the poppy shape on the other half of the construction paper and
fold it over
so the 'stained glass' is sandwiched between the
Thanks Geri for sending this in!
"Have the kids color a picture with crayons. They can color dark or light - it doesn't matter but
the darker sometimes looks better. They really do look like stained glass pictures, especially if the picture had heavy black
- Use crayons, NOT markers or colored pencils.
- Have a few bowls with a VERY small amount of cooking oil and a couple of cotton balls in them.
- Have the kids flip the pages over and slowly and thoroughly rub the cotton balls on the paper.
(You'll see the paper turn transparent and the colors come through).
- Put them aside to dry (usually doesn't take long)!
- Cut them out and either hang them as is with a hole punched
in them or frame them with construction paper.
Thanks Terri for sending this in!
"I have done for this to make it more suitable for younger kids. Instead of using wax paper and melting
crayons..." (See tissue paper version of
- Use clear Contact Paper and tissue paper pieces.
- Put Contact Paper piece sticky side up on the table (may need to tape it down).
- Let kids stick tissue paper pieces to the sticky paper
- Cover with another piece of Contact Paper sandwiching the tissue in between.
- Frame with dark construction paper as directed for the
melted crayon version.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of these instructions