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Thanksgiving Stained Glass Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Use this as a craft you can hang in your window or make it as a card for your mom.  There is an option at the bottom for younger kids, instead of melting crayons.

holiday ideas

Materials:

Instructions:

  • Take the paper off some crayons and 'sharpen' them in the pencil sharpener.  Let the shavings drop onto 1/2 the waxed paper.
     
  • Feel free to use whatever colors you would prefer.  You don't have to completely fill the space, it will spread about a bit when you use the iron.
     
  • 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.
     

This is a photo of us doing a heart,
but the process is the same
  • 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 pumpkin shape.
     
  • Line up the flat edge of the half pumpkin shape with the folded edge of the construction paper.  Trace the half pumpkin shape onto the construction paper.  Cut out the half pumpkin.
  • Unfold the last fold of the construction paper and you'll see the pumpkin in the middle.
     
  • Unfold the construction paper again and put glue around the cut out pumpkin.  Put your waxed paper ("stained glass") onto the glue and cover the cut out letters.
     
  • Put glue around the cut out pumpkin on the other half of the construction paper and fold it over so the 'stained glass' is sandwiched between the construction paper.
     

Optional:

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 lines."

Optional:

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..."

Craft Templates:

 Template

 

Printable version of these instructions

 


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