A few weeks ago, I did a really fun craft with the children in my preschool class. They had a great time making these wax paper and crayon hearts, and the result is really pretty! So, I thought I would share the process with you so that you can make these hearts with your own special little ones!
- Crayons with the wrapper removed (GREAT way to use up old crayon bits!)
- Crayon sharpener (yes, I actually happened to have one of these… if you don’t a normal manual pencil sharpener will be just fine)
- Wax Paper
- Yarn (or something similar to hang the hearts with)
- Single Hole Punch
- 1 Piece of construction paper
To begin, we need to make a heart template. To do this, I folded a piece of construction paper in half and free-handed half of a heart using scissors. When the paper is unfolded, I have a nice symmetrical heart. The heart I made is about 4 inches across. I started with a bigger heart and that was just a little too difficult to work with.
Wax paper has two different sides– one has a thin layer of wax on it. You can this side facing up.
Now, using your sharpener and the unwrapped crayons, begin making crayon shavings on top of the wax paper heart. There is no set amount of crayon shavings you need– just be generous. You can use other crayon colors to get that multicolor effect. However– I did see that when using a whole lot of different colors that the colors could tend to run together and not look so great. We generally stuck to using three colors or less.
When you have sufficiently filled your wax paper heart with crayon shavings, carefully place the second wax paper heart on top making a crayon shaving sandwich. If the edges don’t line up perfectly, don’t fret. It will still look just fine!
Now, an adult should iron the wax paper on a low setting for about 2 seconds. You may need a little more or less depending on the amount of shavings you used. Just check the heart constantly to make sure that you don’t burn the wax paper– believe me, the brown color it produces is not so pretty.
*NOTE– you may want to place a sheet newspaper underneath and on top of the wax paper hearts. Melted crayon tends to leak out of the edges and it can be a little messy.
Once the melted crayon has hardened again, hole punch the top of the heart and string some yarn through it. Hang on the window and watch as the sunlight streams through!