Show of hands! Who remembers creating crayon wax art projects back when they were young? Whether an elementary class holiday project or Sunday School craft, it seems every adult has memories of melted crayons from their youth.
Flash forward -- did you know that this classic go-to craft is a perfect way to make festive, colorful holiday ornaments for your Christmas tree? With a kaleidoscope of colors, these translucent ornaments are a fun way to bring back some nostalgia and relive your childhood days. Or, of course, you can make this easy craft with your own kids! Here's how to make your own melted crayon wax ornaments:
Required craft materials:
- crayons (broken or whole)
- wax paper
- hot iron
- tacky glue
- string or ribbon
- optional: sequins, glitter, grater, hole punch
Instructions for melted wax ornaments:
1. Pre-heat iron to medium (if working with children, give warning and be watchful of hot iron).
2. Remove paper wrapping from all crayons, then break crayons into small pieces. If desired, use a grater to grate crayons into small shreds.
3. Detach one piece of wax paper, then fold in half. Place crayon pieces or sprinkle shreds inside the wax paper, then fold over.
4. Place wax paper with crayons on top of a few layers of newspaper, with more newspaper over it.
5. When iron is hot, begin ironing slowly over the top newspaper layers. Continue to iron in slow circles, checking occasionally on the melted crayon wax. When the wax has melted completely (try to keep it inside the wax paper, rather than spilling out the edges), let the package sit for a minute or two until it can be handled.
6. When the wax has dried and cooled (in just a few minutes), use a pen and scissors to draw and cut out the designs for your ornaments. Begin with simple shapes -- hearts, stars, circles, square or other shapes. If your melted wax is thin enough, try folding the wax paper and cutting a snowflake out of it. If you are creating this craft project with kids, trace their hand onto the paper, then cut it out for a fun, personalized Christmas ornament. As you cut shapes, check the edges of the wax paper to make sure it doesn't come undone. If you have peeling edges, seal the open areas with tacky glue.
7. If desired, decorate your crayon wax ornaments with glitter or sequins (this is a step kids love to do!), then let dry.
8. Lastly, add a string or ribbon for hanging. Cut a small hole near the top of each ornament, or use a small hole punch, then attach your ribbon.
That's it! All that's left to do is hang your beautiful nostalgic ornaments on your Christmas tree and watch how the lights shine through. Of course, once you've made one melted crayon wax ornament, you'll be unpeeling more old, broken crayons in no time. And be sure to get the "OK" from your kids before you start melting all their good crayons!
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