Monday, October 28, 2013

Stained Leaf Craft

By now your yard is probably covered in leaves. No yard, no problem your neighbors or that shopping center down the street will have plenty. They won't even mind if you pick up a couple, promise. This craft turned out to be one of my favorites that we have done. It's pretty amazing what a few leaves and some melted crayons can look like when placed on a window. Our house only has one type of leaf that would work for this craft so we made a scavenger hunt out of it. It really isn't much of a scavenger hunt but that sound better than look for "dead leaves" and it will make more fun for the kids. After you have collected all of your leaves we are ready to start.

Stained Leaves

Items Needed
  • Crayons (broken bits work just fine)
  • Wax paper
  • Construction paper
  • Leaves
  • Iron
  • Old shirt or clean rag
  • Scissors
  • Glue

  1. Smash, shave or destroy your crayons in one way or another. The smaller the pieces the better.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of wax paper. Make about the lenght of the construction paper.
  3. Lay out the leaves on the wax paper.
  4. Sprinkle your crayon shavings onto the leaves and the paper.
  5.  Cover with wax paper. 
  6. Cover top and bottom surface of the wax paper with the old shirt or rag. I will get hot and the crayon will leak through a bit. 
  7. Iron the wax paper until the crayons are melted and the wax paper is sealed together. If you look closely at the wax paper it will be pretty clear where it has melted together and sealed properly.
  8. Allow to cool the cut out you edging from the construction paper.
  9. Glue your edges around the border and trim wax paper if needed.
  10. Tape to any sun exposed window and enjoy.

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