I LOVE coming up with creative new ways to expand on or combine our tried-and-true favorite art activities.
Like this stained glass bunting.
We've made all kinds of buntings and banners for parties and just-for-fun decorations. And you know how often we do stained glass and suncatcher-type art activities. So when I thought about combining the two I got a tingle down my spine.
This is YET ANOTHER melted crayon project. Yes, we've been doing quite a few lately. I can't apologize. They're a lot of fun.
This is one you've probably done yourself, either as a kid or with your own kids. It involves melting crayon shavings in between layers of wax paper.
First we grated our crayons on the cheese grater…
…and put the shavings into separate compartments of a divided container (this plastic one held ravioli at one time and was rescued from the recycle bin; a muffin tin or small bowls would work just as well).
Then Maia arranged crayon shavings on half of a folded over piece of wax paper. She folded the other half over the shavings, brought the "sandwich" to me, and I ironed it between two layers of paper (to keep the wax from getting everywhere).
This process was repeated at least a dozen times, with all kinds of color combinations. Maia was very enthusiastic.
Once the wax melts were cool, Maia claimed half for an idea she had (I will post pics soon) and I cut the other half into triangles for the stained glass bunting.
I sewed my triangles together, but if you don't have a sewing machine you could either use a hot glue gun and ribbon or you could fold a piece of masking tape along the top to create the bunting.
We hung our new bunting in the living room window. It was lovely there.
But I really wanted to try it outside, so I soon moved it to the porch. It's beautiful even when the sun isn't hitting it.
But when the sun shines through the bunting, it's glorious!
I love color and light.
Love, love, love.
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