Melted Crayon Stained Glass Window

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Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

So, you know I'm a sucker for stained glass art projects. And that we are always using our windows as art display space. And I think you also know that we love all kinds of melted crayon art projects in our house, including melted crayon rocks, stained glass, seasonal suncatchers, and various watercolor resists.

So you might not be surprised that we've combined all of the above for our latest stained glass door.

Here's how we did it, with all the step-by-step photos and commentary for those who find them helpful.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

First, I cut the paper to fit the window panes. I held the sheet of paper to the window and used a pen to score and mark where I should cut. Easy peasy. We have nine panes in this window and I cut a few extra, just in case.

We used cheap copy paper, because it's sturdy enough for the melted crayon drawing but thin enough for the stained glass part.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

I set up our drawing stations with a folded over towel to protect the table, a cookie sheet, a piece of paper cut to size, an oven mitt, and some crayons.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

I put the cookie sheet into a 300 degree Fahrenheit oven for a few minutes to heat up, then transferred it to the drawing station. Maia protected her left hand with the oven mit and carefully drew with her right.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

As she drew on the paper over the hot cookie sheet, the crayon melted, creating super vibrant lines. The slower the drawing, the more the crayon melted.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

You can see the difference between the melted crayon and the regular crayon drawings in the sun on the left. The cookie sheet was nicely hot while she slowly and lovingly created the yellow center. By the time, she moved on to the decorated outer ring of the sun, the cookie sheet had cooled off and the drawings were more like regular crayon drawings. We reheated the cookie sheet before she drew the rays of the sun, which again melted beautifully and vibrantly.

By the way, we've done these with both wax crayons and soy crayons and both work equally well.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

Melted crayon art is for kids who are old enough to maintain caution and work safely around the hot cookie sheet. Daphne (at 2 1/2) is not there yet. However, I didn't want her to feel left out as Maia and I worked, so I created the same set-up for her (towel, cookie sheet, paper, crayons, oven mitt). The only difference was that her cookie sheet was NOT heated. She even kept the oven mitt on her hand while she worked at first, but then decided it just got in her way.

Also, you can see that she's working with crayon rocks. I would never use such small, stubby crayons with melted crayon drawings because the fingers would be too close to the hot surface. Instead, we use long, unbroken crayons when working with heat.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

A day or two after we finished the melted crayon art, we turned them into stained glass panels for our front door by painting vegetable oil on the back. The oil immediately makes the white paper much more transparent (you can see the design of the placemat through the paper in the photo above).

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

The paper was pretty oily, so we rubbed off the extra oil with a paper towel before putting them on the window.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

Maia placed each stained glass drawing into a window pane, thinking carefully about placement and moving them around a bit before she was satisfied with the final effect. The oil-covered paper clings to the window as is and doesn't need anything else to make it stick.

Melted Crayon Stained Glass for Kids

Here's our new stained glass front door, with melted crayon drawings by both Maia and me.

Have you tried melted crayon art yet? We put it off for the longest time because of the heat factor and because I thought you needed a warming tray to do it, but it is SO rewarding, I wish we had done it earlier.

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  1. says

    I love it! We have glass panels on three of our internal doors, and I keep meaning to do something to decorate them (so the smeary toddler handprints don’t show up so much!). I think my two are a bit little for this yet (both under 3) but you’ve definitely inspired me to do something with this unused art space!

  2. says

    I wonder if you could do it right on the window instead of using the hot cookie sheet. Seriously, in the summer, our windows get hot! Hmmmm.
    Great project!

  3. says

    Hmm… Our windows don’t get hot, so I couldn’t say, but now you have me thinking… Perhaps in the summer, you could lay your paper on the sidewalk, driveway, or car hood?

  4. says

    Beautiful! I wonder if you could do this on wax paper and skip the oil part? In my classroom we use a warming tray for melted crayon use. As for directly on the windows in the summer, wouldn’t it make the wax drip? Maybe frozen crayon would work better? Definitely something I’m going to try.

  5. says

    Hmm. I’d think the wax from the wax paper would melt onto the cookie sheet or warming tray. And I’m having a hard time imagining a window hot enough to make the crayon drip! But perhaps that’s just me living in the mountains…

  6. says

    Hi Jean,
    I love this. Like you, I have omitted melted crayon because I don’t have a warming tray. The oven warmed cookie sheet is a clever substitute. Little Arty Pants is too young right now, but I’ve put this idea in my ‘future projects file’. Thanks for the tip. Keep blogging.

  7. Dena says

    Wow, so many things to say! First, so cute that you did the same set up for Daphne! Second, so impressed by Maia drawings!! She’s amazing! Going to do this one when Naomi gets older but am definitely doing the stringed beading crafts you have had on recently………….haven’t had time to comment as my good friend is getting married in three weeks.
    And thanks by the way for the extra push to bake pie, it turned out delicious!

  8. Sharon says

    I have done the melted crayon on waxed paper before. I wasn’t careful about which side of the waxed paper went on the window, and the side with the crayon eventually stuck to the window (they get hot). I had to scrape it off with a razor blade – not fun. Hope that helps some who were thinking about it. I love this idea. You continue to inspire me.

  9. says

    You’re blessed to have an artistic daughter like Maia! Looking at her artwork, it is apparent that she is blessed with a creative mind. I never thought an ordinary melted crayon could look beautiful on a stained glass window! She is a true artist, and I can see her potential. Someday you will be a proud mom of a successful artist.

  10. says

    What a brilliant idea. I’m so pleased I’ve found your blog. This is another art activity going on our “must do” list. Thanks heaps for sharing.

  11. Moniquw says

    I made this with my almost 4 year old daughter today on our griddle on the lowest heat setting. She loved it and was so excited when I showed her they would stick in our window :)

  12. says

    For the warming tray and wax paper. It works really well, the wax paper does not stick and the tray gets warm enough to melt the crayons but not hot enough to burn the child. It’s an old Bev Bos activity. You can find the warming trays in second hand shops.

  13. Linda says

    I have some glass pains from old picture frames that I have been holding onto for craft projects. I wonder if I could heat them up a little and draw on them with crayon and re-frame? I love sun catchers and have been looking for ideas on how to make your own, so thank you very much for posting this.

  14. jt says

    i have been painting birthday wishes and themes on our windows for several yrs and sometimes the grandkids just do it for fun. we use tempura paint. easy on and easy off. i think we will try the stained glass soon.

  15. [email protected] says

    Hi, could it work if you drew the picture first and then heated the baking paper? That would solve the problem of hot baking paper and children etc.