Stained glass hearts are an easy melted crayon project for Valentine’s Day.
First off, I want to say that we really did get outside yesterday. We spent the morning with friends at a fun new playground. And good thing too, because now it is cold and windy!
But after nap, Maia and I went back to the studio and made these lovely stained glass hearts.
You’ve probably been thinking that I’m getting too Martha Stewart with all these holiday decorations. Well this one actually is from Martha Stewart. What can I say? She has some beautiful ideas.
I started off planning to making heart frames for them with construction paper or just tape the hearts to the window as I’ve done with stars, but then I came across these crayon hearts on her site and fell in love.
These also look beautiful strung together as Heartstrings and hung in the window.
How to Make Stained Glass Hearts
1. Grate old crayons
As prep, I grated some old chunky crayons and put them into three bowls—one each for pink, orange, and red. I would have grated a white crayon or two but I couldn’t find any.
2. Fold wax paper
Then I folded some sheets of wax paper in half.
3. Sprinkle the grated crayon onto the wax paper
Maia took a piece of wax paper, opened it up, sprinkled grated crayon bits (sometimes too liberally) on one side, and folded it back up. She’s a pro at this since we’ve made crayon “stained glass” windows a few times now.
4. Iron wax paper
I did the ironing part, with Maia watching and checking up on the progress. I keep the iron on low—I use the silk setting—and always sandwich the wax paper between a couple sheets of newsprint or other paper since the waxy stuff bleeds through somewhat.
5. Cut out heart shapes
Afterward, I drew hearts on the wax paper, and we both cut them out. Maia punched a hole in each with our hole punch—her new favorite tool—and I hung them up with white thread in our living room window.
Aren’t these stained glass hearts beautiful? I love them.
If you’d like to try another melted crayon project, these stained glass drawings are fun to make and beautiful in the window.
I wish my photo skills were up to par. I keep meaning to read the manual for my camera, but manuals don’t like me much, and now I can’t even find it. I’d like to be able to get it off auto focus and be able to focus on something close up and let the background be blurry. Any tips?
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