Looking for something to keep your youngsters busy this Monday while they’re home from school?
February 20th is Presidents Day, and for most primary/secondary students that means an extra holiday spent in front of the television and being “sooooo bored”.
Well here’s a great way to spend a fun afternoon together creating something lovely!
This D.I.Y is easy AND inexpensive and is good for all ages. *
(*I’m 23 and STILL love making these)
We’re talking Homemade Sun Catchers. Here’s what you need:
12×12 sheets of Wax Paper (2)
1 box Crayola Crayons
Iron (set to medium low)
2 sheets Craft Paper
On your counter, put down one sheet of Craft Paper (this will protect the surface)
Next, layer a sheet of wax paper. Pick a few colors of crayons and using the pencil sharpener, distribute shavings evenly across the wax paper. Be sure to leave about a 1” to 2” border as the wax will melt and spread.
Note: the shavings do not need to be thick. Just even. They will all meld together in the end!
Put second piece of wax paper on top, then another piece of craft paper (to protect your iron).
Using a Medium hot Iron, melt the shavings, being sure to keep it moving so all the colors melt evenly. You can use the iron to push the wax to fill the more “bald” areas by applying more pressure. (If the iron is too hot you can turn it down to low. Especially if you have little helpers. Works just as well it just takes a bit longer).
Keep checking by lifting up the craft paper. When the wax is all melted, it will be a very thin layer and look like a single sheet. The colors should seem like a watercolor palette, all blended together. If you don’t see this effect, yours might not be done.
Let cool completely, then trace shapes (using cookie cutters or free hand!) on the paper. Cut out shapes.
Then with a needle, poke tiny holes at the top of each sun catcher, thread, and hang in any room that needs a bit of brightening!
That’s all! You did it!
We would love to see the designs you come up with! Send us pictures!