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Father's Day
Stained Glass Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Use this as a craft you can hang in your window or make it as a card for your father.  there is an option at the bottom for younger kids, instead of melting crayons.

Materials:

Instructions:

  • Take the paper off some crayons and 'sharpen' them in the pencil sharpener.  Let the shavings drop onto 1/2 the waxed paper.
     
  • Feel free to use whatever colors you would prefer.  You don't have to completely fill the space, it will spread about a bit when you use the iron.
     
  • When you have a nice pile of shavings refold the waxed paper.
     
  • Fold about 1/2 inch around all the edges so none of the wax leaks out when you iron.
     

This is a photo of us doing a heart,
but the process is the same
  • Place the waxed paper containing the shavings down on the ironing board and cover with more scrap paper.
     
  • Iron for a few seconds.  Peek and iron a bit more if necessary.  All the wax should melt.  If you used multiple colours the longer you iron, the more your colors will mix.
     
  • You'll find that nothing happens, nothing happens, nothing happens and then BAM it's totally melted, so just keep waiting a few seconds at a time and peeking so you don't burn anything.
     
  • Let it sit about a minute to cool.
     
  • Fold a piece of construction paper in half and then in half again.
     
  • don't crease very much (the less you crease it the better, but young children may need it creased quite well).
     
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  • Print the template (link below) and cut out the letter D and the half letter A.

     
  • Line up the flat edge of the half letter A with the folded edge of the construction paper.  Trace the half letter A onto the construction paper and then place the letter D beside it and trace it also.  Cut out the half letter A and the letter D.
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  • Unfold the last fold of the construction paper and you'll see the letters D A D in the middle.
     
  • Unfold the construction paper again and put glue around the cut out letters.  Put your waxed paper ("stained glass") onto the glue and cover the cut out letters.
     
  • Put glue around the cut out letters on the other half of the construction paper and fold it over so the 'stained glass' is sandwiched between the construction paper.
     
  • Optional:  You could paste the center of the letter D and the letter A that you cut out earlier onto the wax paper to make the letters look more complete.
     

Optional:

Thanks Geri for sending this in!
"Have the kids color a picture with crayons.  They can color dark or light - it doesn't matter but the darker sometimes looks better.  They really do look like stained glass pictures, especially if the picture had heavy black lines."

Optional:

Thanks Terri for sending this in!
"I have done for this to make it more suitable for younger kids.  Instead of using wax paper and melting crayons..."

Craft Templates:

 Template

 

Printable version of these instructions

 


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