DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Autumn Stained Glass Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Use this as a craft you can hang in your window. There is an option at the bottom for younger kids, instead of melting crayons.
- waxed paper,
- wax crayons (Crayola don't work as well as the cheap kind for this project, though they do still work)
- manual pencil sharpener (with a fairly large hole)
- iron, ironing board and scrap paper (white computer paper or brown paper bag)
- construction paper,
- glue stick or white glue.
- Pick a pretty autumn leaf and press it in a heavy book (like a phone book) for a few days.
- Tear a square of waxed paper and fold it in half.
- Place the pressed leaf in the center of the paper and shave some crayon over top. We like to use a couple of different crayon colors that we think
would look nice with the leaf.
- Fold the waxed paper closed and melt the crayon with an iron.
the crayon is melted, you can make a construction paper frame for your autumn leaf or you can simply trim the waxed paper and hang it like that.
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."
- Use crayons, NOT markers or colored pencils.
- Have a few bowls with a VERY small amount of cooking oil and a couple of cotton balls in them.
- Have the kids flip the pages over and slowly and thoroughly rub the cotton balls on the paper. (You'll see the paper turn transparent and the
colors come through).
- Put them aside to dry (usually doesn't take long)!
- Cut them out and either hang them as is with a hole punched in them or frame them with construction paper.
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..."
- Use clear Contact Paper and tissue paper pieces.
- Put Contact Paper piece sticky side up on the table (may need to tape it down).
- Let kids stick tissue paper pieces to the sticky paper.
- Cover with another piece of Contact Paper sandwiching the tissue in between.
- Frame with dark construction paper as directed for the melted crayon version.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Templates for the framing option:
Printable version of these instructions