Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Open Ended Art ~ Yellow with Crayons

Emily's Crayon Sun Catchers
This weeks Open Ended Art theme is Yellow with crayons. We already made our own "new" crayons so I decided to continue using up our restaurant crayon leftovers to make these Melted Crayon Sun Catchers with Emily.
Emily helped me peel the label off of the crayons.

I grated them with a cheese grater and put them is separate glass bowls. I was originally using my plastic apple sauce container cups that I love using for Emily's art projects, however there was so much static electricity from grating the crayons that the shavings were sticking to the plastic way to much.

Emily sprinkled the grated crayons onto a piece of folded wax paper. I put a piece of white paper under it so she could see the design she was making better.

When she was finished with her design I folded the waxed paper over the top of it and covered the waxed paper with the piece of computer paper and then folded all of that into a dish towel. Finally I set my iron to the cotton setting and moved it over the towel.
** I definitely recommend using an old towel that you don't mind throwing away. My first attempt at this ended up with heating the iron way too high and letting it sit too long and the wax melted out onto my towel...oops!!
When we were finished I taped them to the sliding glass door in the kitchen to let the light through them. Emily was very impressed! I can't wait to try these again.
There is a little yellow left in the center!!

This one came out much better!
I did not let the iron sit as long and I checked it much sooner.

This project was a little bit messy, but it was totally worth it. Emily had fun making a design with the crayon shavings and was even more excited to see the finished product.


Gidget Girl Reading said...

great suncatchers! so glad she had fun! my Lo cries if a shave them so no sun catchers for us!

Christy Killoran said...

Great job!
We made sun catchers too. I tried other things first because we made butterfly sun catchers recently but we had issues. My post will go up on Friday.

Melissa A. said...

I really like the way those turned out. Very pretty! :)

Zonnah said...

I LOVE this!

Susana said...

Oh, wow! I absolutely love these and this idea! We will have to do this soon. Thank you so much for sharing this. You are such a fun mom!!

Michelle Gibson said...

I saw this idea in a book and thought it was great! I love how it came out!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Very pretty!! And it looks like a lot of fun! Cute pictures as always. :)

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Thanks for the detailed explanations and warnings to uninitiated. We will definitely try that sometime soon.


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