Melted crayon sun catchers

If your children are like my children they break crayons frequently. And then don’t want to color with the broken ones any longer.

This project makes use of those broken crayons.

For this project you will need these special items:

wax paper
iron (this is very special here since I don’t iron, ever)
construction paper

Using the sharpener to get crayon shavings

First you will need to shave the crayons. The easiest way to do this I have found is with a small pencil sharpener. You can also use a vegetable peeler, but those are difficult for younger children to manage safely. Do this directly onto a piece of wax paper.

Setting up the iron

Once your child has the color variations and amount shavings they desire, fold the wax paper in half and place on a towel. Cover with a second towel. Turn the iron to medium and iron the cloth. Check frequently to check on the melting. They seem to go from solid to runny instantly.

Making a construction paper "frame"

Out of construction paper, make a “frame” for your stained glass.

Hanging in the window

You can be creative with the shapes of the frames.

Butterfly shaped frame

heart shaped frame

Then you can plaster them on your window to block out the snow.

A few crayon suncatchers

13 Responses to “Melted crayon sun catchers”

  1. Priya Says:

    I love these…I saw something similar on Kiddley, I think, and was thinking of setting it up for our playgroup tomorrow. Very pretty!

  2. Briana Says:

    OH MY! So pretty. I’m itching to make one myself.

  3. Wendy Says:

    All these ideas are great. Did you get some kind of kid craft book with the birth of your 7th children? Do you only get the book when you have more than 2 kids? :) I am just wondering, because I have no idea where you come up with these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Shannon Says:

    Wow. You rock. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I’ve got to tell you, these craft ideas have been a life-saver during this long Alaska winter!

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  6. random stuff Says:

    I remember making these, so much fun, I may need to go buy a box of neon crayons for this. Are you going to put a book together of all your crafts, that thing with the rice I’d never seen before.

  7. Debbie Says:

    OOh and Ahh. I love suncatchers and rainbow colours. Beautiful creations.

  8. Beth Says:

    Oh these are great. My kids would love to do this.

    I guess I will have to get an iron.


  9. Laurie Says:

    Great idea!! I’ll have to try this one.

    We typically just put the small pieces in an old muffin tin and bake them for a while until they get runny and then re-mold themselves. Presto bango - fun shaped round crayons!! :)

  10. » Saturday Morning Links Says:

    [...] Chris at In the Trenches of Motherhood posts a ton of great kids’ activities on her blog, including this recent melted crayon suncatcher idea which I love. She homeschools seven children so you know she knows what she’s talking about. I also love the edible bracelets from Twizzlers and cereal, although earlier this week I scored two really cute candy jewelry making kits at for a whopping 30 cents each because they were in the Valentine’s Day clearance bin. We also have plenty of crayons, watercolor paints, plain paper, coloring books, stickers, and PlayDoh on hand for rainy days. [...]

  11. Jordana Says:

    We love making those, although I’ve never put them in a frame. We usually use ours to make leaves for fall, trees for Christmas or hearts for St. Valentine’s day. It is always a fun activity (at least for the kids) although I tend to always feel like I’m the verge of a meltdown.

  12. The Single Mom Says:

    Love the idea. We do crafts a lot and always are looking for new ideas. Just recently came across your blog … love it … already hooked!

  13. jody Says:

    Mia and I are going to make the heart today.

    Another wonderful idea!