Valentine’s Day Sun Catchers: Kids Craft

Yesterday was the last day of winter break for my Kindergartener, so to celebrate we decided to get crafty for Valentine’s Day. I love the way our sun catchers turned out so much, they may stay up long after Valentine’s Day. After all, what’s a playroom without a few handmade hearts?

Valentines Day Sun Catchers Craft

This is a super simple craft to create using things you probably already have on hand. I did learn a few things making ours, so make sure you take note of my tips so yours turn out perfect the first time. It is also super quick, so you can make a lot of these in a short time with only a few crayons. 

Materials:

  • Old Crayons
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment or Kraft Paper
  • Manual Sharpener or Knife
  • Iron

What I love about this craft is that it is an excellent way to upcycle old, broken crayons. And since I recently cleaned out the junky restaurant crayons from my girls’ restaurant backpack, we had plenty to work with. We also like to make recycled crayons from old crayons, but this time I wanted to do something different.

Valentines Day Kids Craft Crayon Hearts

After removing any paper from the crayons. Sharpen crayons with a manual sharpener. Since we were using old broken crayons, while my daughter sharpened the crayons she could, I used a knife to chop up smaller bits. 

TIP – The first one I made I used a LOT of shavings, like 5-6 crayons worth. That’s overkill. You only need one crayon for each piece of wax paper. Otherwise, it is too thick and you will lose the translucent sun catcher effect.

Recycle Crayons Craft

For the first few sun catchers we made, we mixed colors. But we discovered that when the colors melted, they became one dark shade of red. So we decided we liked the look of a single color best. 

Once you have you shavings, place them on a piece of wax paper – approx 12 x 12 inches. Fold the wax paper in half and then double fold the edges to create an envelope that will contain the shavings. This is very important. Make sure you double fold over your edges or wax will run out when you iron. 

Using a low setting, place your wax paper envelope between a large piece of folded parchment or kraft paper. Wax will ooze out — do not skip the parchment or kraft paper. (At first I tried using a rag as a drop cloth, but it got messy. The parchment works well because it contains the melted crayon.)

As you iron, let the melted crayon run in the wax paper envelope filling it with color.

Recycled Crayons Kids Craft

When the melted crayon is more or less evenly distributed, set it aside to cool (just a couple of minutes).

Once cool, use a pencil to draw large hearts on the wax paper envelopes, and then cut out hearts. (I was surprised how easy it is to cut the wax paper with melted crayon inside.) Initially I was going to trace prefect hearts, but I decided to free hand them and let my daughter cut them out.

Punch a hole in your hearts and hang in the window.

Super pretty, right? 

Valentines Day Craft Sun Catchers

Comments

  1. This is absolutely adorable and sooo pretty too! I love all the pretty colors!!!

  2. Perfect project for my children! Thank you!

  3. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Craft Frenzy Friday! We’ve decided to feature these great Sun Catchers this week! So come by tonight at 7PM CST and check out your feature and link up again! We hope to see you there!

  4. Loving these adorable sun catchers! They caught my eye at the practically functional party. Pinning these!

  5. how cute! what a great idea for valentines :) found you on the weekend linky party!!

  6. I am so over the dark , dreary winter where I live, so I could really use some fun colorful in my house! You are today’s Dare to Share Feature of the Day. Thanks so much for linking up!

  7. Great idea. I would love to try.

  8. Sorry this is belated but thank you SO much for linking up to our “Best Of The Weekend Party last week!! I featured this awesome project tonight when the party went live. :)
    Have a great weekend!! xo

  9. I think I have to make these, too. :) Thanks for showing how! Linda

  10. We made them last weekend so much fun! We strung 4 hearts on each string! Sending them to loved ones for Valentine’s day!

  11. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    Love the colors,,,,,,,, and what a great idea…….. hearts are always happy and colorful and how can you not love them….. These look really fun to make……….

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