I’ve searched valentine craft ideas online to find something to make for my niece and found a great picture of a wax paper sun catcher. It looked like stained glass so I decided I’d do some valentines day colors and see what I could come up with. The project can get messy so make sure to lay out some butcher paper or something to protect your ironing table.
- wax paper
- crayola crayons
- string or fishing line
- hole punch
- brass ring
- beads (optional)
- feathers (optional)
- Tip: Use a pencil sharpener on your crayons to get fine shavings so they melt evenly.
Turn your iron on low heat and lay out some butcher paper on a flat surface. Using a pencil sharpener or a knife-edge, shave the crayons to get the colors you want and lay on a sheet of wax paper. Use big pieces of wax paper and keep the shavings all together so its melts evenly. Put another piece of wax paper over the crayons and a protective sheet of regular paper to iron on. Iron from the middle out and spread the colors as they melt.
Make sure to keep checking the wax paper as you iron so you don’t spread it to thin. You want to be able to see light through the colors but they peel if they are too thin! Let it cool for a few minutes and cut out the shapes you want. I did pink and white for some valentines hearts.
Making your Sun Catcher
This can be done in a number of ways. I originally was going to use driftwood and hang my shapes from that, but I had some left over gold cord to use up. I matched that up with a gold 6 inch ring. Just take a hole punch and put 2 holes in each shape so you can string them up. We used beads and knots for them to rest on, and added some little colored feathers to contrast the pink hearts. This valentine craft idea took less than an hour to make, but serves as a nice valentines gift for a friend or loved one.