Monday, April 11, 2011

Wax Paper and Crayon Butterflies!!!

Hello again, I am about to put Epic Fail on this post just like Juli, but I will refrain.  I didn't love it but oh well I think the boys liked it.

I wanted to do something fun and easy for my boys, since it snowed here and they couldn't go play outside.  I remembered the simple craft of crayon shavings and wax paper, so we got out our stuff and here it is.

 Start with a sheet of wax paper and some crayons.

 I then shaved the crayons in the colors that they wanted on their sheets of wax paper.
I let them shave some on the cheese grater too.

Even my one yr old was having a blast, just playing on the table.

 I was having a hard time wondering how this was fun for them since I was the one shaving, but they had fun designing the shavings and spreading them around.

Then you fold the wax paper in half and iron.  Make sure there is a towel in between the iron and the wax paper, because it totally seeps through.

   WARNING:  It does stain the towel, so use one you don't like.

 So with some creative cutting you can get them to look half way decent. 
I wanted to try using bigger chunks to see if maybe that would make them look any better, so I did my own.

 Be warned that ironing them twice doesn't work that well.  I had some spots not completely melted and then it made some wax in other spots stick to one side and not the other anymore, so make sure it is all the way melted the first time.
 They do look better in the window.  But over all not as magical as I remembered as a child.  But it is for the kids, so oh well.

I also found this post from Martha Stewart after I was done and thought oh man she can make even a kids craft look AMAZING!  If only!
Well I hope that even though they are hideous that it will give you an idea for a fun time with the kids, and bring back some great memories from your childhood.


Abbie said...

Finally, some pics of your boys. They are too cute! I remember doing this when I was little too. It was super fun to do back then.

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