Hi everyone! Aren’t you ‘lucky’ that you stopped by today because that is the theme for this Collectively Creative post. Today at the same time several very creative bloggers are posting their inspirations and ideas for anything connected to the term ‘lucky’ and I am thrilled to be participating in this blogging collaboration! At the end of this article you will find the list of the participating bloggers with direct links to their blogs making it super easy for you stop by and pay a visit!
When I think of the term ’lucky’ I have to admit I can’t help but think of St. Patrick’s Day and all of the rich traditions connected to this delightful celebration. I have a fun and easy-to-do craft that I have made numerous times in the classroom with my students for St. Patrick’s Day and it is just as easy to make at home with your own children. Isn’t this ‘Stained Glass’ Shamrock Craft pretty?
Since this craft uses a hot iron, it does require adult help and supervision. Also, don’t use your good iron that you use on your clothes. I just kept my old iron that I only use for crafts and messy projects. If you don’t have an old iron, you can check out a thrift store for something inexpensive. As you can see this old iron has really been used.
- Green construction paper or cardstock paper
- Wax crayons
- Pencil or crayon sharpener
- Paper clip
- Wax paper
- Newspaper (several layers)
- Sharpie pen
- Shamrock pattern (provided)
- White glue
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The How Tos:
Spread the layers of newspaper flat. Rip off a piece of wax paper about 20” in length and place on top of the newspaper. Fold the wax paper in half and open it up again to create a crease.
Create wax crayon shavings by sharpening the crayons with the sharpener. Spread the shavings evenly on one side of the wax paper. Use a paper clip to dislodge the crayon if it gets stuck in the sharpener.
When selecting crayon colours, I suggest just using two or three different ones at a time. Here I just used a pretty blue and deep yellow colour.
Here I just used the primary colours of red and yellow. I have also chosen two completely different colours or different shades of the same colour to create some very nice effects. My experience has been that if you use a lot of different colours the final look starts to look like a brown mess when all of the colours are melted together.
Carefully, fold the wax paper over to secure the wax crayon shavings inside. Now fold the layered newspaper on top. The wax paper with the wax crayon shavings should be tucked inside layers of newspaper from the bottom and on the top. Melt the crayon shavings by placing a heated iron on top of the layered newspaper. I prefer using a pressing motion rather than a gliding motion, which tends to ‘smush’ the melted colours together. You may want to experiment with some different colours and different ironing techniques to see what works out best.
I recommend about five layers of newspaper but it also depends on how hot your iron gets. If you use too much newspaper, the heat may not be able to pass through and if you use too little newspaper as a buffer, you may be dealing with scorching and a burning odour.
Fold the green paper and the shamrock pattern exactly in half lengthwise or in a hotdog fold, which I write about here.
Cut out two shamrocks exactly the same. I fold the paper in half because it is a bit of a timesaver and ensures both sides are symmetrical. You can also cut out the shamrock pattern first, trace it onto the green paper, and then cut it out. It depends upon the ability level of the little ones you are doing the craft with and how much you want to help them.
Then fold the green shamrock in half again and use the pattern to cut out the inside so it looks like this.
Now place the inside of the shamrock pattern that was just cut out on the best melted coloured part of the wax paper. Use a Sharpie to trace the pattern. You don’t have to include the stem. Cut out the shamrock shape out of the wax paper. Notice how I cut a bit inside the outline so when it is glued inside the green shamrock shape, the wax paper won’t stick out.
Now glue the shamrock shaped wax paper inside the two green shamrock cutouts.
Let the glue dry and using a bit of transparent scotch tape, attach it to an outdoor window so the sun can shine through the translucent melted wax crayon in the wax paper like this….
Several ‘Stained Glass’ Shamrocks with different colour combinations look very pretty hanging on the window on a sunny day!
I love crafts that are inexpensive, easy to make, fun to do but most of all, create some pretty awesome results!
Here’s some more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration!
Now here are all of the links to the March Lucky Edition. As always, a huge thank you to Kelly my blogging buddy at Cupcakes, Cobwebs and Crayons for being the originator and facilitator of this wonderful blogging collective!