Suncatchers are brightly colored translucent pieces of plastic, wax or glass. When hung in a window, suncatchers cast colored beams of light into a room. Make easy suncatchers with your children to decorate a home, office or classroom window with crayons and wax paper. Use a combination of colors to give your homemade suncatchers the appearance of stained glass. Let the children decorate their own suncatchers, but assist them when it comes time to melt the crayon wax.
Things You'll Need
Cover a heat-resistant work surface with three or four sheets of newspaper. Place a piece of wax paper on top of the newspaper.
Choose crayons in the colors you want to include in your suncatcher. Tear the label off of the top portion of the crayons. Shred the crayons using a pencil sharpener. Hold the sharpener over the wax paper so the shredded wax will fall on its surface.
Use your fingers to mix the shredded crayon wax pieces on the surface of the wax paper. Place a second piece of wax paper, equal in size to the first, on top of the crayon shavings. Line up the edges of the two pieces of wax paper.
Place three or four sheets of newspaper on top of the wax paper. Run a warm iron over the top of the newspaper that is covering the wax paper for one to two minutes. Remove the newspaper and check to ensure that the crayon wax shavings are melted and that the wax paper sheets are stuck together.
Lay a stencil over the top of the colored wax paper. Use a marker to trace shapes such as circles, hearts, squares, triangles or leaves onto the wax paper. Cut out the shapes on the wax paper with a pair of scissors.
Create a hole in the top of the suncatcher with a hole punch. Thread a piece of string through the hole. Tie the string's ends together in an overhand knot. Hang your suncatcher by the string in a window.
Check the wax paper frequently during ironing to ensure that it is not burning.
Wait for the melted wax and wax paper to cool before handling to avoid burns.