How to Make Colored Waxed Paper

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Use old crayons to create new colors.
Use old crayons to create new colors. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

The possibilities for creative expression can be virtually without limit when you strive to see basic objects without restraint. For example, waxed paper has numerous uses in the kitchen for cooking and baking. Waxed paper also makes an ideal paper product for crafting because of its lightweight and melt-proof properties. Making colored waxed paper is an engaging process that children of all ages will enjoy. After coloring the waxed paper, use it for craft projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Old crayons
  • Small pencil sharpener
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 sheets of waxed paper
  • Ironing board
  • Iron

Place a sheet of newspaper on a flat work surface. Remove the paper surrounding old crayons and sharpen the crayons with the pencil sharpener, holding them over the newspaper to collect the crayon shavings. Mix crayon colors or keep the colors separate on the newspaper.

Cut shapes from the tissue paper into the sizes you desire for your project.

Lay out a triple layer of newspaper on an ironing board. Place one sheet of waxed paper onto the newspaper.

Arrange the tissue paper onto the waxed paper, overlapping the shapes or keeping them separate. Keep the tissue paper away from the outer 1 inch of the waxed paper.

Sprinkle the crayon shavings over the tissue paper on the waxed paper. Add enough crayon shavings to cover the surface area evenly, keeping the shavings away from the outer 1 inch of the waxed paper.

Place the second sheet of waxed paper over the first sheet, aligning corners and edges.

Fold over the waxed paper at the outer edges 1/2-inch and crease these folds. Fold the outer edges another 1/2-inch and crease these folds again.

Place a triple layer of newspaper over the prepared waxed paper to sandwich the waxed paper between layers.

Set the iron to medium heat without steam and allow it to warm.

Iron the paper, covering the entire surface of the waxed paper beneath the newspaper with the iron. Iron for approximately 10 seconds and then lift the newspaper to check the melting progress. Continue ironing until you melt the crayon shavings completely between the waxed paper. Allow the waxed paper to cool completely.

Cut out shapes from the colored waxed paper. Use the colored waxed paper to make cards or window decorations.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use set the iron to medium heat to prevent fumes during the melting process.

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