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Stained “Glass” Window: An Art Project With Crayons and Wax Paper

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Heather is happiest when taking a beautiful photo, creating something in her kitchen, or elbows-deep in a DIY project.


Wax Paper Stained Glass

I first made this project over twenty years ago in grade school and was thinking about it recently. It's easy, fun, and a great way to finish up old and broken crayons. This project also inspired me to make some stained glass sugar cookies.

Crayon Stained Glass Materials

You will need:

  • Crayons
  • Crayon sharpener
  • Wax paper
  • Cardboard or other protection
  • Bblack construction paper or cardstock
  • Iron
  • Paper towels
  • Glue
  • Exacto knife

Melted Crayon Stained Glass Instructions

1. Use a white or light-colored crayon/colored pencil to draw your design on the back of your black paper. I used cardstock with a shiny side, so the dull side was my "back." Otherwise, skip this step if you wish to freehand. I have done both ways.

2. Using an Exacto knife, cut out your design. Be sure to leave a border around anything you cut to keep your "window" intact. Use your lines/drawing as a guide and cut inside and outside of the lines, but not on them. You're essentially cutting out a stencil.

3. Spray the "backside" of your black window stencil paper with spray glue (I use Aleene's tacky spray glue, and I swear by the stuff. You can find it at Michael's).

4. Tear a piece of wax paper off the roll a little larger than your stained glass window stencil. Carefully place wax paper on your stencil or your stencil on your wax paper, whichever is easier for you. Place wax paper side up and smooth down with hands.

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5. Keep your art wax paper side up to use as a template. If you haven't yet, protect your work area. Make sure cardboard or a few layers of newspaper are between your work surface and your art. The crayons will bleed through the wax paper, believe me. Begin sharpening your crayons. I have since lost my prized crayon sharpener from childhood and forgot to buy one for this project, so I carefully used my chopping knife. Avoid crayon chunks, they need to be shavings/crumbs, or they won't melt evenly/adequately.

6. When satisfied with crayon coverage, place the second piece of wax paper on top. Your crayon shavings should be sandwiched between two pieces of wax paper at this point, with your black stencil as the very bottom layer and is facing the surface you're working on.

7. Place a paper towel or two on top of your project and begin ironing. The paper towel protects your iron from getting melted wax on it, as the wax paper can bleed. Do a section at a time, peeking under your paper towel to ensure everything is melting the way you want it to. Too much heat for too long will cause the colors to mud together. Too much pressure and movement with the iron will also cause your colors to swirl, but too much will turn your design from colorful to muddy. Pay attention and take your time.

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8. When crayons are melted to your liking, allow them to cool for a minute. Using an Exacto knife again, trim the excess wax paper away from the black edges. If your papers are separating from each other and the melted wax, simply use the tip of the iron and your paper towel to re-melt/seal the edges. Make sure you're applying heat to only the edges, or you'll melt more of your image and might accidentally ruin it.

9. All done! Hang as frig art or window art. If you really love it, frame it in a double glass frame, allowing light to come through the back and hang it somewhere bright. Enjoy!


Cathi Sutton on February 12, 2014:

Great idea! I can't wait to try this!

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on February 11, 2014:

thank you for this great hub! i can remember doing an art project like this when i was a kid. it was not this elaborate, but it was still fun! blessings!

Janet Vale from San Diego, California on August 23, 2013:

This is a great idea. i think that it's cheap and very unique. Those are two things that I want.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 11, 2012:

Beautiful! I love this! You gave me some ideas to try, too. I also have to link to this hub. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 27, 2012:

What a beautiful piece. And just from crayons. This is so lovely. I am going to bookmark this and vote up...You did a great job with instructions.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 15, 2012:

My granddaughters have done this and it really turns out beautifully. I guess my daughter-in-law knew how to do this, but it is new to me. This is a great hub for mothers that want to teach their children to have a new way to express their artistic talent.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 05, 2012:

Great tutorial! This effect is beautiful.

kelleyward on May 04, 2012:

Wow I love this idea Heather! My oldest loves art so we will try this together. Take care, Kelley