One of the things I remember the most from childhood is the smell of melting crayons. Weird, I know, but it’s the truth. Sense memories at work here.
I remember making these shaved crayon sun catchers and smelling the wax melt. So, this craft was very nostalgic for me.
However, I feel that I need you give you a fair warning – this really wasn’t a super easy craft. I like crafts that are easy, need only a few “ingredients” and tools, doesn’t make a big mess and is easy to clean up.
This craft really didn’t fit those criteria at all – but I remembered it being so fun that I just couldn’t help myself.
This craft is great for anytime of year, but the rainbow made me think of St. Patrick’s Day. I also made a Shamrock version on Practical Mommy, that you can see here.
What You Will Need
Crayon shavings of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and White
Pencil sharpener to shave the crayons
Ironing board and towels
Christmas Ornament hanger
First things first – you will need to make shavings of the crayons using the pencil sharpener. Set them aside. This step took the longest time – almost an hour shaving crayons.
Get your ironing board ready and start heating your iron.
You DO need towels (or I used an old t-shirt I cut up) that will get ruined. Don’t use something you like.
Lay down a thick towel on the ironing board. Cut off a piece of waxed paper about 12″x12″ square. Lay out the crayon shavings in this pattern – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. Then sprinkle the white shavings at the bottom of each side of the rainbow.
Cut off another piece of waxed paper and lay it gently on top of the crayon shavings. Then lay another towel on top of that. I used the old tshirt on top, because a thicker towel wasn’t allowing the crayon shavings to melt.
Place your iron on the towels and slowly melt the crayons. I needed to leave iron in one place for a minute at a time. Once all the crayon shavings are melted together, let the page cool off completely.
Cut out your rainbow shape and punch a hole near the top of the rainbow. I had a leftover Christmas ornament hanger, but you could use a paper clip or yarn.
Lastly, place the sun catcher in your window and watch the sun shine through it’s colors.
If you liked this craft, check out the Shamrock Suncatcher over on Practical Mommy.