You may not possess the skills or tools necessary to create real stained glass, but you can create faux stained glass using waxed paper and crayons. Although this is a popular classroom activity, you can do this project at home in minutes. The result is a work of art worthy of being hung on the wall or as window decor.
You'll need an iron, ironing board, waxed paper, wax crayons, brown paper bag or other scrap paper and a pencil sharpener for this project.
Cover part of your ironing board with a piece of the brown paper bag. Lay the waxed paper on a flat surface, then use the pencil sharpener to sharpen the crayons, allowing the shavings to fall onto the waxed paper. When you have enough shavings to cover the desired area, place the waxed paper, covered with crayon shavings, on your ironing board. Cover the crayon shavings with another piece of waxed paper, then place a piece of scrap paper on top.
Iron the project for 10 seconds, then remove the iron to look at the crayons. If they crayons haven't melted, repeat the process over again several times until you see that they have melted. Never leave the iron on the paper for more than 10 seconds at a time. Let the project sit until cool.
Use your stained glass waxed paper for a variety of projects. For example, Martha Stewart's website suggests cutting out hearts, then hanging them from the window. You can also use these to create a solar system mobile during a study of astronomy. This craft also works well for holiday projects like Christmas ornaments and Easter egg sun catchers.
Older children and adults can take this project to the next level by creating larger, more complex pieces of "stained glass." Use a pencil to trace an image on the unwaxed side of the waxed paper, then arrange the crayon shavings in each section to resemble the style of real stained glass. Frame large pieces and hang in front of a window or on a light-coloured wall for display.
Toddlers are too young to work with the iron for these projects, but that doesn't mean they can't create their own stained glass masterpieces. Give your toddler a piece of colouring paper and allow him to colour a picture, then let him dab the picture with an oil-soaked cotton ball until the paper is translucent. Once the page is dry, your little one can proudly display his very own stained glass art.