Wax paper crafts

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Wax paper crafts
Use waxed paper for your next craft project. (grunge paper pale paper image by Andrew Brown from Fotolia.com)

Translucent waxed paper has many applications in the kitchen, but it's also a popular craft material. Both sides of the paper feature a waxy coating that repels most crayons, coloured pencils and markers. The waxy coating may make the paper unfit for some craft projects, but it is ideal for others, such as homemade mosaic greeting cards, butterfly sun catchers and autumn leaf place mats.

Mosaic Card

Use waxed paper to create a colourful mosaic card with the look of stained glass. Fold a piece of construction paper in half and draw the outline of a frame on the front of the card. Colour in the area outside the outline and then cut out the are inside the frame. Colour lengths of waxed paper with Slick Stix crayons from Crayola. Unlike typical crayons, which only leave faint colours on waxed paper, these soft, retractable crayons produce vibrant colours on any surface. After you've made waxed paper sheets in several colours, tear or cut them into smaller pieces. Working from the sides of the cut-out area inward, glue the pieces of coloured waxed paper to the back side of the card's front. Overlap the edges of your waxed paper pieces as you work toward the centre of the frame to create a colourful mosaic.

Stained Glass Butterfly

Celebrate spring with this craft made from waxed paper and crayon shavings. Draw a butterfly shape on a piece of waxed paper and sprinkle it with crayon shavings in a variety of colours. You can randomly spread shavings over the butterfly shape, or you can deliberately place shavings to create colourful patterns. When you're satisfied with your design, cover it with another sheet of waxed paper and place a paper towel on top. Press the waxed paper layers together and melt the crayon shavings with an iron set on low heat. When the layers are fully joined, cut out the butterfly shape, punch a hole near the top of its body and tie a loop of yarn through it to create a hanging sun catcher.

Pressed Leaves Place Mat

Make autumnal place mats with waxed paper and colourful fall leaves. The waxed paper will hold the leaves in place and preserve their vibrant colours. Gather leaves in a variety of shapes and shades and place them inside a heavy book to flatten them. Once the leaves are sufficiently flattened, prepare your place mat materials. Cut a paper shopping bag into two flat pieces and place one piece on an ironing board. Place a layer of waxed paper on top of the bag, arrange your fall leaves on the paper, and sandwich them between another sheet of waxed paper and the second piece of shopping bag. Iron over the paper bag to fuse together the two sheets of waxed paper and trap the leaves between them. You can leave your place mat as is, or you can use decorative scissors to create a scalloped or zigzagged border.

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