Little Ideas for Big Teaching
Wax Crayon Leaves by Andrea Maurer
Wax crayon leaves are a great fall craft for older students. They can create one to hang on the window, or several to turn into a leaf mobile.
What You Need:
• Wax paper
• Fall colored crayons
• Paper towel
• Black marker
• Hole Puncher
What To Do:
1. Take a towel and place a piece of wax paper on top. Use a scissor to shave pieces of fall colored crayons onto the wax paper to create thin layer in the middle of the wax paper. Keep shavings away from the edges or the wax will squeeze out the wax paper when it melts. Two or three colors at a time are ideal. This does not need to be a huge pile since the wax will spread as it melts.
2. Place another piece of wax paper on top of the shavings to create a wax paper/crayon sandwich. Then place a paper towel on top of the wax paper crayon sandwich to protect your iron.
1. Using a low to medium setting on the iron, gently rub the iron over the paper towel a couple of times to melt and spread the wax. This will only take a few seconds as the wax melts very quickly. Try to spread the wax, but not so close to the edges that it squeezes out of the sides. Remove the paper towel to see the melted wax.
2. When the wax is dry and hardened again (this happens quickly), trace or draw a leaf shape onto the wax paper.
3. Gently cut out the leaf shape.
4. Punch a hole at the top and hang it with yarn, or just tape to a window to admire your beautiful wax crayon leaves.
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