Stained glass wax paper leaves are an easy, inexpensive, and fun craft for fall decorating! All you need is an iron, cardboard, a glossy newspaper ad insert, old crayons, wax paper, a paring knife, pencil, and printable leaf outlines.
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How to Make Stained Glass Wax Paper Leaves
Choose crayons in fall colors: orange, yellow, red, brown, and green. Use more than primary colors! Use burgundy, burnt orange, chestnut, yellow-green…be creative! Don’t forget to inhale their fragrance. Ahhh…childhood! 🙂
Remove the wrappers from the crayons you’ve chosen. Now, use a paring knife to peel shavings off the crayons like you would peel an apple. Crayons are hard and a grater and potato peeler just make a mess. Save the shavings from each color in a separate pile on a piece of paper.
Lay on an ironing board a piece of cardboard larger than the pieces of wax paper you will be using. This will protect the ironing board from the melting wax. Lay down a piece of wax paper on the cardboard.
With the iron on high and the steam off, press the iron onto the newspaper. Don’t move the iron back and forth, just press. You’ll feel the shavings melt. Move the iron around the paper by lifting it and pressing it in another section until you’ve pressed the iron all over the paper.
Carefully lift the newspaper insert to check and see if the crayon shavings are consistently melted.
Creating the Leaf Shape
Finally, tape your stained glass leaves in your windows so the light can shine through them illuminating the pretty “stained glass” colors. 🙂
What to Do If You Get Wax on Your Iron
The wax from the wax paper may bleed through the newspaper insert and get on your iron. This can be cleaned off with Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner. All you do is squeeze about 4 inches of cleaner from the tube onto a rag that you can throw away. Set your iron on high and turn the steam off.
Place your hot iron onto the cleaner, press firmly, and move the iron in circles to get the cleaner all over the bottom. The gunk will come off onto the rag.
These steps may need to be repeated a few times to get the iron completely clean. It does work! In fact, it’s a good idea to clean your iron this way from time to time to keep it from dragging while you’re caring for your clothes with it.
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I hope you enjoy your pretty fall “stained glass” leaves! Thanks for stopping by!
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