Stained Glass Fall Leaf Craft

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The boys love talking about the changing seasons and looking at all of the magnificent colors of the fall leaves.  We wanted to decorate the house a little with the beautiful colors of fall, so we made a stained glass fall leaf craft!  It was a bit more difficult than I had prepared for, but they were each able to participate and do what they could, with help.

Materials Needed:

  • black construction paper
  • crayons in fall colors
  • scissors
  • wax paper
  • glue
  • tape
  • hair dryer

Here's what we did:

First, we talked about the colors that leaves change to during the fall and I asked the boys to pick out some broken crayons in those colors.  They came up with red, orange, yellow, and green, because a lot of leaves are still green around here.

Since D loves to peel the paper off crayons, like any kid his age, he was given the duty of peeling:

fall leaf craft

After the crayons were peeled, the Captain shaved them with scissors:

fall leaf craft

That was a slow going process, so I whipped out the cheese grater and both the Captain and I worked on shaving the crayons.  That worked much better!  (a litle scrubbing and hot water washed the wax off after we were done!)

stained glass fall leaf craft

craft

Then, we looked up pictures of leaves and decided which kind to draw.  We then folded a piece of black paper in half, freehanded a leaf on one side and I cut it out:

leaf

Next, we folded a piece of wax paper in half, sprinkled the crayon shavings in the middle.  Then, we turned on the hair dryer to melt the crayon shavings in between the wax paper.  This part was pretty cool and the Captain was able to do it by himself.

fall leaf craft

(I used a cloth to smooth out the melted wax through the wax paper while it was still hot.  I should've pushed the air bubbles out, but it still worked well.

After that was done, we cut them to fit in our black leaf frames and taped and glued them in:

stained glass fall leaf craft

Next time, I think we need to use more shavings, because there were some spots that didn't have any color.  Also, we might not use green next time, but I still think they turned out pretty cute.  Plus, the boys had a blast, which is really all that matters!

stained glass fall leaf craft

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Gena is the mom of three boys, ages 5, 3, and brand new! She is the wife of a great man, a Christian, blogger, and former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area.

Comments

  1. We always used the crayon sharpener when we were kids. I'm impressed your son could use the grater, I barely can do cheese on it without slicing a finger ;)
     

    • ahhhh duh!  That would’ve been much easier!  that is, if we could find the sharpener…..lol!  I made him stop when he had about a 1/2″ of crayon left.  I  was worried he’d slice a finger, too.  haha

  2. So creative!!! 

  3. Adorable!  Thanks for sharing this idea!

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