Thanksgiving and Fall Crafts
Stained Glass Leaves
What you will make:
The colors of fall are warm and cheerful.
Capture these colors with this stained glass-like decoration that is
created using recycled crayons!
Combine the craft with a walk through the woods for an enjoyable fall
This craft project is great for family, classroom or group craft
time. Pre-cut the black construction paper squares and wax
paper squares—two squares of each per person.
Here's what you need:
- Assortment of fall leaves
- Black construction paper
- Wax paper
- Crayons (or crayon pieces) in fall colors
- Brown paper bag
- Iron (requires adult supervision)
- Optional: Plastic knife, string and tape
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Stained Glass Leaves
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed to
create the stained glass leaves. If you are doing this craft with a group, pre-cutting the
black construction paper and wax paper will make the craft go faster.
- Step 2: Cut Squares
Cut two squares of black construction paper and
two slightly smaller squares of wax paper. Squares that are 5" to 7"
in size work best.
- Step 3: Trace Leaf
Using the pencil, trace around a leaf onto one piece of black construction paper.
Use a leaf that fits well within the paper with a nice border around it.
Pick a leaf
that won’t crumble when traced. Placing the leaf on a
diagonal gives a nice look.
Tip: If you don't have a leaf to trace, use this
- Step 4: Cut Center
Cut out the leaf center of the paper and discard. Be sure not to cut through the border.
Place this square on top of the other black construction paper square and trace the leaf, then cut.
Important: Be sure the cut-out leaf centers of the two squares match.
- Step 5: Make Stained Glass
Use scissors or a plastic knife to shave pieces of crayons onto one piece of wax paper.
Use one or two fall colors. Place the other wax paper square on top.
Use a warm iron to melt the crayons between the wax paper. Use the brown paper bag to protect
the iron and ironing board. First, open the brown paper bag flat. Place the wax paper on the bag and
fold the bag over to sandwich the wax paper, then iron to melt the
crayon. Ironing requires adult supervision!
- Step 6: Glue Together
Glue the colorful wax paper square between the two pieces of black paper
with leaf cutouts. Trim the wax paper
square to fit, if needed, and be sure the two leaf cutouts match up.
Hang the completed square in a window for the full stained glass effect.
Make a hanger by taping a loop of string or thread to one
corner of the square.
Other ideas: This craft technique can be used with other crayon colors and
other shapes. For Christmas or Chanukah, use yellows and oranges with a flame shape. For
Valentine's Day, use reds with a heart shape. Pastel colors and egg shapes are great for
Easter. What other ideas do you have?
That's it! Where will you hang
your stained glass?
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