Crafts: "Stained-Glass" Mobile
Teach a lesson on the science of melting in this fun project.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Here's a great way to use up old crayons—and create a beautiful classroom decoration.
Watch Jim Noonan's video demonstration...
What you’ll need:
Craft paper or paper grocery bag
Iron and ironing board
Floss or thread
Hanger or dowel
1 Remove paper from crayons and use pencil sharpener to create shavings. Mix colors in the same family to create a mottled effect. Cut two pieces of 12-inch-square waxed paper.
2 Place a piece of craft paper on ironing board to protect surface (adults only, near the iron). Then, lay a piece of waxed paper over craft paper and sprinkle shavings onto it evenly. Cover with the other piece of waxed paper and then a final piece of craft paper.
3 On medium heat, iron over craft paper, checking to see that shavings are melting evenly. Once shavings have melted and desired color/texture of “stained glass” is achieved, set aside to cool.
4 Create templates in various shapes (star, diamond, etc.) out of card stock. Trace shapes onto sheet of “stained glass.”
5 With scissors, cut out shapes, and use hole punch to create a hole on the top of each shape.
6 Tie thread through hole in each shape and tie other end to hanger or dowel to create mobile.