Melted Crayon Suncatchers

Melted Crayon Suncatchers

On those hot summer days where it feels like you can't find any relief from the heat, turn the day around with a colorful DIY project courtesy of free solar energy! Harness the power of the sun to melt crayon shavings and create these vibrant suncatchers.


We had so much fun experimenting with different surfaces to see how to best melt the wax. The results came out so great that we decided to display our creations into a suncatcher mobile!

Ages:
9 - 16
Est. Time:
2+ hours

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. wax paper
  2. crayons
  3. popsicle stick
  4. black paper
  5. plastic wrap
  6. baking tray
  7. scissors
  8. string
  9. hole punch
  1. This project works best outside on a bright and sunny day. Gather your materials and find warm spot directly in the sun.


    Cut a piece of black paper to fit on the baking sheet; this will act as a heat absorber to help melt the crayon.


    Tip: You can also experiment with melting wax by creating a solar oven. Check out the DIY here:

    https://www.kiwico.com/projects/Solar-Oven/2624

  2. Cut two equal sheets of wax paper, small enough to fit onto the black paper.


    Place one sheet on the black paper.

  3. Unwrap a crayon and use the edge of a popsicle stick to scrape off wax shavings. Sprinkle the wax shavings over the wax paper. Try mixing different colors together and experimenting with various amounts of wax shavings.


  4. Lay the second sheet of wax paper over the shavings.  


  5. Cover the top of the baking tray with plastic wrap. This will help trap the heat to melt the crayons faster.

  6. Place the tray in direct sunlight. Let it sit and melt for about 1-2 hours. (This may vary depending on the sun exposure and environment!)


    Tip: Press down on the wax sheets mid-way through to help speed up the melting process.


    Once the wax paper turns more transparent and the crayon shavings have melted together, your suncatchers are ready!

  7. If you want to turn your creations into a suncatcher mobile, start by cutting out shapes from the melted wax paper. Punch out holes and string the shapes up to create a mobile to hang near a window!


    Tip: If your project needs a little extra heat, place the wax paper between two sheets of regular copy paper and use an iron on the lowest setting to help melt the rest.