Valentine Sun Catchers

Today I was inspired to do an art project with the boys.   This morning I took them to the pediatrician for a wellness check-up.  Both Wildman and Cutie Pie had to get shots.  They were less than thrilled by the time we left the doctor’s office.  I was looking for something to help perk them up and figured a fun craft just might do the trick.  Moose and B ended up coming over for a play date and lunch so they helped us create miniature masterpieces too.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the sun has been shining brightly all week.  Given these facts, I figured a heart sun catcher would be perfect.  I rummaged through some drawers and managed to find all the materials I needed.

Materials List

  • Wax paper
  • Construction paper
  • Red and pink crayons with paper removed
  • Box cheese grater
  • Glittery paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue sticks
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

I found some old/broken crayons in Wildman’s art supply stash.  We removed the papers and set to work grating them into colorful confetti using the cheese grater.  While Wildman grated the crayons, I cut out heart-shaped frames from pink construction paper.  I just folded a rectangle of paper in two and cut out a heart in the center with scissors.

I set the kids up with Valentine’s glittery paint that I picked up at Michael’s.  They painted all over a big piece of wax paper.  I made sure to cover the table with a vinyl tablecloth to keep spills and crazy paintbrushes from getting out of control.

Next, the kiddies sprinkled the red and pink crayon shavings onto the wax paper.

The kids took a break to run around on the playground while B and I worked with the iron.  We placed a fresh piece of wax paper on top of the kids’ artwork and sandwiched the two pieces of wax paper between two dish towels.  With the iron on a low setting, we melted the crayons and the wax from the wax paper to seal the sun catchers.  We allowed them to cool for 10-15 minutes then cut the wax paper creations into rectangles that were slightly larger than the heart cut-outs in the construction paper frames.  We adhered the wax paper between two frames using a glue stick.  I punched a hole near the top of the frame and tied some ribbon into a loop so we could hang the sun catchers in the window.

Viola!  A craft that meets my three requirements: cheap, fun and easy!