Monday, October 10, 2011

Wax Paper Stained Glass

Day 10/31:

A fun craft almost anytime of year is making fake stained glass with crayons and wax paper. You just lay down a sheet of wax paper, add crayon shavings, and top it with another layer of wax paper. Cover with a paper towel, lightly iron, and cut your shape out after it rehardens. Nice and simple.

It makes a pretty window hanging and the kids can do it, too. So I tried that this weekend and decided that, although really pretty, it didn't quite look like stained glass. Something was missing. See it there?

Yup, there aren't any lines on it. I started thinking about how to put lines on it and puffy paint (a sensation for almost every girl raised in the 80s) came to mind. Since my stash dried up somewhere around '95 I went to the store to get it and was bummed they didn't have any black or dark brown. But they did have gold so I decided to work with that.

To know where to put the lines I put my stained glass picture over the wax leaf and traced with a knife where the lines should go.

That left me with this:

Then I started outlining. I messed up on a couple of spots on the left and it made a mess but I just left it to dry and cut that part off later.

And it's stained glass! It does actually look fairly realistic and a friend that came over this weekend thought it was stained glass till I told her how I did it.

I also made a bat for fun. This might have turned out better with less crayon shavings (less crayon = more see through) but it was a good first try.

Have you tried making these before? Do you have any tips or tricks you found useful in the process?

also sharing this at:

The DIY Show Off


  1. I've been searching for an easy fall craft to do with my preschooler...thank you for the inspiration! This is super cute and looks easy enough to pull off!

  2. So neat- love how these turned out!! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

  3. These are so pretty - I LOVE it! I'm your newest follower and I can't wait to explore more of your blog!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist


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