The Original Pin
All that takes is crayon shavings between wax paper, followed by ironing. Simple. You could make a ton of these and string them as a banner, turn them into ornaments (as seen above), sprinkle them on a table as decor, or use them to decorate cards or signs.
Or can you? Are they really that simple? Kathy gave this one a go. "I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be really cute to make a bunch with my kids for the 4th of July. First of all, it took 45 minutes to shave 3 crayons with scissors and made a huge mess. However, I had two cheap crayons and one Crayola crayon. The Crayola was much easier to work with and didn't leave as much of a waxy mess all over me. (Sorry - I didn't think to take a picture of the mess). Anyway, once I was finally done with that, I called my kids over and they sprinkled the crayon shavings over the stars. I followed the directions on how to assemble the stars exactly as written on the site. The directions don't say how warm the iron needs to be so I put it on a medium heat. I pressed the iron on the newspaper for about 4 seconds. I lifted the paper and this is what I found underneath."
"Not exactly what I was looking for. I wasn't ready to give up yet. I tried everything again but this time I put the iron on the lowest setting."
"A little better, but still not perfect. I tried one last time but this time I only held the iron on for 2 seconds."
This really intrigued me, so I of course had to try it out.
- I got my wax paper and cut out two star shapes, and the realized that was going to be really hard to line them up and iron them, so I then decided to test out not cutting out the star shape until the ironing had been completed. So I had 2 star shapes and a rectangle. I placed them on the newspaper (as directed in the original pin).
- I went to work shaving the crayons. I could find a red and a blue Crayola crayon, but only a CraZ Art white crayon, so that's what I used. As I wasn't making a ton of stars, I just shaved a little of each crayon onto the wax paper.
- I carefully placed and lined the top star onto the bottom star, and boy it was a pain in the neck to get lined up and stay lined up. For the rectangle, I just folded one side over the other. I then laid the other sheet of newspaper over the top. That blew my top star off again and I had to painstakingly line them back up.
- With my iron on it's lowest setting, I made about 4 swipes over each area. I opened it up to find the stars had misaligned some (not much though) while ironing and that 4 swipes was too many.
- So I started fresh with a new rectangle, shaved the crayon onto it, and ironed it. This time I only made one pass with the iron, so the iron was on the star for maybe a second. I didn't hold it on, I just swiped the iron over the top from left to right (or bottom to top, I don't remember...either way it was moving). Just one swipe was enough to adhere the two wax paper sheets together and sorta melt the crayon shavings.
- I cut star shapes out of the two rectangles.
Below you will see, from left to right, the star that misaligned (starting with two star shapes). The middle star had 4 swipes of the iron. The right star had one swipe of the iron.
My Test Results
|I'm pretty proud of those star shapes! Not bad for freehanding it with scissors. Still a little wonky, but man you should see my freehand cut stars from about 2 years ago. I've worked hard on improving, lol.|
So if you want the confetti look, I suggest putting the iron on it's lowest setting and only making one pass over the area. If you want a "firecracker" look, make a couple of iron swipes over the area. Either way though, I definitely suggest cutting out the star shape after you iron. Much much easier!