This summer get crafting with CRAYONS! They are not JUST for coloring and a great way to use up old broken crayons. Learn how to make this fun and educational melted crayon solar system with your kids. A perfect summer craft and so fun to hang in windows and watch the sunlight catch the beautiful planets. Find the full DIY below.
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-Tape or Glue
-Thread/ Yarn or Embroidery Floss
-Stick (from outdoors) or Wood Dowel
–Star Punch (optional)
First you want to take your old broken crayons and start to sharpen sharpen sharpen. Then save the shavings. A little bit of shavings go a long way so don’t think you have to sharpen a 100 crayons ha.
Take a piece of wax paper and cut it in half. Place one piece of paper towel on the table (or whatever surface you are using) so the wax paper doesn’t melt onto the surface. Place one piece of wax paper on the paper towel. Sprinkle some crayon shavings onto the wax paper. A little goes a long way so don’t over do it. Also mixing complimentary colors is best especially if you are making planets. Otherwise the colors will all mix together and create a brownish color. Put the other piece of wax paper on top so you sandwhich the crayon shavings. Then place one more piece of paper towel on top to protect your iron. Iron the square.
Once you have melted enough crayon squares you can start to cut them into circles to make the planets.
Lastly punch holes in the circles. String them to a wood dowel or a stick your kids find outside. To make the Sun, cut out some paper rays from yellow or orange paper. To make Saturn cut out a half ring from paper and tape or glue it on. Lastly you can either cut out some paper stars free hand or use a star punch to cut them and tape them onto the string.
And you are done!! This is a great craft to go with any school or homeschool lesson about space and the planets. But most of all it’s a great craft to bond and have fun with your kiddos. Don’t forget to display it in a window or hang it somewhere where the light can catch. It really is pretty!