My girls and I tried something new over the weekend. They are twelve and fifteen, and it takes a lot of convincing for them to sit at the table and make art these days. But when they saw there was an iron involved, they did not hesitate, ha! This project was so fun. They did it for two hours, I am not kidding. It’s messy and there are slight hazards involved so, therefore…it was a hit!!
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~ crayons (the best method to take off the paper is to soak them for a few hours in water, then the paper comes off easily, and by the way…BEST activity for kids)
~ iron (lowest setting)
~ paper (I used sulphite paper cut into 8.5 x 11 to fit through printer)
~ tempera paint (optional)
1. Print out your templates.
2. Fold the paper in half, then unfold. It’s helpful to have that fold line there before you start.
3. Start shaving crayon bits. We found that a limited palette worked best. Try and pick colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example: blue-purple-pink, or red-orange-yellow, or green-turquoise-blue. This way, you will avoid all of the crayons melting together and making brown.
4. When your butterfly looks filled in, fold over the paper in half.
5. Place a piece of parchment paper over the folded butterfly and iron in two-second motions. It won’t take more than 15 seconds for the crayons to be melted.
6. Open it up! Fill in with tempera paint if you’d like to.
6. Once completely dry, cut out the butterflies with scissors.
Note about technique: We used a few techniques. One of my daughters liked to fill up the entire butterfly with crayon shavings in a gradient, ombre pattern. The other daughter was a bit more sparse with her shavings and left some white paper to paint afterwards. The fun part about this craft is that you can try a million different ways because they are really fast and easy (and awesome) to make.
I made a short movie if you want to see the technique in action.
When they are all dry, hang them up with some washi tape, which becomes the butterfly’s head!
I hope I’ve convinced you to try. If you do it with little kids, make sure to set the iron far away from their little elbows. But let them help you melt the crayons, it’s part of the fun!