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Crayon Stained-Glass Heart Cards

When arranged in a heart shape, the crayon shavings we used to create colorful butterflies as children can reap decidedly more romantic results.




As Martha and her two young friends Blaney and Meghan demonstrate, the process is easy, and best of all, the result is endearing -- a vividly hued, handcrafted valentine affectionately inscribed to the one you love.


  • Waxed paper
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Crayons
  • Bone folder
  • Iron
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Shave the crayons using a pencil sharpener. Sprinkle the shavings on waxed paper (keep in mind that the more liberal you are with the shavings, the more opaque the color will be). Fold the paper in half, then fold the edges to prevent the melted-crayon mixture from leaking.

  2. Step 2

    To make the card's frame, fold a piece of construction paper in half, and cut it to the size of an envelope. Gently fold it in half again, and draw half of a heart on the fold line. Cut out the heart, unfold, and smooth out the crease using a bone folder.

  3. Step 3

    Iron the folded waxed paper on a medium setting until the shavings melt. To prevent leaks, place a few sheets of scrap paper on the top and the bottom. Cut the "stained glass" waxed paper slightly smaller than card. Slip the waxed paper inside the card, and tape it closed using double-sided tape. Write a greeting for the recipient, and slip the card inside an envelope; or hang it from the window as a festive decoration.

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Reviews (6)

  • Craftymom 17 Feb, 2014

    This is an easy but time consuming project. The bulk of the time spent on making the crayon shavings. Once that's finally done, it's fun. My advice is to start with a very small amount of shavings. They melt quickly and spread rapidly. This way you don't have to deal with a huge mess of wax on your iron and board and you really don't need much to make a beautiful pattern of color. It's fun to experiment with colors, and I varied the heart cut-out combinations on the cards.

  • pinkcadillac 8 Feb, 2013

    Bonjour Laudine, le papier çiré a vraiment de la cire dessus que l'on peut gratter légèrement avec l'ongle, celui dont vous parlez est le papier sulfurisé, si vous utilisez ce papier la çire ne se mélangera pas avec la çire du papier,( étant donné que le papier sulfurisé n'est pas çiré) donc le crayon rapé va couler et de plus vous ne pourez voir à travers le papier sulfurisé. Il vaut mieux acheter un rouleau et lire sur la boîte `papier çiré` ou waxed paper. Bon succès!!

  • Laudine 1 Feb, 2013

    I am French and I am not sure about what "waxed paper" is. Is it the paper you use when cooking (like the one you put under your pie before puting it in the oven) ? Thank you so much and sorry about my terrible English !

  • CowPatti45 29 Jan, 2012

    I used this concept to make hearts to suspend from the ceiling of my china cabinet. It looks so festive and pretty amongst my antique china treasures, that even my son and husband commented on how pretty the display looks.

  • NatiV 18 Jan, 2011

    this is so pretty! i have some unused crayons which i don't know what to do with so i will give this a go

  • praline 15 Feb, 2008

    This is so easy. Make sure you don't use to many shavings. You need to melt it all to get this affect and if you use to much it will run out the sides. Put a brown paper bag underneath your work. This will protect your surface you working on.