Crayon Window Art

Recycled Crayon Craft

Child drawing with crayons
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Kids can be pretty rough on their crayons. They peel off the paper, rub them down to nubs, crush them under toy car wheels, and sometimes break them in half just for thrills. The good news is that there are ways to give wax crayons new life. One way is to melt them down into new crayons. Another idea is to create crayon window art with shredded bits of crayons. This easy-to-do art project makes an excellent display for any window in your home and is a nice idea for holiday gifts from your toddler to a grandparent or relative.


  • crayons broken up or shredded into small pieces
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • clothing iron
  • dish towel or other light cotton cloth
  • pencil
  • optional: stencil or traceable design


  1. Have your child roll out the wax paper. Using child scissors and putting your fingers with her fingers in the scissor handles, cut out two equal lengths of paper.
  2. Using a pencil, lightly trace a stencil image onto one of he wax paper sheets or create a shape freehand such as a heart.
  3. Model how to sprinkle the crayon pieces onto the design you've drawn. Let your child fill the picture creating any pattern or display she wishes.
  4. Place the wax sheet on an ironing board. Put the other wax sheet over the bottom one and then place the towel over the double layer of wax paper.
  5. Using the iron on a medium to high heat setting, press down on the towel. Be sure to iron over the entire design area. Iron over the towel multiple times for at least five minutes.
  1. Allow the papers to cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Help your child use the scissors to cut out the shape. You may need to maneuver around chunks of crayon that overlap the pencil marks. You can later pull out the chunks that are in the way and tidy up the outline if you wish.
  3. Put a hole through the top to hang your child's artwork or tape it right to the window for a stain-glass effect.


    • Shredding the crayons (literally with a cheese shredder) makes artwork that is smoother, but it's more work. You can create a great affect with chunkier bits that you make by breaking the crayons with your fingers. Another option is to put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a meat tenderizer or other heavy object.
    • You can cut out a frame for your shape from colored construction paper. Trace the shape onto the construction paper, cut it out, tape the edges of the wax paper design to the construction paper so it can rest inside the cut out.

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