We are big on holiday decorations any time of the year, but especially during winter when we welcome any opportunity to celebrate. As soon as Christmas decorations come down, we start decorating for Valentine’s Day and the day after Valentine’s Day we put up St. Patrick’s Day décor. Ever since we discovered that melted crayons offer endless opportunity for exploration, we’ve been doing some variation of this project for each holiday, and of course, we made melted Shamrock leaves too. It’s especially lucky that we had a few days in the 50s lately and I managed to wash the windows in the dining room. Now the melted Shamrock leaves look especially festive against the bright sunlight streaming through the clean windows. It’s a fun, kid-friendly project and you probably have everything you need in your home already.
What you need
Green crayons (waxed)
Handheld pencil sharpener
Needle and thread (for hanging)
Melted Shamrock Leaves – What to do
- Prep work: shave crayons in a bowl.
2. Leaf shapes: trace and cut out leaves of various sizes. I like to save time by folding waxed paper a few times and cutting multiple leaves in one go.
3. Ironing: I like to put a towel on a kitchen counter, then cover it with a glossy magazine or paper bag or anything else from a recycle bin to protect the surface. Place one leaf down, scatter crayon shavings evenly, (but not thickly), cover with the second leaf. Cover with a few pages from a magazine or with craft paper to protect your iron. Run iron lightly, checking right away. It melts instantly.
4. Optional. Add more shavings, if leaf doesn’t look completely covered. Let cool.
5. Using a needle, string each leaf with thread for hanging.
Repeat until you have enough leaves!
What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day craft?