A little scribbling can be a super boredom buster for kids of any age. This fun artistic exercise helps to scratch out stress as well. In a flash, you can assemble a bunch of youngsters, grab a pile of broken crayons and get started.
What materials will you need to make crayon etchings?
Only a few basic craft supplies are needed for making crayon etchings.
- Several sheets of old newspaper
- A big pile of broken crayons (any colors)
- Solid (light colored) construction or sturdy copy paper (at least one sheet per crafter)
- Several wooden craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
- 1 pair of scissors (per crafter)
- Clear plastic tape
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Follow these simple instructions to make crayon etchings
First, cover a large table or counter with several layers of old newspapers.
Give each child (or crafter) a pile of broken crayons (in various colors). Instruct the young participants to unwrap all crayon pieces fully, and discard the crayon wrappings.
Place a sheet of solid paper on top of the newspaper in front of each child (or crafter).
Tell the children (or crafters) to create their own multicolored imaginative patterns or designs (in crayon) on their sheets of paper. These images need not be actual pictures. In fact, for crayon etchings, it is usually better to keep the coloring more abstract. Children (or crafters) need to fill their entire papers with colored crayon drawing. For the best results, participants should press fairly hard with their crayons.
Next, direct the children to color over their multi-hued designs with solid black crayon, pressing quite firmly. The easiest way to do this is to hold the black crayon flat against the paper, and drag it side to side (or up and down). When the children (or crafters) have finished this step, their papers will be solid black and shiny from the heavy wax coloring.
Hand out wooden craft sticks (popsicle sticks), giving one to each child (or crafter). Tell the children to use the wooden sticks to etch their own creative designs into the black crayon layer. This will reveal the multi-colored background. (Toothpicks also work, although they require a little more dexterity.)
Instruct the children (or crafters) to trim their completed crayon etching crafts into their choices of shapes.
Finally, tape the crayon etchings to a window for the most dramatic effect. The crayon etchings are mostly opaque, but they also act as colorful sun-catchers in the window.
Even the youngest children love to make crayon etchings, and this creative crayon craft is a fun classroom project for school or Sunday school. Crayon etchings can also be great gifts or decorations for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or any other special occasion.