Crayon shavings melted between wax paper and then cut into hearts make a stunning display in windows.  I can’t think of anything more cheerful or happy hanging from a window.

crayon shaving hearts hanging hearts in window

Crayon Shaving Art

Crayon shaving art is an oldie but goodie craft that we love. Use crayon shavings melted between wax paper to make beautiful suncatchers.  Here are ours made with lots of kid help! It is the perfect way to use up old broken crayons.

How to Make Wax Paper Crayon Hearts

Using a handheld pencil sharpener, shave down unwrapped crayons to create crayon shavings in the colors of your choice. We made a lot of shavings since the boys found it so satisfying.

child shaving crayons

Place shavings on a piece of wax paper.

crayon shavings laying on wax paper

Either place another piece of wax paper on top or fold over the edge to cover all of the shavings.

Iron on the lowest setting for about 1 second. You can go always go longer after checking to see if the shavings have melted. Be careful to not burn the wax paper. Protect your ironing board by using parchment paper or newspaper to iron on. Some crayon wax could leak out of the sides and it does leave a residue underneath the wax paper. If you are worried about your iron, just place your wax paper between two sheets of newspaper or scrap paper.
ironing crayon shavings melted crayon between wax paper

Stained Glass Heart Patterns

I think it is easiest for kids to trace around cardboard so I took cereal boxes and cut out heart shapes to be used for patterns. This is where you get a variety so let the kids draw the hearts. If you don’t want to draw your own hearts here are some paper heart templates.

heart template

Draw around the pattern and cut out the heart with scissors.


Place a hole punch at the top and tie on ribbon, thread or fishing line. Hang! The melted crayon makes such a pretty “stained glass” heart.

crayon shaving heart

Martha has directions and a gorgeous display at her place.


A festive and fun craft idea for Valentines Day.

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  5. I am having a sixth birthday party for my dd tomorrow. She picked out heart themed table clothes and cups. If we have time that would be great affordable, fun decor for the party. Thanks for the idea.

  6. If you do get wax on your ironing board, you can use a brown paper bag, lay it on top of the wax and then iron on the bag and all the wax will be picked up by the bag. Just in case it happens…. =)

  7. Wow ! what a great Idea. Im deff going to do these with my 4 1/2 year old. I think we might do butterflys instead of hearts

  8. I did this craft, thanks to you! Valentines Day is over, however I’m leaving them up for a while longer. They are so pretty hanging in front of a window!

  9. These are really adorable. I could even see making them in the shape or Easter eggs using all sorts of bright colors. Perhaps stars and stripes for summer holidays like Memorial Day and 4th of July. Why not fall leaves, with shades of yellow orange and browns? How about Evergreen trees and presents for Christmas?

  10. Awesome Idea…. This might be an oldie but I have never heard of doing this before. Awesome sight you have. Lots of great ideas. Thanks

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