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DIY Faux Stained Glass Lantern

Age 6 and up (adult supervision needed for iron use)

Simple enough for kids but teens love it too!


  • Wax paper
  • Lots of crayons in multiple colors
  • Crayon sharpeners
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue gun or glue or tape
  • Battery powered tea lights
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Newspaper


Set up two different stations so kids can complete different tasks at the same time: one station with craft sticks and glue and one station with wax paper, crayons and sharpeners. The iron should be set up separately and only used by an adult.

Glue four craft sticks together to make a square. Make four squares. 

Rip off a long piece of wax paper. Sharpen crayons and place shavings on the wax paper. Arrange shavings in color scheme desired. Fold wax paper in half. 

Bring wax paper over to the iron. Place a piece of newspaper on the ironing board. Place wax paper on top of newspaper on the ironing board and then place some newspaper on top of the wax paper. (Using the newspaper helps absorb any crayon that melts out of the wax paper and protects the iron.)  With the iron on medium heat, run it across the paper with a small amount of pressure. This will melt the crayon shavings and fuse the wax paper together.

After wax paper cools, cut into squares slightly smaller than the craft stick squares. Glue or tape each wax paper square inside of each craft stick square. Carefully glue or tape the squares together forming a box. Put the tea light inside and voila! 

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