Marbled Paper, The Easy Way
Okay, so this is seriously the cheapest, funnest craft I’ve done so far. Seriously. All you need are crayons, paper, aluminum foil, and an electric skillet (or stove and skillet or hot plate and skillet). Oh, and some chopsticks or pencils. What you need to do is:
- Line your skillet with foil.
- After your skillet is heated, rub a crayon on the foil, as if you’re coloring the foil.
- You can use one color or several colors, just keep melting crayons until the wax has pooled a bit on the foil. You want the wax to pool; if it’s clumping or dries quickly, turn the heat up. Crayola crayons seem to have a higher melting point than other brands I tried.
- Cover the melted wax with paper, pressing the paper down with chopsticks or other implement.
- Peel the paper off and let it dry.
- If you need to, you can clean the foil with a wet paper towel.
And that’s it. The wax dries really fast, and if you have die cuts, you can cut out shapes and letters to make cards. Or, as some of the teens who came to this program did, use the die cuts to cut out letters for that big assignment you have to turn in tomorrow.
I found this project fun mainly because, “Heat source! Heat source!” Okay, that doesn’t quite have the same ring as “Fire! Fire!” It’s the element of danger the heat provides. I know it’s no power saw or anything, but in a library, this is probably as dangerous as you can get. Anyway, an alternative project would be dyeing paper with shaving cream. I have not used the shaving cream technique, but our Children’s Librarian has, if you’re afraid of participants burning themselves.