Finding a way to enjoy a rainy day is good for the soul, and we’ve been having LOTS of rainy days here in St. John’s lately. As parents we struggle sometimes to entertain kids when the weather prevents us from getting outside.
Today’s post is a craft idea that is perfect for kids, say, ages 3+, but also totally fun for adults!
Materials needed for this project:
- A white (or light colored) cotton pillowcase
- A permanent black Sharpie
- A pack of Crayola crayons
- Wax paper
- An iron & ironing board
- A piece of cardboard that fits inside your pillowcase
- A coloring book/sheet (optional)
To start, put the piece of cardboard in the pillowcase. If you don’t do this, your Sharpie will leak through to the other side. The cardboard also makes the coloring a little easier.
You can either trace or freehand a design. Trace/draw with your Sharpie. It may be best to have an adult do this part.
Once the design is drawn, it’s coloring time!
Once the design is colored, heat up your iron using the Cotton setting. No steam. Remove the cardboard from inside the pillowcase. Take your wax paper and place the waxy side on the design. You will iron on the non-wax side which will cause the wax to melt onto your design, sealing in the crayon.
If you aren’t sure which side of the paper is wax, scratch each side with your fingernail a little. The wax side will turn white.
These pillowcases can be washed and the crayon will fade a bit over time but generally it does hold up quite well!
I have made these for friends over the years as gifts, particularly one friend who moved away from home for university. I put it in her suitcase before she left, and when she arrived in her dorm room she was delighted to have a little something from home.