Kids are more environmentally aware than most adults. This is a wonderful way to replace those single use plastics at home. It’s surprising how easy it is to make them yourself and they make wonderful gifts especially with the kids personalized art work. We found it is also a perfect Earth Day activity for the classroom.
- White cotton sheet
- Fabric scissors
- T-shirt markers
- Parchment paper
- An iron (or oven)
- An old iron cover for iron board (or old sheets)
- Start with ironing your cotton sheet to remove any creases and folds.
- Cut desired sizes of the cotton sheet with fabric scissors. (We like using zigzag scissors to avoid threads coming loose)
- Let kids create their own masterpieces with t-shirt markers.
- Make sure to follow the instructions of the t-shirt markers to allow them to dry. (You often need to iron them after the markers are completely dry)
- Place each piece of art flat on parchment paper.
- Sprinkle beeswax on each sheet.
- Cover with parchment paper and either iron gently until the wax is melted or place them in the oven at 300° F for a couple of minutes.
If you are using an iron to melt the wax, make sure you use plenty of parchment paper to avoid getting wax on the iron or on your iron board. (it is best to cover with old sheets, just in case)
If you are using an oven you may need a brush to spread melted wax around.
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