Monday, December 5, 2011

Easy and Beautiful Waxed Snowflakes

Dipping ordinary paper snowflakes in wax will not only give them a subtle sheen, but will also make them durable enough to be used year after year. In addition, it makes them somewhat waterproof so that they will not be ruined by condensation if you put them on a window.

After you have cut your snowflakes (here are some excellent directions on how to make the really cool 6-sided ones), slowly heat household wax in a frying pan or a plug-in warming tray over low heat. Use an old pan that you can dedicate to melting wax, because after this, that is about all it will be good for. Once the wax has melted, lay the snowflake in the wax.


As soon as it is covered, use a tweezers or metal tongs to lift the snowflake out of the wax. Hold it over the pan and shake it gently for a few seconds until the wax stops dripping and is mostly dry. After about 15 seconds, you should be able to put it onto a plate and it can be handled within a minute.



That's it! Of course if you are working with children in a classroom setting you will need to be extra careful, but I first learned how to do this in a kindergarten classroom. The teacher used a warming tray and the children knew they had to stay away. You can do dozens of snowflakes with a single block of wax.

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Peggy Broadbent said...

I absolutely agree that “...art education is a crucial component for a child's personal development...” There are such tremendous gains for students when art is a significant part of their program.

I’m retired now but taught for many years. In my combined first and second grade classes, children freely participated in the art center during Choice Time. (The same
approach had been included in nursery school through third grades.) Readily available supplies were bought with school money and parents supplied a huge variety of junk materials. Much of art for the young child involves exploring a wide range of materials. It should include the process that is emphasized. During this process, children have opportunities to develop the very same cognitive traits necessary to succeed in academic areas. Opportunities for attaining academic success through art in school is not apt to be found in any other school activities.

See my 2 entries about an art center for young children:

http://peggybroadbent.com/blog/index.php?s=Children%27s+Explorations+in+an+Art+Center

http://peggybroadbent.com/blog/index.php?s=Young+Children%27s+Cognitive+Gains+Through+Art

Bonita said...

Just letting you know I linked to this post in my Snowflake Unit Study http://www.zujava.com/snowflake-study

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