At the end of my candy cane round-up, I promised you our own candy cane project. And, here it is - our crayon resist candy canes. After a short art lesson and a little bit of magic, we had a pretty new Christmas decoration.
White oil pastels or crayons
Red liquid water color
Green paper (or color of your choice)
To prep this project, I drew a simple candy cane shape on white paper. We used white copy paper because that is what I had on hand. Thicker drawing paper or watercolor paper will give you a much crisper image. I then gave the girls the white oil pastels and had them color in some stripes. After a few cries of "I can't see it Mommy," and a promise that the stripes wouldn't stay invisible for too long, they started working. Make sure to apply the oil pastels or crayons thick. I gave the girls free reign on this project, so some of their white stripes were lighter than they should have been.
After the stripes were done, it was time to paint. This is where the magic happens. We used our red liquid water colors and started painting. It was fun to see the paint bead up over the white stripes and disappear!
After the paint had dried, the girls cut out their candy canes and glued them onto green paper. They added embellishments with gold paint pens and we hung them up to enjoy them all season long.
Have you been doing any Christmas crafts yet?