3 Wax Paper Craft Projects

Beth Asaff
Faux lantern

Wax paper is far more versatile than you may think. In addition to being a fantastic sandwich wrap at the deli, you can also use wax paper to do a whole host of different craft projects. From the simple to the complex, paper is an inexpensive and fun medium to work with. Try one of these crafts to get your creative process going.

Wax Paper Faux Lantern

Light up the night with a few battery-operated tea lights and this wax paper lantern.

Materials

  • Several thin tree branches
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Battery-operated tea lights

Instructions

Base of lantern
Create a frame for the base.
Lantern frame
Finished lantern frame.
  1. Break some of the tree branches into 12 sticks about 5 inches in length.
  2. Break the remaining branches into 4 sticks about 8 inches in length.
  3. Spread a piece of wax paper out on a flat surface to catch any glue drips.
  4. Take four of the 5-inch sticks and arrange them in the shape of a square on the wax paper.
  5. Glue their ends together so they form a solid piece.
  6. Glue an 8-inch stick into each of the corners of your bottom piece, holding the stick erect until the glue dries.
  7. Glue four more 5-inch sticks to the tops of the vertical sticks to form an upper frame.
  8. Take the four remaining sticks and glue them to the upper corners of the frame, angling in toward each other to form a pitched roof. Glue the tips together at the top for security.
  9. Peel the wax paper off the bottom and clean up any glue strings.
  10. Cut four pieces of wax paper into triangles with 5-1/2-inch sides.
  11. Carefully glue one edge of each of the triangles to the inside of the roof of the lantern. Stretch the other side over and glue to the corresponding pole. Trim off any excess paper.
  12. Cut four more pieces of wax paper into rectangles approximately 5-1/2 by 8-1/2-inches.
  13. Glue these to the interior of the lantern's sides. Leave the bottom of the lantern open for access.
  14. Use the lantern by placing it over two or three battery operated tea lights. Do not use with real candles, as this would be a fire hazard.

Faux Shell Mobile

Faux shell mobile

Hang this faux shell mobile below or around any light fixture and fool your guests into thinking you have a Capiz shell fixture hanging there.

Materials

  • Wax paper
  • Shape punch or scissors
  • String
  • Iron
  • Ring or wreath form

Instructions

Laid out circles
Place string between two shapes.
  1. Punch or cut approximately 200, 2-inch shapes from the wax paper. These may be circles, hearts, butterflies or any simple shape, provided that each is the same size.
  2. Lay out about 15 to 20 shapes in a row on a flat surface.
  3. Cut a string approximately 24-inches long and stretch it from the center of the first shape to about 5 or 6 inches past the last shape.
  4. Cover each shape with a second shape completely so the string is caught between them like a sandwich filling.
  5. Turn your iron to high and press each shape for about 20 seconds to fuse the two layers together and trap the string between them.
  6. Repeat until you have used all the wax paper shapes.
  7. Tie or glue the loose ends of the strings to the ring or wreath form so they dangle evenly off all sides.
  8. Hang up your mobile.

Preserving Leaves

Pressed leaves

Preserve some fall leaves or make a leaf collage by trapping the leaves between layers of wax paper. Use the finished items as placemats, window hangings, or for any other decorative purpose.

Materials

Laid out leaves
Arrange leaves on wax paper.
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Leaf or leaves
  • Iron
  • Old t-shirt

Instructions

Paper on leaves
Cover with another sheet and iron.
  1. Cut a piece of wax paper to your desired size.
  2. Place a leaf or a series of leaves on the paper and cover with a second sheet of wax paper.
  3. Carefully place your wax paper and leaf sandwich inside an old t-shirt to help it stay together and flat.
  4. Iron the t-shirt, checking every so often until the wax paper has fused together and the leaves are immobile inside.
  5. Trim the paper around the leaves if desired, leaving a small border around each leaf to ensure they remain encapsulated.

Get Your Craft On

Wax paper is such a readily available and inexpensive crafting material that once you begin to use it, you'll have no trouble finding countless other projects you want to take on. Try these wax paper crafts as a fun way to introduce yourself to the material and all the different things you can do with it.

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3 Wax Paper Craft Projects