Stained Glass Crafts for Kids

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Gryphon Adams

    About the Author

    Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.

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    Overview

    Many children enjoy making crafts for gifts and for displaying at school and home. Stained-glass crafts add the fun of making an art project that shines color from a window or candle. A stained-glass craft made from tissue paper and cellophane teaches kids about combining colors and learning art concepts, according to Clevelandart.org. With safe materials that mimic the effect of stained glass, kids can make their own "stained-glass" designs.

    Cellophane Stained Glass

    Have children create their own patterns by drawing on lightweight cardboard. Help them cut out the cardboard pieces to use as patterns to trace onto cellophane. Felt-tip pens work best for drawing on cellophane. Colored gels -- used for stage lighting -- from a theatrical supply store also work for this. Older children can practice drawing their own designs, and younger children can work with pre-cut pieces of cellophane. Help the children paint craft sticks and glue them together to make a frame or try black construction paper for a frame.
    Instead of hanging the projects on the wall or refrigerator, turn the stained glass into a sun-catcher project by punching a hole in the top of the frame. Use fishing line to hang the artwork from the hole or tie the line around the top of the craft-stick frame.

    Tissue Paper Stained Glass

    Younger children can make a stained glass window craft using a stencil of a basic design--such as a flower sun with rays, rocket ship, car or a seasonal decoration. Select images with simple lines that younger children will be able to cut out with safety scissors. Use a pencil to draw the stencil pattern on black construction paper. Help the young children cut out the outline and glue or tape different colors of tissue paper on the back of the construction paper to create the stained-glass effect.
    For very young children, cut squares of different-colored tissue paper ahead of time. Older children can use stencils that are more complex or can draw their own designs. They may enjoy trying abstract forms or copying stained-glass art from books or websites. Metallic paper makes another effective choice for this craft project and resists fading, so the artwork lasts longer than construction paper crafts.

    Painted Stained Glass Window

    Acetate provides an effective material for a stained-glass project and can give older children a chance to make detailed drawings. Provide felt pens with water-soluble ink for creating and coloring. Stencils provide an option for children of all ages to make basic stained-glass designs. They also help with group decorating projects for holidays.
    Teens might enjoy using black puff paint and watercolors for a stained-glass project. The puff paint mimics the look of stained glass solder, allowing young artists to copy or design their own realistic stained glass artwork. Provide some inexpensive frames for the kids to use for their finished projects.

    Wax Melt Stained Glass

    Find a new use for old, broken crayons and make stained glass window art at the same time. Lay out a piece of waxed paper on the work surface and let children use a pencil sharpener or kitchen grater to make crayon shavings on the paper. Spread them out so that the surface is covered without hills of crayon, then add another sheet of waxed paper on top. Carefully iron the sheets to melt and spread the crayon wax. When the "glass" has cooled, children can cut it into different shapes to hang in the window or add a construction paper frame.

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