“Stained Glass” Art

This is a great project for little ones who loves to use scissors, stickers and light.  Ok, so that’s probably most children, including mine.

Step One: Lay out a square piece of contact paper with the sticky side up.

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Step Two: Have your child cut and/or tear pieces of colored tissue paper of various sizes and shapes.  

Step Three: Let the sticking begin!  Might I suggest doing this activity with children when they are in their prime concentration mode.  There may have been a handful of tissue smashed on ours at one point.  I also didn’t put the wire hoop (we used thin copper wire because that’s what we had in the house) down until she was done sticking on the tissue.  Telling a 3-year-old to stick tissue “inside the circle” is pointless.  Besides, it wasn’t really necessary.

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Step Four: Lay the wire hoop down and cut a 2-inch area around it.  With the help of your child, cut slits to the wire all the way around, about 3-inches apart.  Then fold each piece around the wire to secure the paper in place.
 
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Step Five: Voila! The “stained glass” masterpiece is ready to be shaped and re-shaped.  Place it in front of a window or put a flashlight behind it for a fun lighting effect.
 
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This is artwork that can be used over and over, and manipulated by small hands.  It’s fun, it’s pretty, it’s cheap, it teaches motor skills, it’s not messy.  I will definitely do this again, and maybe after the nap instead of before.  
 
 
 
 
 
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One response to ““Stained Glass” Art

  1. Grandma C

    Great idea!

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