Crafts for Kids
Square Stained Glass Craft
by Leanne Guenther
Use this as a craft you can hang in your window.
There is an option at the bottom for younger kids, instead of melting
wax crayons (Crayola don't work as well as the cheap kind
for this project, though they do still work)
manual pencil sharpener (with a fairly large hole)
iron, ironing board and scrap paper (white computer paper or
brown paper bag)
glue stick or white glue
ADULT: Plug in the iron and cover the ironing board
with scrap paper. Set the iron to medium (no steam).
tear a piece of waxed paper that's square (or a bit longer
than it is wide) and fold it in half. Then unfold.
- take the paper off some crayons and 'sharpen' them in the pencil
sharpener. Let the shavings drop onto 1/2 the waxed paper.
- Feel free to use whatever colors you would prefer. You don't have
to completely fill the space, it will spread about a bit when you use
- when you have a nice pile of shavings refold the waxed paper.
- Fold about 1/2 inch around all the edges so none of the wax leaks
out when you iron.
- Place the waxed paper containing the shavings down on the ironing
board and cover with more scrap paper.
Iron for a few seconds. Peek and iron a bit more if necessary.
All the wax should melt. If you used multiple colours the longer you
iron, the more your colors will mix.
- You'll find that nothing happens, nothing happens, nothing happens
and then BAM it's totally melted, so just keep waiting a few seconds
at a time and peeking so you don't burn anything
- Let it sit about a minute to cool.
Fold a piece of construction paper in half and then in half again.
- don't crease very much (the less you crease it the better, but
young children may need it creased quite well)
- Print the template (link below) and cut out the half square shape.
Line up the flat edge of the half square shape with the folded
edge of the construction paper. Trace the half square shape onto the
construction paper. Cut out the half square.
- Unfold the last fold of the construction paper and you'll see the
square in the middle.
- Unfold the construction paper again and put glue around the cut
out square. Put your waxed paper ("stained glass") onto the glue and
cover the cut out shape.
Put glue around the cut out square on the other half of the
construction paper and fold it over so the 'stained glass' is
sandwiched between the construction paper.
Thanks Geri for sending this in!
"Have the kids color a picture with crayons. They can color dark or light -
it doesn't matter but the darker sometimes looks better. They really do look
like stained glass pictures, especially if the picture had heavy black lines."
Use crayons, NOT markers or colored pencils.
Have a few bowls with a VERY small amount of cooking oil
and a couple of cotton balls in them.
Have the kids flip the pages over and slowly and thoroughly
rub the cotton balls on the paper. (You'll see the paper turn transparent
and the colors come through).
Put them aside to dry (usually doesn't take long)!
Cut them out and either hang them as is with a hole punched
in them or frame them with construction paper.
Thanks Terri for sending this in!
"I have done for this to make it more suitable for younger kids. Instead of
using wax paper and melting crayons..."
Use clear Contact Paper and tissue paper pieces.
Put Contact Paper piece sticky side up on the table (may
need to tape it down).
Let kids stick tissue paper pieces to the sticky paper
Cover with another piece of Contact Paper sandwiching the
tissue in between.
Frame with dark construction paper as directed for the
melted crayon version.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the
template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in
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