Thursday, August 4, 2011
Stained Glass Window Art
A few years ago I found an old window shutter at a garage sale for $1 and just had to have it. A few of the slats were missing, so I removed them and filled the void with melted wax paper and crayons. I tapped into my inner child and crafted alongside the children.
I was able to choose colors and accents that fit my bathroom scheme and I was only out a few feet of wax paper and some old crayons. It took a few minutes to shave the crayons, but it was worth the hand cramps.
The children created stained glass hearts and butterflies, while I demonstrated the technique using my window covering. The children loved watching the colors melt and blend after I pressed the papers with my iron.
We are easy to please at this house...
Another bonus is that I am also able to change out the paper on a whim's notice to fit the season. I choose printed scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the rectangles. It's cheap and cute. However, I prefer my recycled stained glass version the best.
Recently, I read in FAMILY FUN how they crafted non-staining glass with plastic wrap and tissue paper. This idea made me excited to try a technique that I used when I taught. It involves contact paper and colored tissue paper. We would use this to make fall leaves, butterflies, tulips, hearts, and a variety of seasonal or thematic shapes to hang in the classroom windows.
I need to remember to pick up contact paper the next time I am in town and hopefully a fun post will ensue...