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...

10 comments:

Michelle said...

How awesome!!!! It looks so pretty and I love that you can change it out! Great find :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and feel free to use any posts you would like!

Plain Graces said...

Great!

I am a junker. I bring home the weirdest stuff.

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