Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kid Craft: Stained Glass Art


 Since Little One and I spent Valentine's Day en route back to the Island after a lovely mini vacation with my brother and his family, we made our Valentine's craft today.  She really wanted to make Valentine's hearts, and she loves making art work for her windows in her bedroom.  We ended up making "stained glass" art with wax crayon shavings and wax paper.
 For this craft, you will need:
  • Crayons (great way to use up old or broken crayons)
  • Wax paper
  • scissors
  • string
  • toothpick
  • tape
  • towel
  • hair dryer (you can use an iron, but the thought of a hot iron and my three year old daughter being anywhere near it just makes me really, REALLY nervous)
1. On a sheet of wax paper, shave wax crayons with scissors. I used assorted shades of blues and some white for mine. Little One used pinks, oranges, reds, and a few other colours.

2. Place towel under wax paper and fold wax paper in half.

3. With the hair dryer, heat wax paper and crayons until the shavings are all melted and the wax paper melts (so that it seals).

4. With your scissors, cut in desired shapes. We made hearts because...Well, it's Valentine's Day!

5. With a toothpick, carefully prick a hole through the wax paper.  Run your string through the hole, et voila! Now you can hang your stained glass art!


 The finished product:


 Here's another window art craft we did a few weeks ago.

My friend came up with this craft idea for our play date.  It was supposed to be "snowflake art", but with 2, 3, and 4 year old children, it turned into "big globs of colour art"!

You will need:
  • white glue
  • dish soap 
  • food colouring
  • transparency sheets or plastic sheet protectors
  • bottles with nozzles that the kids can squeeze the glue/soap/food colouring mixture from
1. Put white glue into squeezable blottles and add a drop or two of dishsoap.
2. Mix food colouring into the glue/soap mixture.
3. On a plastic transparency sheet/page protector, let children make their designs with the glue. For older kids, you could place the clear sheet over an image from a colouring book and they can trace it. We were going to make snowflakes, but the kids had other things in mind. The big globs of colour were kind of neat and creative!
 4. Let dry overnight or longer. When the glue is completely dry, it will change colour.
 5. Peel the stained glass art off of the clear plastic sheet and place shiny side onto glass window.

 View from Little One's room. Can you tell she loves decorating her windows?  The great thing is that all of these can be easily removed from your glass windows. They are not permanent! :)
There you go! A fun and easy craft you can do with your children!

14 comments:

Heather said...

i remember doing that wax paper craft when I was a kid...I'll have to get my oldest onto this, she'll love it!

Just Us Girls said...

Glad you had a great trip visiting your family! :)

These are great little projects for the kiddos and I to do, awesome ideas, thanks!

katrina Brady said...

I love these! Why wouldn't she want to proudly portray her artwork! :) It's beautiful

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

Some really fun ideas here :) I love kid crafts!

Nicole said...

Glad you had a great trip!

I always love learning new crafts! Thanks for sharing!

Leslie said...

Very cute! I'll have to start collecting broken crayons :D

Little Miss Kate said...

LOVE the idea of using a hair dryer - hot but not too hot!

Christine said...

Heather:
Now that you mention it, I vaguely remember doing this when I was a kid too! That seems like AGES ago! LOL!

Just Us Girls:
Thank you :) It was a really great trip! So sad that Little One was upset when we had to leave. She adores her cousins. Sad that we live about 10 hrs away!

The crafts are fun and easy. Clean up is pretty easy too! That's a big bonus for me! From a mom with a 3 year old, I need to learn to ease up with the mess. I can't stand mess :( LOL!

Christine said...

Katrina:
LOL! The windows in her room...total overkill! The kid has them COVERED with various types of stained glass art! :)

MTM:
Me too! I love kid art. I have Little One's art work displayed on the walls in her toy room :) I wish I could keep everything! She just produces SO MUCH art work though! LOL! Yeeesh! :)

Nicole:
Thanks! I'll try to post pics of our trip sometime this week or next. It was so cute to see Little One and her cousins together.

Christine said...

Leslie
:) Perfect solution for broken crayons!

Little Miss Kate:
Yeah. I'm pretty paranoid about irons! Well, paranoid about all things hot or sharp! When I was five years old, I wanted to see if the iron was hot (my mom had been ironing clothes). I put my hand (my entire palm) on the iron. Of course I got burned! Never touched an iron since. I'm not kidding. I think I've only ironed clothes maybe a handful of times!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Mommy Moment said...

Beautiful :)

Denise G said...

I remember doing crafts of a kid and loved it. This craft looks like a great one for children. So appropriate for VDay

Cherry said...

MUST REMEMBER THESE. great ideas.

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