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You’ve probably seen beautiful buildings with stained glass. It may look fancy and expensive, but did you know that you and your kids can make an inexpensive and fun project that looks like stained glass?
There are a couple of different ways to make fake stained glass with your kids, but here is our favorite.
To get started, all you need is painter’s tape, chalk markers, some glass cleaner, and your imagination. You can use any glass surface in the house. You might prefer to use a window or piece of glass that gets a lot of sunlight so you can get the full effect of this project.
Chalk markers are a fun coloring tool that you might not have seen before. They are markers with thick tips that are water soluble. That means that the marks they make dissolve with water, so it’s easy to clean the glass and even create another project. You can buy the markers from different retailers, and we chose Amazon.
Another good tip is to reuse a bottle or other container in your house to store your stained glass kit.
We chose to create this project on our front door so we could always see our creation when we arrived home.
What’s the Goal?
The goal here is to make your window or piece of glass look like stunning stained glass. The kids will have a ton of fun creating the project, and the result will last as long as you want it to last.
You’ll be using painter’s tape to mark off different sections and using chalk markers to paint glass. The result is a gorgeous geometric pattern that takes very little effort or practice.
As an added bonus, creating art can be an excellent way to relieve stress. With less stress in our lives, we could be less likely to turn to alcohol or drugs and need help from an alcohol addiction treatment center. Instead, we’ll be participating in an activity the entire family can enjoy — and creating a stunning work of art in the process!
The first step is to clean the window. You definitely want it to be clean on the side you’ll be coloring, but to achieve the best effect, it’s a good idea to clean both sides.
After cleaning, it’s time to start taping off different areas on the window. It’s very important to use painter’s tape. Other types of tape can damage the glass and might not produce the desired outcome with your work.
We used painter’s tape that was a little thicker, but it doesn’t matter what thickness you use. Remember that wherever you tape will appear as regular (clear) glass when the project is done.
Get creative with the tape. Let the kids make long lines and different shapes. Overlap the tape in different spots to create even cooler results.
When you finish taping, your prep work is done. It’s time for the fun stuff.
Get to Coloring
Now it’s time to start coloring. Chalk markers are really cool doodle tools. They’re easy to hold and easy to use. It’s hard to make a mistake when you use them, so they’re perfect for kids of all ages.
The method for creating your window is to color everywhere that tape isn’t. You can mix the colors you use. Remember to try to stagger where you use the colors. You’ll like how your window looks if every shape has a different colored shape next to it.
Fill your shapes in completely. It doesn’t matter if you color on the tape, because the marker won’t bleed through.
We suggest using the most vibrant chalk marker colors you can find. If this is a window or piece of art that faces the street, the vivid color will draw everyone’s attention and they’ll love it.
Make sure you’re satisfied with the coloring of the shapes before you move to the next step. If the kids make a mistake, don’t worry about it. A little water and a paper towel can clean up the area and they can recolor an area.
When you’re done coloring, it’s time for the grand reveal.
The Grand Reveal
Gather the kids around and start peeling off the tape. It might be easier for the adults to tackle this step because there’s a bit of patience and technique required to pull the tape off without smudging the colored areas.
All of the tape needs to be pulled off so the glass looks good.
Ask everyone to take a step back to take a look at their creation. After the excitement dies down, take everyone outside and look at the window or glass from the other side. It can help them realize that their art will be proudly displayed for everyone to see. It can help brighten a person’s day during tough times.
This brief description illustrates that there’s an easy way to make fake stained glass with your kids. As an added bonus, this craft doesn’t cost a lot of money and you can reuse many of the materials for your next project.
When you want to change the design, just pour some water on a paper towel and use it to scrub the glass. If you use a little glass cleaner on the area, you’ll be ready to make a new creation in no time.
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