Paint Crafts

Framed Stained Glass

The Framed Stained Glass paint craft.
The Framed Stained Glass paint craft.

Create the Framed Stained Glass work of art and share its beauty with your family and friends -- even people walking by outside. When you hang this paint craft in the window, the colors will shimmer and dazzle in the sunlight.

Keep your eye out for stained glass windows in your neighborhood or look at pictures of stained glass windows in a book or on a website. What colors look the best? What kinds of people and animals can you see? Use these ideas in your piece of stained glass.

What You'll Need:

  • Picture frame
  • Paper towel
  • Glass cleaner
  • Electrician's tape or duct tape
  • Newspaper
  • Black marker
  • Acrylic paints
  • Cornstarch
  • Small containers
  • Squeeze bottle or plastic sandwich bag
  • Blunt ­scissors
  • Paintbrush

Note: Adult help needed.Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Have an adult remove a piece of glass from a picture frame. Carefully wipe it with glass cleaner and a paper towel to remove any dust or smudges.

Step 3: With an adult's help, put tape around the edges of the glass. Then draw your design on the glass using black marker. Use lines to break up the picture into shapes with a geometric background.

Step 4: Add in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch at a time with black acrylic paint until it becomes thick like frosting. Put the mixture in a squeeze bottle or in a plastic sandwich bag; cut a tiny piece off the tip of the bag. Carefully squeeze the mixture over your marker outline. Let it dry completely.

Step 5: Thin out the acrylic paints with water in small containers. Paint in the stained glass design. After the paint has dried, remove the tape and place the glass in the frame.

Now hang your Framed Stained Glass artwork in a sunny window so everyone can enjoy your multi-colored creation.

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