Nature Craft Projects for Kids

Sparkling Stained Glass

Make a sparkling stained glass ornament.
Make a sparkling stained glass ornament.
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Delicate pressed flowers sparkle like crystals in these delightful sun catchers. They are called sparkling stained glass for kids, but you can make them easily with glass bevels and colored tape.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 glass bevels, 4 inches square each
  • Pressed flowers
  • Colored duct tape or electrician's tape
  • Ribbon to match flower colors
  • Paper towels
  • Tacky glue
  • Toothpick
  • Paper clip
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)

Step 1: Wipe the glass bevels perfectly clean of dust or fingerprints, and place one on your work table, flat side up.

Step 2: Place pressed flowers on the glass, making a pretty design with one point of the square as the top of your picture.

Step 3: Stick the flowers in place with tiny dots of white glue applied with a toothpick. Let glue dry overnight.

Glue the flowers onto the beveled glass. Glue the flowers onto the beveled glass.
Glue the flowers onto the beveled glass.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 4: Cut 4 strips of tape, 1/2 inch wide and about an inch longer than the sides of your glass.

Step 5: Straighten the paper clip out, then bend it to make a loop in the center with the 2 ends forming the points of a triangle.

Step 6: Wrap tape around the 2 bottom sides of the bevels, securing them together. Take care to make your tape smooth and straight.

Step 7: Hold the bent paper clip in place at the top point, with the wire ends laying along the bevel sides. Tape over these wires as you secure the top sides together. (If the glass is very heavy, use a glue gun to glue the paper clip to the glass before taping it in place.)

Step 8: Neatly trim the tape at the corners.

Step 9: Tie a ribbon onto the loop and hang your beautiful crystal in a sunny window.

See the next page for instructions on making another decorative nature craft project -- elves and hedgehogs!

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