I teach a class on Sunday mornings, to children ages 8 and up. Down the hall from my room is an adult class that teaches mosaics and stained glass. You have to be 15 years old to be in a glass class, much to my students disappointment. To remedy their jealousy, we did this project.
This project is more appropriate for older children, since it does take some advanced cutting skills, but I’m worked with children as young as seven years old. (When I use the word, “You” when giving instructions, you may either apply to term to yourself or the children you are possibly working with. This project can be done by adults, if you’d like.) When creating your faux stained glass window project, you will need the following supplies:
Black construction paper
Various colored and/or designed tissue paper
Take your sheet of black construction paper and hold it whichever way you’d like your “window” to be, either horizontal or vertical. Use your ruler, and mark a one centimeter border around the entire paper with your pencil. Any design you create should stay within the border.
The design the children chose should be a simple one. Designs with many small detailing can be frustrating for children when it comes to the cutting process. Ideas for designs include geometric shapes, flora, (flowers with petals and stems for older children, and the petals and leafs for younger children.), as well as silhouettes of animals or people. The design does work better with a handful of separate items.
If for instance, you use geometric shapes; your shapes shouldn’t be smaller than 3 inches if you are working with younger children. Let’s say you have 9 diamonds randomly placed though out the design. Lightly sketch out your design, with your pencil on the paper. Cutting out the designs can be tricky for children. Their instinct is to go from the outside and cut in. By doing so, they cut through the border and the frame falls apart. A great trick is to simply bend the paper, not actually fold, but bend the paper, in the center of your design, and make a little snip. When you unbend the paper, you can then slide your scissor into the little cut area, and begin cutting out your shape. Discard all your scraps.
You will then flip your paper over to work on the back. Taking pieces of different colored tissue paper you place glue around the edges of your cut out shapes, and lay the tissue paper flat. You can alternate colors within each cut out, creating a stained glass effect. Make sure all the tissue paper is glued on one side, in order to get the “stained glass” effect.
Hanging it in the window will allow the sunlight to come thru the tissue and give a “stained glass” window effect.