The calendar says that it is Spring, but the view outside my window tells a much different story. It looks like winter had one more good-bye for us, after all.
The prospect of (yet another) winter storm when the kids and I are craving spring flowers and sunshine was as good of an excuse as any for a super colorful art project.
I have been wanting to try this stained glass inspired art I’ve seen all over Pinterest (I had a bit of trouble tracking down the original source, but I finally did! You can see the original post here at the 2Me4Art blog – isn’t Sophie’s piece just lovely? Note in the comments that her project is NOT on wax paper, as so many Pinterest pins suggest, but regular old craft paper.)
I decided we would give faux stained glass art a try and put our own glittery spin on it.
So, on Sunday afternoon when the toddler was asleep, I brought the Sharpie markers and craft paper to the craft table and invited the kids to help me create some “faux” stained glass art for our kitchen door.
It might be snowing again, but that doesn’t mean I have to look at it, ha ha ha! Here’s to controlling the view, friends!
Stained Glass Inspired Art
Supplies we used (please note affiliate link):
- craft paper
- Sharpie markers
- glitter glue pens
After I drew, free hand, a large grid on craft paper that I had pre-measured, I had the kids fill in the spaces with their artwork.
We used our craft table - our old dining room table, a $20 yard sale find that is not precious to me, so therefore I’m not too concerned about marks and scuffs. You might want to protect your own table with some newspaper layers or a plastic tablecloth since craft paper is thin and the markers will bleed through (a trade-off for the light being able to shine through and give you the “stained glass” effect later on).
Most of our artwork was in Sharpie (so this is not a project for kids who aren’t marker-trustworthy just yet) and we added some glitter glue in spaces, too. Our toddler actually got into the Sharpies and added her own personal touch to our project when no one was looking (whoopsie!) but the original artists decided that Amelia’s contributions were a “design element” and just rolled with it.
I’ll admit that our door-sized art project was a bit ambitious, and it did take us two day’s worth of toddler naptimes to finish and a bit of extra time for the glitter glue to dry, too.
But it was totally worth it.
I hung our project up with painter’s tape and Ta Da! Instant happiness!
If you don’t have a team of four artists around to lend a hand with such a large project, or you and your kids don’t want to wait around for a lengthy glue dry time, you can always skip the glitter glue and choose to make some smaller scale faux stained glass art with markers and craft paper.
Have fun adding some happy colors to your home!
I hope the sun is shining where you are, and if it isn’t, I hope you and your kids can find some ways to make your own sunshine and happiness!