Stained glass inspired art project


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


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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!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Wow! They did an amazing job. I am so happy that you found my art on Pinterest. I am shocked that a simple art project could inspire so many other’s to try it. Thank you.

  2. So brilliant! We have a big picture window where I would love to put the paper and let the light illuminate the colors.
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  3. It’s gorgeous, Kara! What a simple and beautiful idea. I’m impressed your kids were able to roll with it when your toddler made her contributions – not every kid could do that. Adding colorful Sharpies to my shopping list right now!
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  4. The stained glass is lovely. I actually have a comment about the blog. It could be a problem with my computer but I have checked everything I can think of. For about a month, every time I go to the home page of simple kids it goes to a post made back in February. I actually thought you had stopped writing until I came across a link to a more recent post, of yours, on another blog. By following that link I was able to see some of your more recent posts, but they don’t just show up in order if I go to your home page. Just thought I’d let you know in case it was a glitch with the blog.

  5. Thanks for the idea for the first feature stained glass!
    Then you can do more complex creative work.

  6. I am so behind on commenting, but I love this! My kids are big Frank Lloyd Wright fans, and I can really see doing a Frank Lloyd Wright version of this as well.

    Thank you for visiting Waldorf Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!


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