There are so many ways NOT to do a stained glass window craft, and I’ve probably tried them all.
Black paper and tissue can work, but it means designs end up being abstract, with no opportunity for children to play with symbols and images.
Trying to draw and cut silhouettes requires a lot of practice – children don’t easily grasp the concept that the details you draw on your silhouette won’t show up in the window.
However, after much trial and error, I’ve now finally found a way to create the translucent effect in a user-friendly format.
You will need:
- Wax paper (available from Amazon). Please note, this is NOT the same as baking parchment.
- Sharpie pens.
- Ideally, a laminator.
If you don’t have a laminator, you can make frames for the windows out of stiff card – but this is probably more labour-intensive.
Simply cut the wax paper to the size and shape required, and let the children loose with the Sharpies. When they’re done, allow the work to dry fully before laminating.
- Some Sharpies are permanent. Roll up sleeves, use aprons, etc., if needed to protect clothing.
- The laminator should be used on a fairly low setting – I did a test piece with my own drawing to make sure the laminator didn’t melt the wax and destroy the work, but I can’t promise this wouldn’t have happened on the top heat setting.