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Making stained glass hearts is a great project for little hands that need practice with fine motor skills. Children can cut or tear lots of pieces of colorful tissue paper and glue them between a sheet of waxed paper. When dry, you can see through it and see the beautiful shapes and arrangements that were made. For older children, they can make pictures inside of their glass, such as landscapes, flowers, shapes anything is possible.
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My girls had a great time making their stained glass. Even my 2 year old got in on the crafting. She did a great job putting the different colors onto the decoupage. It really is such a simple project. All you need is some wax paper, assorted tissue paper, tape, paint brush and decoupage (recipe below).
Start by taping the wax paper to the table so that it doesn't slip. Spread the decoupage over the bottom half of the wax paper. Then take cut (or torn) pieces of tissue and start covering the area. After you cover the area with overlapping tissue paper cover it with another layer of decoupage. Then fold the wax paper over and squeeze out any air bubbles. Allow it to dry before moving on. Cut out a piece of cardstock or cardboard to be the frame of your stained glass. Glue the frame onto the waxed paper and then cut the excess off around the heart. I think we are going to do another project in April for Earth Day with blues and greens to make the planet Earth.
Decoupage Recipe and step by step directions.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 ½ cups water
assorted colors tissue paper
paint brushes or sponges
1. Mix flour, sugar, water and oil in a pot and stir over low heat until well combined and
smooth in texture to make decoupage.
2. Cut or tear tissue paper into small pieces.
3. Tape a large piece of waxed paper to your work surface.
4. Brush glue on one half of the wax paper.
5. Lay tissue paper over the glue, with pieces overlapping until the surface is covered.
6. Carefully brush a thin layer of glue over the tissue paper.
7. Fold the other half of the waxed paper over the tissue paper and flatten until smooth.
8. Let dry completely.
9. If desired, cut into shapes. Punch a hole, tie with string and hang from windows.