Christmas "Stained Glass" Project
Here is a great project that I do with my class at Christmas time. It is easy, but looks impressive and the children have fun making it. I call it my "Stained Glass" project because it looks like a stained glass window.
Here are the steps to follow for making one of your own.
Begin by choosing a picture that you like. It can be any picture that would look good in a window. Often people make color by code pictures for Math or language activities. These pictures work well. The picture I have chosen is actually one I use for Math. I just removed all the questions and the color code so that the children could choose their own selection of colors.
The next step is to copy the picture onto a piece of transparency film.
Each child is given a transparency picture to color. If they are using washable markers, it is important that you turn the picture over when mounting it or it will possibly wash off if it gets wet. ( I don't know about other places, but here we get a lot of wet weather at this time of year and raindrops get onto papers and projects that kids haven't put away properly.)
While my students are coloring their stained glass, I prepare the background. I use a piece of card stock. You can use cereal boxes, or other material, but I didn't have time to collect the needed material this time.
Cover the card stock with aluminum foil. If you crinkle it, you get a better effect as the light bends when it hits the different wrinkled parts. When I showed my students the effect, with and without the crinkling, they preferred the crinkling.
I tape the foil in place on the other side of the card stock.
Place the transparency on the foiled covered card stock and then attach it with tape.
On the back of the card stock I add a piece of Christmas writing done by the child that has been printed on Christmas paper. Then I put 2 holes in the top and add a ribbon so it can be hung.
If you don't want to mount it on foil, the transparency can be displayed as is in a window, or on a mirror.
I hope you enjoy this activity. I would love to hear how it works for you.
7/12/2016 05:12:20 am
Would this work with Sharpies?
7/26/2016 02:13:15 pm
this is probably a self-explanatory question, but could cut the excess off around the outside of the window? I'm thinking of using it to make a shield and would need the shape.
9/9/2017 07:47:20 am
Are students able to draw their own design on transparency paper and do this?
4/4/2018 09:16:34 am
This may be a silly question, but what is transparency film?
12/6/2022 02:48:49 am
You can buy it online. It’s photocopiable clear plastic. It’s expensive so I use it sparingly. I put a lot of smaller images on the transparency. Good luck :).
5/6/2018 05:50:51 pm
Do you think this will work if i take a piece of vinyl an used as the outline instead of printing? and would you use lamination sheets instead of what you use in the video an put vinyl cutout on that and then color and then add tinfoil? i have some really pretty mandala/zentangle decals i would love to use for this!
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About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.