How to make stained glass windows for kids

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How to make stained glass windows for kids
Make kid-friendly stained glass at home. (stained glass image by pearlguy from

Stained glass adorns cathedrals, churches, large mansions and municipal buildings. During the Renaissance, architects almost always included stained glass windows in their designs. Today, stained glass designs may be simple coloured squares or highly intricate portraits of people or events. Creating your own stained glass projects helps reinforce history lessons involving the Renaissance and the medieval periods.

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Things you need

  • Large mirror
  • Grease pencil
  • Soft cloths
  • Powdered tempera paint (black and other colours)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Flour
  • Mixing bowls
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Sketch a general design for your stained glass onto a mirror with a grease pencil. Grease pencils have wax tips meant for writing on smooth surfaces. Simply wipe away mistakes with a soft cloth.

  2. 2

    Combine ½ cup each of flour and water with a tablespoon of dish liquid in a mixing bowl. Add about a tablespoon of black powdered tempera paint and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle, similar to fabric paint bottles, and set aside. This is your leading for your stained glass.

  3. 3

    Mix a tablespoon each of dish liquid and other colours of tempera paint, mixing each colour in a separate bowl. This forms thick, translucent paint to fill in your picture.

  4. 4

    Squeeze the "leading" in your squeeze bottle along your grease pencil lines. Allow the leading to dry for at least an hour. Use brushes to apply your other paint colours to the picture.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash away the picture and create a new one every so often. Children can create simple scenes while teens and adults may practice drawing more complicated forms.
  • Use the same technique to decorate your windows during the holidays.

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