Kids’ Stained Glass Art Project with Index Dividers

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Kids Stained Glass Art Project

We did a fun new stained glass art project after school yesterday using colored index dividers and Sharpies. Our dining room window is now filled with brightly colored modern stained glass art, sunflowers from Maia’s garden, and the two melted bead stained glass pieces that never popped out of their cookie cutters (they are perfect for our window sill!).

By the way, I’ve decided you can pretty much count on a suncatcher or stained glass post from me about every couple of weeks. I love them that much and my kids seem to like them a lot, too (or maybe they’re just humoring me…).

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We used a pack of transparent colored index dividers from Target. I think they were $1.99. Last time we made stained glass with colored film, we used a packet from Kmart—but I like this bright color selection better.

To begin, we all cut the index dividers into shapes and small pieces. Maia is a cutting pro, of course, but Daphne held her own as well. I cut narrow strips for her to cut up, though, to make it easier for her.

I decided to make frames for our stained glass art at the beginning this time, rather than at the end. I cut the centers out of several pieces of
then attached pieces of clear
contact paper
. We used them sticky side up and they stayed nice and flat while we worked.

This worked so well, that I don’t know why I haven’t done it before. We usually just tape the contact paper down on the table, sticky side up. But it doesn’t always stay in place, and taping it down is an extra step. And then we’re left trying to figure out a way to frame our suncatchers and usually resort to making a border of masking tape around the edge.

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Once our index dividers were cut up into little pieces, we got out our Sharpies and drew on them. See that plastic placemat underneath the Sharpie drawing activity? Very important! In fact, if you have a small child who might be tempted to draw on the table as well just because it’s there (I won’t name names), I would suggest putting down a plastic tablecloth or newspapers.

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After drawing on our colored film pieces, we positioned them on the sticky side of the contact paper. And here you can see that Daphne decided to add some more Sharpie drawings to her contact paper as well.

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Once she was finished with her stained glass artwork, Daphne held hers up to the window to admire in the sunlight. Beautiful!

Btw, she added a second sheet of contact paper over her stained glass pieces, but Maia and I didn’t. It worked well both ways.

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Here’s one of my stained glass pieces in progress.

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And here’s Maia’s. She decided to make a couple of her frames out of the colored film.

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And then she made a birthday cake stained glass with the tagboard frame. See the floral designs she drew? She traced those from her placemat. There are only five candles on that cake, but Maia is turning seven in less than a week! We’re pretty excited around here!

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And here is the window as it looks now—filled with colorful stained glass art.

I highly recommend picking up a package of these colored index dividers and giving this project a try with your kids!

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  1. says

    What fun you guys have–I love that you do the projects with them, too. I have found that the kids are more interested (if even slightly) if I am there doing it with them. Of course, it doesn’t happen 100% of the time, but I find it ‘slows them down’ more, and it’s a more enjoyable process, then.
    What nice creations they made! We’ll have to incorporate this sometime this week.
    Sarah M

  2. says

    Same here. I often sit down with my girls and create alongside them. I can’t say I just do it for them, though! I really love the chance to do fun art activities, too. :)

  3. says

    When I first saw the photos, I assumed you used tissue paper, but those plastic dividers are such a good idea! They really give the look of stained glass. Pinned this!

  4. [email protected] says

    You are amazing! I am in constant awe of what you come up with! We made the flower stain glass plates using small square plates then strung them together with ribbons(3 top to bottom)and gave them to teachers for teacher appreciation week. We added a little glitter and some strips of glued tissue around the edges for added color. They came out great! We are making your crayon bunting for a baby shower we’re hosting next week. Thank you for all the great ideas:)