Stained Glasses (Or, Fun and Games in Our House…)


Kids Stained Glasses -- Having Fun Making Their Own Accessories!

Kids can be: Silly. Experimental. Persistent. Creative. Playful. And (add in a few bonus adjectives here). All in the space of a few minutes. 

Or one art activity.

When we were making the quilt stained glass window for our front door recently (which we LOVE, by the way), we all started off on the same page…

Kids Stained Glasses -- Having Fun Making Their Own Accessories!

The kids and I cut shapes from sheets of colored film and arranged them on the sticky contact paper.

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But it wasn't long before Daphne and the two older girls noticed that the world looked different through the colored film.

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And away they went in a whole new direction!

Maia and Stella started experimenting. They layered color films. They held the films close to their faces and then farther away.

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And then they made glasses.

(We may or may not have been reading the first Harry Potter at this time…)

Kids Stained Glasses -- Having Fun Making Their Own Accessories!

And cut them out of the colored film, adding pipecleaners for the side pieces. 

(Yeah, I know the "side pieces" probably have an official name. I even wear glasses and I can't for the life of me think of what it might be. So "side pieces" it is for now. Please feel free to enlighten my in the comments…)

Stained Glasses -- Kids Having Fun Making Their Own Accessories!

If Stella and Maia weren't acting silly before the Harry Potter glasses, the addition of self-made, image-changing accessories did the trick. 

Kids Stained Glass Window Art Project

Meanwhile, Daphne and I plugged away on the quilt stained glass art project

Question: What accessories have your kids had fun making? (They've made some, right? Surely, my daughter isn't the only one to very seriously plan out a pair of paper shoes…)


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  • Reply
    Amy Fields
    May 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

    My son makes “clothing” out of paper and glue, so no your daughter isn’t alone in this:). It is pretty cute and I enjoy the results. (Except when he glued it to himself, but that is a different story).

  • Reply
    May 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I was curious as to the name of the ‘side piece’ of glasses, as well. So, I Googled it and found out that they’re called ‘temples’ and the part at the end is called the ‘ear piece.’ You learn something new every day!
    I love the colored film you were using. My kindergarteners would really enjoy it, as well. I need to remember it when ordering supplies for next year.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Wish I could see his paper clothing! :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Well, thanks, Amy! Yes, you learn something new every day!
    By the way, I bought that colored film at our local art supply store. It was available just by the sheet, which I thought was pretty cool — it meant we could pick and choose our colors and just buy as much as we needed.

  • Reply
    May 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Ooo we just made flip flops out of cardboard packaging waiting for recycle bin and some ribbon from our art bins. Decorated with markers. My three year old wears them everywhere…even to grocery store! We have also use pipe cleaners and fake flowers to make rings. My 5 year old used trash to make a blue tooth ear piece???

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    May 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Paper crowns are a big hit over here. They are usually so tiny we have to pin them on our heads.

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