DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Stained Glass School Apple Craft
Use this as a craft you can hang in your window. There is an option at the bottom for younger kids, instead of melting crayons.
- waxed paper,
- wax crayons (Crayola don't work as well as the cheap kind
for this project, though they do still work)
- manual pencil sharpener (with a fairly large hole),
- iron, ironing board and scrap paper (white computer paper or
brown paper bag),
- construction paper,
glue stick or white glue
ADULT: Plug in the iron and cover the ironing board
with scrap paper. Set the iron to medium (no steam).
tear a piece of waxed paper that's square (or a bit longer
than it is wide) and fold it in half. Then unfold.
- Optional: Print the template at the bottom of this
page and slide it under the waxed paper as a rough guide for filling the apple shape.
- Cut out a half apple shape. You can do this freehand, use the
template as a guide or draw
it on for small children to cut out. The shape can be as
simple as a circle with a small stem on top or you can try to make it
look a bit more 'apple-y' by making the top of the circle a bit wider.
- You can also add a leaf by unfolding your apple and cutting a leaf
on one side of the stem.
- Unfold the construction paper and you'll have two pieces of paper
with matching apples in the middle of them.
Put glue around one of the pieces of construction paper. Put your waxed paper ("stained glass")
onto the middle
of the page.
- Put glue on the second piece of construction paper and lay it over
top of the first so the 'stained glass' is sandwiched between the
construction paper and the circle shapes are lined up.
Optional - Alternate Method 1:
Thanks Geri for sending this in!
"Have the kids color a picture with crayons. They can color dark or light - it doesn't matter but
the darker sometimes looks better. They really do look like stained glass pictures, especially if the picture had heavy black
- Use crayons, NOT markers or colored pencils.
- Have a few bowls with a VERY small amount of cooking oil and a couple of cotton balls in them.
- Have the kids flip the pages over and slowly and thoroughly rub the cotton balls on the paper.
(You'll see the paper turn transparent and the colors come through).
- Put them aside to dry (usually doesn't take long)!
- Cut them out and either hang them as is with a hole punched
in them or frame them with construction paper.
Optional - Alternate Method 2:
Thanks Terri for sending this in!
"I have done for this to make it more suitable for younger kids. Instead of using wax paper and melting
- Use clear contact paper and tissue paper pieces. You
can use purchased contact paper or you can 'make your own' by spreading a
thin layer of glue onto waxed paper.
- Put Contact Paper piece sticky side up on the table (may need to tape it down).
- Let kids stick tissue paper pieces to the sticky paper
- Cover with another piece of Contact Paper sandwiching the tissue in between.
- Frame with dark construction paper as directed for the
melted crayon version.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
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