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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Medieval Stained Glass Craft



We have been doing some fascinating activities for our Medieval History unit, (Viking Runes, Medieval Illuminations, and our own homemade Medieval Subtleties) but this craft or "craftivity" turned out the most beautiful of all.  We created our own stained glass windows!




This is an easy activity, especially if you purchase our premade Medieval Window packet which includes 4 possible designs for your students to choose from to make their window.




You will also need a transparency sheet (or some recycled flat plastic), a sharpie, food coloring and glue.  And some Q-tips.  Because we always fall back on Q-tips as an easy go-to paintbrush for these kinds of activities.



After drawing the designs on the transparencies with black sharpies, we cut out our window shapes.  And we began to fill in the window shapes with our glue paint.


To make it easier, we cut out our paper design and taped it, along with the transparency to the table.  It kept our image stable while the kids filled in the colors.



After the colored glue had dried, we cut out our window edging and glued it over the glass.  An optional idea is to go over the top of the sharpie with black puffy paint.  This raised black edging makes the stained glass really pop.  It feels just like the leaded glass stained windows you might see in an old church or heraldic window.


The finished product is tacked to the window so that the light can stream through, just like it streamed through Medieval stained glass windows, many years ago.


A beautiful finished product!  Check out our packet that includes everything you need to create this craft, here in our store.


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