Use this as a craft you can hang in your window or make it as a Valentine's Day card for a special friend.
Note: If you would like to make this craft with your toddler you may want to check our a simpler version that was provided by a viewer. Easy Stained Glass craft.
Tami adds: I am a teacher and was looking for some Valentine's projects to do w/my students (yes I start looking at least 1 month in advance for holiday projects) and came across the stained glass heart. Here is another idea which is easier. Use the negative portion of a die cut (the outline portion which most people through away) (if you don't have access to die cuts check out the local elementary school) Once you have the outline use clear contact paper to place on top of the opening then add your tissue paper. I do this project for just about every month. I display the projects in a hallway window where everyone can admire them then I send them home.
- 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
- 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.
- take the paper off some crayons and 'sharpen' them in the pencil sharpener. Let the shavings drop onto 1/2 the waxed paper.
- Feel free to use 3 or 4 different colors.
- When you have a nice pile of shavings refold the waxed paper.
- Fold about 1/2 inch around all the edges so none of the wax leaks out when you iron.
- Place the waxed paper containing the shavings down on the ironing board and cover with more scrap paper.
- Iron for about 10 seconds. Peek and iron a bit more if necessary. All the wax should melt. The longer you iron, the more your colors will mix.
- Let sit about 30 seconds to cool.
- Take a piece of construction paper and fold in half.
- Crease well.
- Fold in half again, but this time, don't crease it very much (the less you crease it the better, but young children may need it creased quite well).
- Cut out a half heart shape. You can do this freehand or draw it on for small children to cut out.
- Unfold the construction paper and you'll find a 'card' type shape with a heart through the middle of it.
- Put your waxed paper ("stained glass") into the middle and figure out where you're going to position it. With a pen trace around a line for where you'll want to trim the waxed paper. The pen won't make a pen mark, but it will leave a white line on the paper.
- Cut out the waxed paper. Try not to fold it -- the wax will crack if you do.
- Open up the construction paper.
- Use a glue stick to trace around the heart shape on one side of the construction paper.
- Glue the waxed paper down.
- Trace around the other heart (on the other side of the construction paper) and around the edges of the construction paper and fold down so the waxed paper is sandwiched.