A fun craft for kids!
This craft definitely qualifies as a fun craft for kids. It has the look of stained glass, but it is kid friendly and super easy to make. What Valentine would not love to get one of these!?
You will need Elmer's clear glue, food coloring (I used McCormick NEON! Food Color & Egg Dye, but any brand will do), a sheet of transparent paper (also works on the clear plastic used to package toys and dolls, so consider saving and recycling!), 2 sheets of construction paper (in color of your choice--I used red), scissors, paintbrushes, and a black permanent marker (I used a black Sharpie marker).
Using the black permanent marker, trace or freehand the heart design onto the transparent sheet of paper.
Next, pour some of the clear glue into smaller cups/containers and add a couple of drops of food coloring to each. A little does go a long way. I added 2 drops to approximately 1 TSP of glue. However, there is no exact formula. You really can't mess this up. Clear Glue + Food Coloring = NICE!
Next, using a paint brush, paint the colored glue onto the transparent sheet of paper. Don't worry about painting on or over the black outline of your image. As long as you used a permanent marker, it will not effect the final look of the craft.
Also, unless you are willing to clean your brush between color changes (which I do), I suggest dedicating a brush to each color. My little one prefers one brush for each color because "it is easier that way." Who am I to argue with a 5 year old!?
This is what it looks like with the wet glue. The speckles in the pictures are tiny air bubbles that form during the glue application process. I suppose, if you really hate the bubbles, you could pop then with a toothpick or something. However, they don't bother me or my little one. They don't effect the final look of the craft. Still looks like stained glass.
You want to make sure the glue is completely dried before handling it again. This is what it looked like once completely dried. Trim the excess paper off, leaving just enough paper onto which you can glue some trim. Sooooo very pretty!
Next, using the painted heart as a template, trace the heart onto a sheet of red construction paper. Then stack the two sheets of construction paper and cut out a heart, smaller than the traced heart. Use the traced heart as a guide, making sure to cut inside the line.
Next, sandwich the stained glass heart between the two sheets of construction paper, making sure the stained glass is framed by the cut out. You can glue the heart and 2 sheets of construction paper together using the left over colored glue you used to paint the heart. 🙂
Finally, trim the construction paper into the general shape of the stained glass heart, and notched the edges using a pair of scissors. You are done!
The possibilities are endless. For Easter, use an egg shape. For Spring, flowers! For Summer, a sun or ice cream cone! For Fall, leaves! Oh, the things we can do when we let the imagination run wild.