Studying Medieval or Church History or Architecture and need a craft? How about making your own stained glass windows?
DIY Stained Glass Window Craft
Black construction paper
An x-acto knife
Tissue paper in multiple colors cut into squares
I've been asked if I got my pattern off the internet. The truth is, I made it myself. I'm not the craftiest person by any means, but, within a few tries, I had a rough drawing of what I imagined a stained glass window would look like. I drew 1/2 of the semi-circle, cut out the sections and then laid it on a full sheet of paper in order to draw a full semi-circle. (You don't have to make it a semi-circular shape, just about any shape will do.)
After you trace each window in pencil, place the construction paper over a piece of cardboard and carefully cut out those drawn sections with an x-acto knife. (NOTE: this is best done by an adult!)
Next, place a sheet of tissue paper over each cut-out section to make sure it fits. You do want it to overlap some so that you can glue it down to the construction paper. Once you have a piece that fits, apply the glue stick TO the construction paper. Continue for the rest of the window, alternating colors .
Once completed, it can be hung in the window of your home. Just make sure the window doesn't sweat --- or else, your child's creation will be ruined.
Recently, I used this craft with a short teaching on the history of stained glass for our art co-op. My class was 3-5th graders. If teaching to a younger crowd, a 1/2 window can be used.