The end of the school year. When you send them to school, they are loaded with new supplies, ready to be used. Now that they come home, the supplies come with them, including the dried out markers, the wrinkled filler paper that was too worn to use for school, and the broken nubs of that once fresh crayon box. I looked at those poor crayon pieces, and I saw in them a greater purpose. I saw a low budget stained glass art project!
I also did have to make a trip to the dollar store. remember, keep it low budget. You may not need to, but I did not have frames that were of equal size, so I bought those. For this art project, you will need two identical (or two same size but different style frames if you want to switch it up). You’ll want to make sure the frames have glass and not plastic, as heat will be incorporated into this project and plastic may warp.
So here is the list of supplies:
Low Budget Stained Glass Art Project
- Broken crayons (a rainbow of colors is helpful)
- Crayon sharpener
- Old newspaper
- Two frames, with glass, that are the same size (8×10, 5×7, 4×6, whatever your preference or availability)
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks for glue gun
- Your creativity & imagination
- Window cleaner & paper towels
1. Take the two frames and separate the glass away from the frame and backing. You can recycle the backing or put it to use otherwise as you won’t need it for this project. Also take out the metal prongs that hold the glass in place.
2. Take one of the pieces of glass, lie it on a flat work surface and clean the top side of the glass. This will be your canvas.
3. Lay out the old newspaper next to your work surface. Select the colors you wish to use for your stained glass and sharpen those crayons on top of the newspaper, making color piles with your shavings.
4. Take the shavings and begin to make a mosaic design on top of the cleaned glass surface. Make sure to not clump the colors too much unless you wants a larger smear of color. For young children, you can use the crayons to “draw out” a design on the glass, giving them areas to place their shavings.
5. Keep applying shavings to the glass until you have the overall look of what you want your stained glass to be. once it is complete, lay the other piece of glass flat to clean it. Once it is cleaned, place the cleaned surface on top of your mosaic of shavings. Sandwich the two pieces of glass, being careful not to shift your design.
6. Take the glass sandwich outside to a secure surface in the sun so that the heat can melt the wax. If it is too cold, you can use a hair dryer to warm the surface and melt the crayon shavings. Alternatively, you can place the glass on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven, set to 300 degrees. Please make sure to stay and watch the glass so as not to overheat the glass. Once the shavings have melted, pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and let cool.
7. Once it has cooled, place the sandwiched glass into one of the frames.
8. Have the second frame ready. This step you need to move quickly, as the glue will cool rapidly. Take the glue gun, and apply a tin layer quickly to two parallel sides of the frame, up and down or left and right; does not matter which. Place the second frame directly OVER the other frame, sandwich the glass between both frames.
9. You will notice that there is more of a gap left after having placed the top frame over the glass. Using the tip of the glue gun, carefully fill the gap with glue. This will further seal the glass and frames together.
10. Allow the glue to dry. Once dry, lightly clean the outer sides of the glass.
Place your masterpiece on a window sill for all to admire and enjoy you low budget stained glass art project!