All you need are tissue paper, a plastic food takeout container, scissors, glue and string to make this captivating valentine mobile for the one you love.
My 4 & 6 year old loved creating the faux-stained glass effect and I smile every time I catch a glimpse of it hanging in the window.
The wonderful thing about this craft is that it can be enjoyed during any month or occasion, using many different symbols, color-schemes and in both miniature and larger formats.
- Thin transparent sheet of plastic (approx. 6x6in cut from a takeout food container)
- Tissue paper of various colors
- Glue stick
- Paper & printer
- Cut out the top/bottom of a clean transparent plastic takeout food container
- Have your child tear small pieces of tissue paper of various colors into rough shapes or cut more precise geometric shapes, triangles are especially beautiful in this project
- Have your child glue the pieces of tissue paper onto the sheet of plastic, both overlapping and leaving space between the pieces of tissue paper will make for a pretty pattern
- Once the tissue paper is dry you will need to draw a heart on the tissue-paper side of the plastic sheet
- You can make the heart template in Microsoft Word using the shapes option or download a heart template (heart-template-jm.pdf ), or you may also have your child free-hand draw single or multiple hearts on the sheet
- Print template and cut out, then place on the paper and draw around the template with a pen
- Cut out the heart and punch a hole in it
- Thread the string through the hole and tie, hang in a window and enjoy
- Place the heart in an envelope as a beautiful valentine
- Think eggs or clovers in March/April, pumpkins in October, pine trees or snowflakes in December or simple orbs or triangles in a garland for more opportunities to use this faux stained-glass crafting technique
- Make multiple stained-glass pendants to create a whimsical mobile
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