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Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Stained Glass" Beauty

Photo credit:  Seth Chrisman

Here's What You Need:
Wax paper
liquid starch (in the laundry section of the grocery store)
tissue paper, cut or torn into 2-3 inch pieces
sponge-tip or other brushes, a clean sponge will work as well

Leah and Oliver use geometric tissue paper fragments to create a stained glass effect.
Photo credit:  Seth Chrisman

Here's What You Do:

Give each artist a piece of waxed paper, of desired size.  Tape it down to the work surface.  

Pour 1/2 cup liquid starch into a cup for each person.  The artist uses a brush or sponge to apply the liquid starch to the wax paper.  Have plenty of pre-cut colored tissue paper nearby.  

The artists place the tissue paper in any design they wish--pieces may overlap--and then add another layer of liquid starch on top.

When the design is complete, allow it to dry thoroughly and then hang the creation in a window--the light shining through heightens the design.  You can make a cardboard or paper frame if you wish, or even cut it into shapes.

We used some glittery tissue paper!


  1. I actually got excited looking at this craft thinking of how much fun it would be to do with my toddler. Assuming he didn't try to eat it or anything.

  2. Let me know how it goes! Better yet, send a photo. I'm glad you're enjoying this site.