This beautiful stained glass earth craft is perfect for Earth day or as a prompt for talking about our earth and they look amazing hanging in the window.
I am going to warn you this stained glass earth craft is not super fast and really needs to be done in stages, which is why I planned it over the Easter break, however, I hadn’t figured for it being so wet and they took an age to dry. They certainly are worth the wait as they are delightful.
Stained Glass Earth Craft
- White string
- Floss or thin string
- PVA or school glue
- Paper cup
- Watercolours or food colouring
- Waxed paper
- Circle template
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How to make a stained glass earth
We decided that we wanted to make our earths all different sizes. So to make it easy for you I made a template.
Place your string around the circles and cut each piece of string to size.
Place your glue into a paper cup and add your string ensuring it is fully saturated.
As you pull the string out of the glue, use your thumb and finger to go down the string to remove the excess glue. and lay the piece of string the circle. Try your best to get the two ends to meet.
Now carefully slip a piece of floss under the string, this is going to be for hanging your earth. Now you have to allow this to dry overnight ideally.
Next you fill each of the circles with glue and then we are on to the fun part. My tip here would be to not overfill the circles or they will spill out (yes we did this, but they still turned out ace)!
Place a number of drops of liquid watercolour of food colouring onto the glue and mix it in using a toothpick or a paint brush.
We had so much fun doing this and it was great to see how we all did it differently.
It was fun swirly and talking about continents. You really do not have to be accurate just have fun. This was great for fine motor skills.
Even wet they look amazing and I think we need to make some cookies and decorate them like this with icing.
You need to allow these to dry now and it can take a while. It actually took three days for us as it has been cold and damp here in the UK!
Once they are dry, then you can peel them off the waxed paper and hang them.
Just look at how beautiful they are.
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Oh wow, these are beautiful and I think they’d look lovely on our windowsill so I’ll have to try this sometime in the next few weeks.
I think I’ll wait for a warmer week so they can dry quickly, I’m not a very patient person with these sorts of things 😉
Those look absolutely incredible!!!! What a fantastic idea 🙂
Such a simple idea, Jen, you always impress me with your ingenuity!
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That is pretty cool. I do admire your patience for doing something that took so long to dry!
These look stunning – I know Isaac will love to make these
These are very cool! Do you think they would hold up well outside?
Stacey, they are not for outside, the glue with go all gooey and yuk!
These are lovely and will look beautiful hanging together!
Great idea x x
These look fabulous. Will definitely try at home before making my class do them!!!
This is just so clever and you make it look so much fun to do!
So cool thanks for sharing My niece and nephew are with us one day a week and we were running out of projects
You never fail to amaze me with your wonderful craft ideas. I LOVE this and it would be amazing to be able to do a whole solar system a well. My eldest, Elle, is obsessed with space and this is such an amazing idea to do x
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I cannot wait to do this with my preschool class! Not only is this a perfect earth day experience, but it is a beautiful keepsake. It will also mean more when we visit our local recycle center and the Glassory Factory where they recycle glass in to sun catchers by melting it down. The kiddos are going to love it! Thank you.
I’ll definitely try this at home on the weekend 🙂 This technique gave me some interesting ideas 🙂
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