Easy-to-make Craft ideas: Fun with glass paints

While re-organizing her cabinet, my 9 year old came across an unopened box of “glass paints”, and like every child of that age she couldn’t rest until she had it opened. She was all excited about getting started, but there was one big hitch. The kit was to make candles and contained 3 small glasses that had to be painted. I was in a dilemma – for a child who has never dabbled with glass painting before, a curved object would surely be a rather hard task.

I had to think quickly so as to not deflate her enthusiasm. I love to make a lot of craft items from waste objects and tit-bits lying around the house, so after rummaging through my bits and pieces – I came up with a lovely alternative that I would like to share with you moms who are on the lookout for kid’s creative crafts ideas

All you will need:
* A sheet of clear transparent paper (we used a sheet of transparency film, but can
alternatively use a flat piece of clear acrylic or an unused transparent file folder )
* Cardboard
* Kitchen foil
* Glass paints (she had just the 3 primary colors of red/yellow/blue)
* Glass liner
* Palette and paint brush
* A few paper clips
* Design print
* Sheet of printed/colored paper
* A sheet of bond paper
* Glue

1. To begin with, you will need a pattern of the design required to replicate. For this project, we edited and printed outline pictures off the internet. Placing the transparency film over the design, hold them in position with the help of paper clips.

2. Now, with the glass liner tube, draw the design outline onto the transparency sheet. Make sure there are no breaks in the lines, as this will help the glass ink paints to stay within the boundary and not seep out. Let the outline dry completely. We left it to dry for a couple of hours.

3. Once dry, take the bottle of glass paint and put drops of ink directly within the boundaries, making sure the color is evenly distributed at all places. Since we were limited with colors, we made a mix of one drop each of yellow and blue in the palette, and with the brush, applied it where required. Leave this to dry for a couple of hours too.

4. While the painting was drying, we prepared the background. For that, we simple cut the front and behind covers of an unwanted book. If this is not possible, then any old unwanted cardboard box or thick card will do just as good. Cut the required size as per the measurements of the transparency sheet. Cover this base with kitchen foil. For the crumpled effect, crumple the paper- open it with care so as to not damage the paper and then cover the base. Use the bond paper to cover the back – to prevent the foil from opening as well as giving the base a finish.

5. When the artwork is dry, put a thin line of glue on the border of the face of the base board. Carefully placing the artwork on the board and patting down the glue areas, stick the picture to the base. To give it a complete finished look, cut strips of a matching blue paper, fold them vertically and stick it to the edges – giving the front and back a neat border. A loop can be fixed onto the back or through a punch hole in order to hang the frame

If your child likes art and craft work, glass paints for kids are a very beautiful and creative option. Please do make a note, this is just a craft idea – drying time and other instructions may differ with each product. From making frames like we did – to painting empty jars or bottles and converting them into various useful items, glass painting can be fun and relatively easy once you start.

I hope you too enjoy some precious time with your child, like I did on this project. I will be absolutely pleased to share a lot more of my craft ideas, if I know that it has helped some of you.



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