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Make a stained-glass window entirely out of paper

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Make a traditional and attractively coloured stained-glass window complete with textured transparency effect using tissue paper.

Each child gets to choose their very own design using this simple technique for creating imitation stained-glass windows that look just as good as the real thing!








Preliminary designs


First, cut some 10 x 7 cm rectangles out of the white paper (the same relative proportions as a sheet of A4) Next, test out some window designs by sketching them on these cards using a thick black felt-tip pen.

The design will need to be kept relatively simple: bear in mind that the lines you draw will be one centimetre wide in the finished window.



Transferring the design


Once you're happy with your design, transfer it to A4 format.

As you enlarge it, you might find that some of the lines are surplus to requirements, or conversely, that some areas are a little too large and need to be divided up.



Designing the frame


Using suitably stiff paper, cut out a one centimetre wide strip. You will use this as a guide to help you achieve a consistent width when tracing your design.

Place the guide on the lines of your drawing and trace along both sides using a fine felt-tip pen. Continue doing this for each line. The outlines of any curved parts can be drawn freehand, but try to maintain a consistent width when doing this.

Leave a one centimetre wide margin around the edge of your design.


Marking out the parts to be cut out


To avoid making any mistakes due to all the different lines you've drawn, blacken/crosshatch the solid areas (the parts that are going to be retained).




Cutting out the stained-glass window


Finally, cut out all the "empty" areas using a craft knife. The long straight parts can be cut out with the help of a metal ruler to ensure a more precise finish.






Been inspired by this activity sheet? Here's a way to take the adventure even further! Canson is offering you the chance to showcase your pupils' creation(s) by sharing it/them with our community. We'd love to see what they've created, no matter what it is! If you'd like us to do this, simply send us a message via the contact form.

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