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Stained Glass Art for Teens

Hello, crafty teens!  We are going to make some art that you can hang in a window to brighten your or someone else’s day.  Making stained glass art doesn’t have to complicated, and it looks amazing.  So, let’s get started. 

Here’s what you need:

  • a coloring page (I used a mandala pattern) 
  • wax paper 
  • permanent markers 
  • tape, picture frame, or other display method 
  • scissors 


Step 1:

Tape the coloring page to the waxy side of the wax paper.  Then trace the pattern.  I used a black marker to trace and other colors to fill in.  I also only used part of the pattern here.  I didn’t want all of the original drawing, so I added my own details to fill it in and left some other areas blank.  I also didn’t color in everything since I liked how just the outlines looked.  Let some of your creativity flow!  And be careful—if the marker isn’t completely dry, it will smudge the wax paper and you. 


Step 2:


Take the wax paper off of the coloring page.  You can keep the color page and, you know, color that, too, or just throw it away.  You have two choices here.  You can hang your artwork as is, or you can cut around the edge.  My wax paper became a little crinkly, so I cut around the edge. 


Step 3: 

Hang it up!  Use a bit more tape to hang your art in a window or put it in a frame to hang in the windowIf you put it in a picture frame, I strongly recommend gluing the glass to the inside of the frame or simply taking the glass out and taping the picture directly to the frame.  The effect is pretty cool!  You can also do this with your original art, fandom art, and much more, so load up those windows! 

Happy crafting!


Inside and outside view of the “stained glass!”
















Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”