You all know my kids and I love simple ways to decorate our windows and our various faux stained glass windows always cheer me up. I've been looking for some new window art ideas to try, so of course I wanted to let you in on my search.
The biggest benefit of our window art is that it distracts me from staring at our fire escape. We may not have a gorgeous view but that's all the more motivation to brighten things up with a bit of kid made art.
Classic window crafts usually involves tissue on sticky paper (aka "Contact Paper"). I have eliminated this stuff from my life because it is made out of vinyl, which is extremely harmful to the environment and also to people who come in contact with the chemicals during manufacturing and disposal. I also don't think it's wise for children to play with it. I'm not environmentally perfect, but I do make adjustments as I learn new things.
I encourage you to create window art and sun catchers without sticky paper and I hope these ideas with inspire you!
Stained Glass Window Projects We've Done
Mondrian stained glass painting on the window.
Quick and easy stained glass using page protectors. This is fun if you already have page protectors. I had some left over. I don't want to encourage you to buy them just for this. Some of them are made out of vinyl or similar plastics.
Free painting on the window using paint or window markers.
It's not stained glass, but our homemade rainbow prism mobile adds rainbow joy every afternoon.
Stained Glass Window Projects from Others
Ideas from other crafty families I have my eye on:
- Stained glass using India Ink from Babble Dabble Do
- Hearts with black glue from Mess for Less
- See through paintings using paint and tissue from Picklebums. She uses contact paper, but you could do this directly on the window.
- Designs with Post-Its from Mum in the Mad House
- Life sized collage people from 4 Crazy Kings
- Paintings on waxed paper from Happy Hooligans
- Tissue paper window from Dilly-Dali Art
- Window art made from gelatin (Seriously!) from Dilly-Dali Art
- Awesome (but probably too involved for me - ha!) Frank Lloyd Wright bubble window from Harmony Art Mom. It uses contact paper, but it's too cool not to share.
What do you think? Do you and your kids decorate the window? Have you ever tried a faux stained glass project? Would you be willing to give up Contact Paper?