Stained Glass Painting with Bottle Lids and Wax Paper

.stained glass painting on wax paper - an easy and gorgeous art project for kids by Happy Hooligans

Easy stained glass painting with wax paper and a bottle lid!

The hooligans and have tried something entirely new here!  We each made a beautiful stained glass painting using a very simple process and a few simple kitchen and crafting items.

You may have seen our Eric Carle Easter Eggs recently, which were inspired by Dilly Dali Art’s Eric Carle post.  Our egg project had us painting on waxed paper for the first time, and it was such a beautiful process, I thought we’d experiment with paint and wax paper a little more.

I didn’t any set expectations when we started out.  The process evolved as we went along.

Supplies for your stained glass painting project:

simple supplies for stained glass painting

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I suspect that any paint would work for this project, but I chose Crayola Washable Kids’ Paints because of their vibrant colours and glossy, translucent quality.

I gave each child a square of wax paper, and encouraged them to cover the entire surface with their paints.


I thought they would simply brush the paint all over the waxed paper, but a couple of them experimented by dabbing their paint on the wax paper.  That’s when my plan came together. In case you’re wondering, the outside photos in the next image were taken under fluorescent lighting, while the middle one was taken in natural light in front of a' stained glass painting in 3 easy steps

Painting with bottle lids on wax paper:

  1. Have your little one dab paint all over their wax paper.  Splat it on nice and thick.  The closer together your paint dots are, the better it is for blending the colours together in the next step.
  2. Next, give them good-sized plastic lid.  Our Gatorade lids were perfect, but the flat bottom of a glass or jar would  work too.
  3. Now, press and twist the lid into the paint, blending the dots together.  Occasionally swipe the lid against a piece of paper  to clean it off, to prevent the dots from becoming too “muddy”.

We were all so impressed by the finished results!  Some of the younger hooligans simply spread their paint around, and some chose to paint sparingly, and skipped the bottle lid step.  Each child decided how they wanted to their project to look. stained glass art 2 photos

And they all turned out great.  Here’s the whole collection:stained glass painting on waxed paper

When the paintings had dried, I held them up to the window for the hooligans to see, and WOW!stained glass painting technique with waxed paper and a bottle lid

Isn’t this impressive?

To complete the project, I cut out some simple cardstock frames, and the hooligans glued them to them onto their paintings.

Then we taped them up in the window, and when the sun broke through the clouds and shone through the waxed paper, the paintings were even more beautiful!  .framed stained glass painting in window

What a gorgeous way to add a pop of Spring colour to the windows!

Imagine painting a piece large enough to completely cover a window?  Or to cover the panes in a french door?  Hmmm, there may just be an idea for a future project here!

For more easy and affordable art ideas for kids, check out our:

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Homemade Puffy Paint

Crayon Resist Painting

Art with Melted Crayons

Art with Glue, Salt and Water Colours

Smoosh Art Painting 

Tape Resist Painting

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Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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