Lent and Easter
in the Domestic Church

Craft: Stained-Glass Pictures

Peter Fournier and Catherine Fournier

Page 76 in "Lent and Easter in the Domestic Church"

The stained-glass windows in our churches fill their interiors with beautiful colored light, teach the faith by showing images and symbols from the Bible or lives of saints, and may also commemorate benefactors and members of the parish who sponsored their creation. They are beautiful, too.

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Stained glass is becoming a popular hobby. There are classes available at many local high schools, community colleges, and art centers that teach this interesting and challenging craft.

An easy and inexpensive alternative to real stained glass are these tissue paper creations that can be hung in windows to make beautiful light (just like the real thing).

This craft's suitability for any age group will depend on the complexity of the image you choose. This craft is probably not suitable for children under four or five (they will find it too frustrating). Children between six and ten will need supervision and, occasionally, help with finicky bits of cutting.



Choose a picture you like from the coloring section of this book or from some other source. Lay the white carbon paper on top of the black construction paper and then the picture you have chosen on top of both. Trace over the lines with a ballpoint pen or thick pencil, pressing down hard, to leave white lines below.

If you cannot find carbon paper, press hard enough when tracing over the image to leave indentations marking the lines. Remove the traced image, and draw over the indentations with a light-colored pencil or crayon, something visible on black paper.

Draw a second set of lines about one-fourth inch away from each line on the drawing, to make each part of the drawing into a closed shape.

Starting with a hole punched into the middle of each, cut out the center of each shape, being careful to keep the remaining bars evenly thick throughout the picture.

When you have finished cutting out all the shapes, you should have an outline of your picture that looks like a stained-glass window without the color. (Optional: Cut a second sheet of black construction paper in the same manner, so that you have two outline stained-glass sheets.)

Turn the picture over and choose the first space to fill with tissue paper. Cut a piece of tissue paper a bit bigger than the hole. Carefully paint glue around the outline shape and place the tissue paper on the glue, smoothing it as best you can. Let it dry. (It will not take long.) Continue covering the holes with the tissue paper until the entire picture is colored. Use as many or as few colors as you wish.

If you cut a second sheet, carefully paint one side with glue and stick it onto the back of your stained-glass picture to sandwich all the pieces of tissue paper between the two black sheets.

Allow your picture to dry. Hang it in a sunny window.

Happy spring! Happy Easter!