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Make these Valentines with a unique stained-glass effect created with coloured glue and watercolours!

Stained Glass Valentines

Inspired by The Artful Parent

Supplies

  • Watercolour Paper (or Cardstock or Cardboard)
  • Red Glue (or White Glue & Tempera Paint)
  • Liquid Watercolours (or Watercolour Paint Pods)

Part One

  1. Use a pencil to draw or trace hearts on a sheet of watercolour paper.
  2. Use coloured glue* to outline your hearts and create a glue design inside the heart.
  3. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Part Two

  1. Once the glue is completely dry, use watercolours to paint in the designs on your hearts.
  2. Allow to dry and then cut out your hearts.

*We purchased Red Crayola Glue but you can mix your own using White Glue and Tempera Paint. Grab a half empty bottle of white school glue and add a good squeeze of tempera paint. Replace the cap and make sure it is on tight. Then shake well to mix. If your mixture is too thick you can add a small amount of water as well to help the two combine.

Check out the video above for a demonstration or read on for details on how we did this activity!

This Valentine activity was inspired by The Artful Parent’s – Faux Stained Glass Valentines. She has a great method for making coloured glue which they used to make black glue, like the outlines of a stained glass window which is what I originally intended to do. However, I was at the dollar store and in the section with school supplies, which are currently available for in-store purchase, I found some bottles of Crayola Red Glue and decided to give that a try for our glue outlines. If you can’t get coloured glue check out the link above for the Artful Parent’s instructions on mixing your own.You could mix red, black or really any colour you like!

Since my girls are still quite young and the glue outlines would have been a little too difficult for them, I did this step ahead of time and set up a page full of glue hearts for each of them. However, if your kids are older you can let them do the first step on their own. To make sure my hearts were similar in size and shape (because we plan to use them in another project later) I traced the heart outline in pencil first before outlining with glue. You could also pre-draw your inside designs in pencil if you wish. Creating the glue outline is very similar to piping icing on a cookie.

Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!

Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!

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