This stained glass art project can be repurposed for any season or holiday. It also offers an excellent opportunity for students to practice mixing paint and creating new colors.

What You Need: 

  • 4- by 6-inch or 8- by 10-inch sheets of plexiglass, one sheet per student
  • 8.5- by 11-inch plain white paper, one sheet per student
  • Pencils
  • Black permanent or no-smudge markers
  • Newspaper, at least one half-sheet per student
  • Acrylic paints in various spring colors such as blue, green, and yellow
  • Paint brushes

What You Do:

  1. Have your students place a sheet of plexiglass on top of the white paper and trace around it with a pencil, making a rectangle on the white paper.
  2. Now ask the students to draw a simple picture, in pencil, inside the rectangle they traced. For a spring project, have them draw something with a spring theme, like flowers, butterflies, the sun, or a blue sky with clouds.
  3. Have the students place the plexiglass sheet over their picture, making sure to line up the traced edges with the outline of the rectangle. This will ensure that the picture does not end up crooked.
  4. Help your students use a black marker to trace their pencil drawings onto the plexiglass.
  5. Ask your students to lay down pieces of newspaper to protect their desks from paint. They should then place the plexiglass on top of the newspaper.
  6. Have your students paint their pictures directly on the plexiglass using acrylic paints. When the students are finished painting, set the plexiglass sheets aside to dry.
  7. Finally, prop the stained glass artwork in a window and enjoy!