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I love the look of stained glass. Kids really like it too. There is a lot of learning that can focus around stained glass like art, history, math and more! Kids love to do crafts and projects that look like stained glass so I put together an easy hanging feather craft using Shrinky Dinks that you can do at home with your kids. (Do you remember Shrinky Dinks from being a kid in the 80’s? I sure do. And they are just as fun as an adult as they were when I was young!)
Here is what you need:
- white paper
- pen or pencil
- Shrinky Dinks
Here is what to do:
1.) Draw a feather on a sheet of paper. If you need some ideas you can google “feather clip art” for some ideas.
TIP: You will want the feather to be as long and wide as possible because it shrinks considerably. See pic below! They shrink to 1/3 the size and 9 times thicker!
2.) Trace the feather drawing onto a shrinky dink plastic sheet using a permanent marker.
TIP: I like the look of the negative space between the feather designs. Also, make sure to leave at least 2 inches on the bottom to hang it from string.
3.) Color in parts of the feather using different colors.
TIP: I think that leaving some plain space between the colors makes it look better. I also like to leave some plain space for the sun to shine brightly through.
4.) Cut the feather out leaving about 1/8 of an inch around the outside edge of the drawing.
5. Preheat your conventional oven to 325. (you can heat to 350 but I like to take it slowly at a little lower heat.)
6.) Line a cookie sheet with tin foil.
7.) Place your feather(s) on the foil.
8.) Lay a piece of tin foil over the top of the feathers.
TIP: Shrinky Dinks can curl up on themselves when baking. Using a piece of foil on top keeps them flat. This helps you avoid having to touch them while hot to bend them back and helps keep them from getting ruined from curling too much.
9.) The directions on the Shrinky Dinks package say bake for 1 – 3 minutes. I baked for two, checked them and then checked them again in another minute.
10.) Take the top layer of tin foil off and let them cool. If you do get any curling while they are cooling, just press flat with an oven mitt.
11.) Tie a bit of string around the end of the feather and hang from a window. You can use a pushpin above the window or tie it to an existing curtain rod.
And there you have it.
Look how cool this looks in the window!
Aww this is a really sweet idea! And it looks so simple to do, have to try and remember this when my godsons come round!
This is such a fantastic idea to giving a whole new life to plain glass windows. Loved how simple it is to make and so easily we can make it at home. Thanks for sharing.
I loved Shrinky Dinks when I was young and your craft using them is so cute! This would be such a great activity to do with my littles.
Super cute idea! I think this would go well by my dreamcatcher!
I love the way the sun shines through stained glass, it makes a room looks so dreamy! Thank you for this very detailed tutorial!
It’s so good and matches the weather and the background so much. I will give it a try
I love it! I’ve never made anything like this before but I have been seeing it around a lot. I think it’s the perfect craft for making ornaments for Christmas or special occasions!
What a great, simple project. I love it and it looks so beautiful!
Lois Alter Mark
Wow, that is such a good idea! It looks so pretty and seems very easy to make. These would look great hanging from my office window!
My grand kids would love making these. They’re so boho and so cute. I’m stocking up on crafts before Hurricane Irma hits us.
This is such a cute idea! I love that this can be made so easily and that kids could do it too.
what a fun DIY project! I’m going to have to try this with my young ones! It’s simple and the turn out is pretty ; ) thanks for sharing!
I love all the colors and how it is easy it is to make. Also, it looks so beautiful by the window.
I love this idea. This looks like something I could actually make and it turns out beautifully!
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