THIS HAS been one long winter. With the official start of spring just a couple of weeks away (March 22), there’s still feet of snow in my daughter’s backyard. Of course, she lives in Kentucky, and I live in Texas. We got our share of snow this year, too (about 8″ over two snowfalls *grin*). But it’s been cold and rainy, making the yard here too wet to play outdoors. So Remy, my youngest granddaughter (3-1/2 years old) was bored out of her little mind, and I didn’t want her just watching TV all day. We’ve read all the books over and over, and she’s ready for something new to do. Thus, the faux stained glass kids foil picture. Here’s what we did.
thin cardboard (like from a cereal box)
a hole punch
brightly colored markers (we used Sharpies)
Here’s what you do:
Cut one side off a cereal box with the scissors.
Punch holes every inch or so all around the cardboard rectangle.
Cut a piece of string about 2 feet long. Thread one end of the string through one of the holes and tape it to the cardboard. Feed the other end of the string through a random hole on the opposite side of the rectangle and back through another random hole on one of the adjacent sides. Keep wrapping the cardboard, going through random holes, until you run out of string. Be sure to tape the end to the same side the other end is taped to.
Cut two pieces of aluminum foil and stack them, shiny side down. Lay the string wrapped cardboard with the taped side up on top of the foil. Wrap the foil sheets around the cardboard like you wrapping a present. Tape the edges down. Turn the whole thing over.
Carefully feel for the strings and run your fingers over them, tracing lines on the foil. Don’t use your fingernails, as the foil tears quite easily!
Now take the markers and fill in the spaces between the strings, either solidly or with patterns. Be gentle with the markers! If your foil should tear, just wrap another sheet around the cardboard and you’re set to go. No need to pull the torn sheet off–in fact, it gives you extra padding to help prevent tears.
Isn’t that beautiful? After REMY did four of these, she decided to just draw on aluminum foil, which is a work of art in itself!