Stained Glass Kites On A Rainy Day

On our way home from church today, the boys disappointedly saw large dark clouds rolling in, replacing those beautiful blue skies with gray and dashing any hope that they had for grand adventures outside.  By the time lunch was over, sounds of thunder and flashes of light began as the rain started to fall.

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Drastic measures would have to be taken in order to keep the peace and entertain my guys.  CRAFT TIME!  Craft time is the answer to our rainy day!

If we couldn’t be outside basking in the sunshine, we could at least pretend.  I grabbed the following and we got down to craft business.

  • Black card stock (or construction paper)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Assorted tissue paper
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Contact paper
  • Ribbon

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Using my ruler, I drew a kite shape on the piece of black card stock.  I then inset a smaller diamond shape about a half inch inside this. The X-acto blade was perfect for cutting out that center piece without damaging the delicate shape.

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Once I had the kite border cut out, I used the scraps to create a cross shape on the kite.

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Now, contact paper would have been absolutely perfect for this part but because it was pouring and I was not about to brave the weather to run to the craft store to get contact paper, we used strips of packing tape (sticky side up) and it worked beautifully…and I didn’t have to get wet.  Win, win!

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After carefully lying our kite border pieces on the sticky tape, we got busy cutting out random little shapes of tissue paper and some leftover party streamers we found in our stash.

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The scraps of tissue paper were then meticulously arranged (i.e. handfuls smashed onto their work area with some serious fist pounding) until the sticky was completely covered.

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Noah worked so hard making sure every millimeter was covered at least three times with tissue paper.

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Once done, we all had creations that looked like this one.

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We covered the tissue paper with another layer of tape and trimmed the edges.

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Levi was especially proud of his gorgeous stained glass kite.

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We used some ribbon to make tails for our kites and decided that the perfect addition would be a key, since it was storming outside and all good fans of Benjamin Franklin know that you would never fly a kite in a lightning storm without a key.  So we all made our own paper versions of a key and attached them to the tails before decorating the dining room windows with our masterpieces.

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The boys ran and got “Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin” by Gene Barretta and snuggled in below their kites for a rainy day read.

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Even the dog came by to join the action.

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I would say that this rainy day turned out to be pretty perfect.

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Rachel Skvaril - Sugar artist at Fondant Flinger

Rachel Skvaril – Sugar artist at Fondant Flinger