Stained Glass – Functional Art

Have you ever been inside an old church or cathedral?  Chances are, you’ve seen beautiful works of art – in the windows.

Rose Window By Krzysztof Mizera, changed by Chagler and MathKnight (Based on File:Rozeta Paryż notre-dame chalger.jpg) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Stained glass is made through a careful process of adding metallic salts to color glass.  Pieces of the colored glass are then cut into small shapes and assembled into pictures or designs, and usually connected using strips of lead.

The window above is called a rose window.  ‘Rose window’ is a general term applied to round decorative windows, with a design that resembles the petals of a rose.  Rose windows are characteristic of Gothic architecture, and can be found in most Gothic cathedrals in Northern France.

Try making your own rose window.  First, use a sharpener to collect colorful wax shavings on a piece of wax paper.

Then, cover your design with another piece of wax paper. Then, using paper towels on the bottom and top to absorb any mess, iron your design – it only takes about one second for the wax to melt.


Next, using a piece of black construction paper, cut a snowflake-style frame.  It doesn’t have to be just like this.  Remember – they are all different.

Stained-Glass-2Glue your frame to the melted wax design.


 Trim the excess wax paper, and hang up your beautiful rose window and enjoy!

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One Response to Stained Glass – Functional Art

  1. Michelle says:

    That is so cool. I'm going to do that with my kids next week.

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