art projects for kids and random other stuff

this past week’s art project with the kids was a little more ‘supply intensive’ than usual but very satisfying for the boys because it was guaranteed to result in a beautiful piece of art work. we made these glass art displays for the window. I can’t for the life of me remember the website that I saw this project on but it was amazing and filled with fantastic projects, many of which are bouncing around my head. sorry to that website and all their hard work. my head is obviously bouncing around with lots of stuff or I would remember your site!

this project uses dollar store glass frames with the backs removes, clear glue, glass pebbles, and suction cups.  to prolong the fun I also had the boys ‘wash’ the clear pebbles. they loved splashing them around in a tub of water and felt a part of the preparation of the project, which is always nice.  once everything was dried, I handed them both a bottle of clear glue, a prepared frame and  sponge-style paintbrush.  they poured on the glue and spread it with the paint brush (it’s important to put down lots of glue! my cautious boys poured out a small amount…I had to encourage them to really go for it.) then they can place the pebbles wherever they want.  interestingly, both boys stacked the pebbles on top of each other while I laid all of mine flat (of course I made one, too!).  I love the way that kids don’t always see the barriers that adults do…why not stack them?!



after they had dried for a LOOOOONG time, I super-glued suction cups onto the glass-side of the frames so they would stick up on the window.  and, that is were they are displayed now! (note: I don’t entirely trust the itty-bitty suction cups that I glued on, so they are still resting on the window sill a bit.)  it was a dreary, wet, grey week last week so it was nice to have a little something brightening up our window.


I think we are going to try this next. though, I’m seriously considering doing it without the kids and giving it to them as a holiday gift.

I’ve also got a lot of projects going for handmade holidays this year but I can’t share those just yet! don’t want any peaky peakers to lose out on their surprise. but, here are some nice ideas.

finally…keep your computer close tomorrow! it’s giveaway day at sew mama sew. hundreds of bloggers give away handmade items, sewing supplies, and other craft supplies. it’s insane and super fun and be sure to check back here! I’ve got a giveaway to seriously kit out a sewer! …it’s not to be missed, my friends.

5 Comments on art projects for kids and random other stuff

  1. Grace
    December 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this!

  2. melisssa
    September 14, 2015 at 12:51 am (2 years ago)

    Which side is the “glass side” when applying suction cups? And which side do you stick the pebbles on? The back or front?

    • Melissa Q.
      September 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm (2 years ago)

      The pebbles and the suction cup should be on opposite sides so that you can hang it up.

  3. Jayne
    September 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm (2 years ago)

    The look amazing. I’m trying to do a similar thing in gluing glass to glass but I’m not sure what glue to use. Could you tell me which glue you used, it seems to have dried beautifully and added to the effect!


    • Melissa Q.
      September 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh darn. I don’t remember all that well but I really think we used regular Elmer’s glue but the CLEAR kind and we used tons of it and it took forever to dry. I do remember that!


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