Aluminum Foil Becomes Stained Glass

ARTmobile project you can do at home to engage your little ones’ love of art

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council


  1. Child will learn about stained glass windows and see examples.
  2. Child will learn about using outlines to create images.
  3. Child will glue yarn to cardstock to create outlines of his or her image.
  4. Child will cover cardstock with aluminum foil and uses a pencil to press down on the foil, outlining the creases made by the yarn.
  5. Child will color in the spaces between the lines with colored markers. (Optional: Add glitter glue sparingly.)

Age Level
Project should be easily accomplished by ages 4 and up with help from a grown-up.

Approximate Time
Project should be accomplished in 30 minutes or less.

  • Materials Needed
  • Cardstock (already cut to size)
  • Aluminum foil (already cut to size)
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Pencils
  • Bic markers
  • Glitter glue

Educational Aspects

  • Learn about how stained glass windows are created.
  • Learn about how images can be made using outlines and blocks of color.


  • Introduce children to stained glass window art.
  • Use outlines to create their own images.
  • Practice manipulating objects and using tools to create their images.

Looking for the ARTMobile this summer?

You’ll find it each Tuesday at 1pm at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library; at 9am Wednesdays and noon Thursdays at the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market; at 6pm Thursdays at the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park; and at 7:30am Saturdays (except July 28) at the Artist Market of Eau Claire at Phoenix Park. The ARTMobile will also be part of Chalkfest on the UW-Eau Claire campus at 11am Saturday, July 28. For a full schedule, visit eauclairearts.com/artmobile.phtml.