My son loved creating stained glass art using a picture frame, food coloring, and our favorite homemade glue recipe.

When I first saw this project by our friends at Smart School House, I knew it was something we had to try. But instead of using store-bought glue, we decided to make our own!

Stained Glass Art

We love working with Imperial Sugar to come up with these fun projects to teach kids that they can use simple household items to create crafts and have fun. We used their sugar glue recipe as the base for our stained glass art, and I just love how it turned out!

The cool thing about using sugar glue as a base is that as the food coloring spreads along the glue, it soaks into pieces of sugar to create a crystallized look. My son loved trying to guess when a color would continue to bleed and when it would stop. So much fun!

Stained Glass Art

Here’s what you need to make stained glass art:

  • Small picture frames with a glass panel
  • Food coloring
  • Sponge brush
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Imperial SugarHow to Make Sugar Glue

In a medium-sized saucepan, stir together the flour, sugar, oil, and water over low heat. Cook until smooth, then remove from heat. This will be your glue!

Remove the backing from your picture frames so that only the glass remains. Turn them upside down so that you are working with the inside of the frame.

Glue onto Picture Frame

Use your sponge brush to spread a thin layer of glue onto the glass.

Dropping Food Coloring onto Glue

Add drops of food coloring onto the glass. It will spread and bleed along the glue. Some of the colors will mix together and it will look so pretty!

Allow to dry overnight. Display by a window so the light can filter through all of the colors for a beautiful display!

Stained Glass Frames

I just love how different each one looks, depending on the colors used and how they flow on top of the glue!

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Fall is here and that means it’s time to get crafting! Make sure you visit Imperial Sugar Kids in The Kitchen, where you can find fun recipe and craft ideas for kids using sugar!

And you can check out these fun activities we’ve made using sugar:

So what are you waiting for? Grab a bag of sugar and get to making memories!

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