Kids’ Art Project Ideas Using Plexiglass Plastic Sheets

 

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Kids' art project ideas using plexiglassChildren love the spontaneity of play, which is why a kids’ art project that is simple and lacks detailed instructions is often the most fun and allows for the most creativity!  Here are some inexpensive kids’ art project ideas that children of all ages will enjoy.  Each project begins with a piece of plexiglass sheet that the kids can decorate and use in different ways.  For a renewable art surface, we recommend using washable paints and markers so your plexiglass “canvas” can be cleaned easily and reused indefinitely.

Faux Stained Glass

This is a fun kids’ art project idea that uses washable paints, however, you can also use “glass paints” for a more authentic stained glass effect or if you want the painting to last and resist peeling.  Another option is to lightly sand the surface first, followed by applying a primer and using specific types of paints, as discussed in  the article “What Paints Work on Plexiglass?” by Dale Yalanovsky.

Supplies

Plexiglass sheet (approximately 12” x 12”)

2-3 colors of tempera or acrylic paints (light colors work best)

Paper plates

Paint brushes (one for each color paint)

Water-based black paint pen or dry-erase crayon (like Crayola Window markers)

Newspaper to protect table

Rubbing alcohol and lint-free cloth to clean plexiglass

Velcro picture hanging strips

Faux stained glass using plexiglassProject Instructions

1)  Spread newspaper over table to protect from paint spills.

2)  Remove dust and fingerprint oils from plexiglass sheet by cleaning it with a little rubbing alcohol and a soft lint-free cloth (microfiber cloths work well).

3)  Pour paint colors into separate paper plates.  Supply child with a paint brush for each color.

4)  Instruct child to swirl paint colors on one side of the plexiglass sheet until the entire side is covered.  It’s okay for colors to overlap and mix.

5)  Let paint dry for at least 30 minutes.

6)  When completely dry to touch, turn painted plexiglass sheet over and have child draw a simple line-drawing using the black paint pen or marker.

7)  Using Velcro hanging strips, hang finished artwork in a sunny window where the colors will sparkle like real stained glass.

To Reuse Plexiglass Sheet: Tempera paints will wash off easily with mild soap and water.  To remove acrylic paints, follow these instructions.

Thank you to Parenting.com for this kids’ art project idea.

Mini Plexiglass Easels

Mini plexiglass easelsRemember how much fun it was to scribble on the road or driveway with a piece of chalk?  Kids really love creating art on different types of surfaces, which is why this kids’ art project using stand-up plexiglass sign holders is a sure to be a hit.

Supplies

8-1/2” x 11” plexiglass sign holder (purchase at any office supply store)

Water-based paint pens or dry-erase crayons in assorted colors (like Crayola Window markers)

Colored construction paper

Rubbing alcohol and soft lint-free cloth to clean plexiglass

Project Instructions

1)  Remove dust and fingerprint oils from plexiglass sign holder by cleaning it with a little rubbing alcohol and a soft lint-free cloth (microfiber cloths work well).

2)  Give child an assortment of colored paint pens or markers and let them create a masterpiece right on the plexiglass sign holder.

3)  When the child finishes drawing, slide a piece of construction paper into the sign holder to create a colorful background.

To Reuse Plexiglass Sign Holder: Wipe clean with the lint-free cloth using a little water or rubbing alcohol.

Thank you to blogger Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. for this kids’ art project idea.

Stamping on Plexiglass

Stamping on plexiglassKids love the novelty of creating art through stamping.  Part of the fun is experimenting with different textures, shapes and colors. Using see-through plexiglass sheets as the canvas adds another dimension to the finished artwork.  Begin the adventure by searching for everyday materials to use for stamps — anything that holds paint and can be pressed flat onto the plexiglass can be used as a stamp.  Try pieces of cellulose sponges, chunks of potatoes or carrots, evergreen branches, sticks, corks and plastic bottle caps.

Supplies

Plexiglass sheets (any manageable size)

Tempera or acrylic paints in assorted colors

Paper plates to hold paint

Everyday objects that can be used as stamps (vary the sizes, textures and shapes)

Newspaper to protect table

Rubbing alcohol and lint-free cloth to clean plexiglass

Project Instructions

1)  Spread newspaper over table to protect from paint spills.

2)  Remove dust and fingerprint oils from plexiglass sheet by cleaning it with a little rubbing alcohol and a soft lint-free cloth (microfiber cloths work well).

3)  Pour paint colors into separate paper plates and spread to form a thin puddle.

4)  Have the child select a stamp and press it firmly into the paint.  Lift the stamp slowly above the plate and hold it there until any excess paint drips off.

5)  When the dripping stops, press the stamp firmly onto the Plexiglass.

6)  Allow the child to experiment with different shapes and colors.  Encourage them to make abstract designs or create a picture of an object, like a flower or tree.

7)  Remember that the plexiglass surface is totally forgiving!  Splotches or mistakes can be wiped away easily with a dampened cloth.

Where to Buy Plexiglass

Plexiglass sheets are easy to find and available in many sizes.  Note that “plexiglass” is the popularized name for the trademarked product “Plexiglas.” Both terms can be used to describe an acrylic sheet, which is the generic name for this material.  Art supply stores carry plexiglass to use for framing.  Teachers looking for an economical source can try their local home supply store — they usually carry large pieces of plexiglass and may be willing to cut it down into smaller pieces.  Note that freshly-cut plexiglass edges might be sharp to little fingers, so cover them with a heavy tape for protection.

If you have a question about using plexiglass sheets for a kids’ art project or want additional information on handling plexiglass, contact E&T Plastics.  We’re here to help!

 

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