This plexiglass craft idea comes from my talented
mother-in-law. She loves her band saw and cuts these trees from store
bought plexiglass sheets. She paints them and sells them finished, but
has also had luck selling them as "paint your own" craft kits! You will
need a band saw, and a sheet of plexiglass. Plexiglass can be found at
home improvement stores. Once they are cut and painted, little votive
candles are stacked behind the design, which are beautiful when lit.
Try cutting different types of designs, such as a house, or snowmen in
a field. This craft can be used for any holiday with your imagination!
Needed to Make a Plexiglass Craft
- Plexiglass sheet, approximately 20 inches by 23 inches for the design I cut.
- A band saw
- Glass paint (enamel) in colors of your choice
- Paint brush
- Outline paste (for a leaded glass effect on glass or plastic). This is
usually sold by the glass paints and it comes in a squeeze tube.
- Glue, industrial strength (I use E-6000)
- 3 votive candles/holders, or 3 battery operated candles
1. Begin the plexiglass
craft by making any pattern you choose on paper, and tracing it with a
marker on to the plexiglass. Cut out the pattern with a band saw. For
this particular project there are three trees, which were extremely
easy to cut. To do this, three triangles shapes were cut (but attached
together near the bottom). Then the "notches" were cut into the
sides of the tree (the triangle shapes) with a band saw. The tallest
tree was 10 inches tall, and the width of the three trees was 10
inches. Whatever your pattern is, you will need to cut two
plexiglass shapes of the pattern, which will both be
exactly the same.
2. Next, cut the following two rectangles from the plexiglass: 2.5
inches by 2.25 inches, and a 10 inch long rectangle by 2.25 inches.
The 10 inch long bottom piece should be as long as your design,
so change the size if necessary. The little square at the top
help adds more support and allows for a tealight to be placed a bit
higher than the others.
3. Using the leaded paint
first, outline the trees and add ornaments if desired. Only paint one side of
the plexiglass, but do both patterns. Allow to dry completely.
4. Paint both sets of plexiglass (again, one side only) with the glass enamel
5. Glue the small square
to the middle of the tree, approximately 1.5 inches from the bottom. Glue the
long rectangle along the bottom edge of the pattern. Allow to dry.
6. Glue the
other plexiglass pattern to the small insert rectangles to complete the craft,
and allow to dry.
7. Place a votive along each edge, and one on the middle tier. Enjoy!
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