Valentine Craft – Milk Bottle Stained Glass Hearts

I love making Valentine treats, gifts and decorations with the children and you can see all of our favourite Valentine crafts here.

Our Up-Cycled Jewelled Sun Catchers craft has been so popular we felt inspired to get chopping up the plastic milk bottles again, this time to make these gorgeous Stained Glass Hearts.

It’s so lovely to make something beautiful using something you were going to throw away. I love the way that recycled crafts help my children understand the need to care for the world and look after the environment.

The translucent nature of plastic milk bottles make them perfect for creating these colourful stained glass effect hearts.  Hung at a window the light shines through them illuminating the colours. So quick and simple to do, children will love that they’ve created something so beautiful, so easily. Perfect for Valentine’s Day,  Mother’s Day or as a birthday gift.

Make gorgeous Stained Glass Hearts from up-cycled milk jugs. A great Valentine's Day craft for kids.

Hanging Stained Glass Effect Heart

How To Make A Milk Bottle Stained Glass Effect Valentine Heart

You will need

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  1. Cut out the large flat side of the milk bottle.
  2. Draw on your heart shape and cut it out.
  3. Use the hole punch to cut a hole for threading.
  4. Tear the tissue paper into little pieces.
  5. Cover one side of the heart thickly with glue.
  6. Stick on the tissue paper and set aside to dry.
  7. Once fully dry trim around the edges.
  8. Thread with ribbon and hang in the window.

This is such a simple and adaptable idea. We used pink and purple tissue paper but you could of course use any colour combination you like and the tissue paper sets you can buy above have a range of gorgeous colours. Why not let the children come up with their own shape ideas and experiment with different coverings, perhaps paint or felt tips, fabric or buttons.

Make gorgeous Stained Glass Hearts from up-cycled milk jugs. A great Valentine's Day craft for kids.

Stained Glass Effect Valentine Heart

You might like to have a look at our pretty Jewelled Valentine Heart Sun Catchers too. Another simple idea for children to enjoy.

Jewelled Valentine Heart

Jewelled Valentine Heart Sun Catchers

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This activity supports: Expressive Arts and Design: in the EYFS Early Learning Goals.
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  1. What a great idea :) think we’ll have to give that a try!

  2. Love these! They are so pretty! :-)

  3. So pretty and I love the jewelled hearts. You have so many lovely ideas for Valentines.


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