One crafternoon in spring of 2016, I started looking through a box of frames Mary had in her basement. I found one I liked: small, square, white, beveled edges. It looked like the perfect canvas to me. I was in the process of remodeling my kitchen, and while I was at it, I wanted to add a faux stained glass piece over the sink. Mary gave me the frame. I took it home, created an art-deco pattern I liked, bought some paints at Michael’s, and got to work. I showed Mary the finished product a week later, and she decided to make one too, using a much larger frame that would fit in her front window. I decided to keep her company and make a second piece.
Crafts with Repurpose
You get where this is going: for our first Repurpose project, faux stained glass was the perfect fit. We’ve both done it before and we wanted to bring this gorgeous, highly forgiving, endlessly customizable project to Maker Practice. For our design choices, we looked to the art deco pieces original to so many Catonsville homes, with clean lines that appealed to us.
With this project, we focus on fundamental skills with a greater goal in mind: giving makers creative inspiration for repurposing items in their own homes. With the Repurpose line, we hope we’ll encourage makers to try things they might not have considered before to give new life to pre-loved objects.
In our testing phase, Mary and I wanted to move away from one-use items to amplify the green focus of Repurpose crafts; reusing a frame while buying a bunch of new, one-use paints would defeat the purpose. The problem inspired us to try a new technique, and we love the result.
Because of the customizable nature of this craft, literally every single one that walks out of the studio will be different. There is something so magical about that! We’ve assembled the tools, materials, and directions, but each finished craft—just like the person who made it—will be unique. We hope you’ll love your faux-stained glass, whether it ends up on a window sill or on a wall or with a light behind it.