Camp Style Tie Dye Stained Glass

Yesterday, as part of our Craft Lightning Craft Camp, I shared with you simple and easy less-mess tie dye. Because I loved dying shirts at camp. Today I wanted to bring dye into another part of craft camping… because most of the craft huts I’ve seen at camps only have a limited amount of supplies, it helps to be able to use the same supplies in multiple ways – and Rit dye is one of the most versatile supplies out there. It made shirts yesterday, and stained glass today!

camp style stained glass

Craft Lighting is a semi-monthly series where Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I, along with our blogging friends, make fast (15 minute or less) projects on the same theme. This week, the theme is Camp Crafts – and we’re having so much fun with this. In case you missed them, go check out the Day 1 Camp Craft Roundup and Day 2 Camp Craft Roundup.

This camp-style tie dye stained glass is super easy to make. You only need a few supplies
Elmer’s School Glue
Rit Dye
Wooden skewers
Popsicle Sticks
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Hot Glue

Start by making the glue dye. You need school glue that is about 3/4 of the way full – then add your dye.

dye into glue

Use a wooden skewer to stir your glue dye.

mix dye glue

Make as many colors as you would like.

dye glue

Put your glue dye aside, and make your “glass” frames. Start by cutting your bag. You can make two frames from each bag.

trim plastic bag

Hot glue the popsicle sticks in place. I did two vertical pieces first, with a horizontal piece (not glued) behind to measure the distance apart.

make popsicle stick frame

Add the horizontal sticks with hot glue as well, then trim off the extra plastic.

trim off plastic

Now create your designs with the dye glue! You’ll want to use a very THIN layer of dye glue.

create thin layer of dye glue

To create a fun tie dye look, add thin stripes of color.

thin layers of dye glue

Then use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the colors together.

swirl the colors

You can leave the gaps to allow more light through, or close the gaps by spreading the dye glue with the toothpick.

use toothpick to spread dye glue

Once you’ve created your designs, allow them to dry.

allow to dry

Place your tie dye stained glass in a bright window to catch the light!

tie dye stained glass

Then make sure to come back tonight for a round up of more fun and fast camp craft ideas!


  1. […] My partner for this series, 30 Minute Crafts, is sharing some camp style tie dyed stain glass.  You will never guess what she uses for this amazing little project.  Trust me it is NOT what you expect.  Click here to get the full instructions for making your own. […]

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