Bright sunlight and big picture windows need lots of colorful glass, don't you agree? We have been busy making mosaics the last couple of days. This is a "Waylon's naptime" project--he likes to taste all art materials and I really do not want small shards of glass in his mouth. You can often get small scraps of colored glass from a stained glass store. All the pieces I have were already small so I did not need to cut any glass. If you don't have access to glass shards, or don't wish to risk cut fingers, you can use the little round glass bubbles in the floral department of a craft store.
We used an old picture frame and some Elmer's glue. The clear frame glass was left in the frame as a background on which to stick the colored pieces of glass. We used a few beads and a seashell or two as well. I have found that Elmer's glue works very well on glass for indoor use. Everyone has it and there are no fumes.
I opted not to grout as a final step as you would with a traditional mosaic. We may work our way up to that but for now we are sticking to glue and glass.
For what it is worth, there were no cut fingers, just lots of concentration and fine motor tuning.
When I was four years old a friend asked me how I learned to be so good at "coloring". My response, which I have heard my parents tell and retell many times, was that you have to get up every day and color, color, color. Since then I have been doing just that and a little more. My undergraduate degree is in art and I have a graduate degree in art education. I taught art in the public schools for several years before becoming a full-time mom in 2005. I now have two little ones and my creative outlet has been making art with my kids (and a few others).