Glass Window of Hope


Have you ever looked through a peephole in a door? It gives you just enough information to decide if you want to open that door. The edges of the image are distorted and you can’t see the whole picture, so you have to make a decision. “Do I want more of what I see in this window?” For many people struggling with addiction and mental illness opening the door to change is a scary idea. If the door is the obstacle, the peephole is the deciding factor in whether or not a person will open the door and move on with their life.  This project uses the theme of the “peephole” to offer a glimpse of hope on the other side.

Materials: magazines, scissors, small magnets, decretive glass pebble, Elmer’s glue, inspirational quotes.


Directions: print out a collection of inspirational quotes. Here are some examples:

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” -Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“A cloud never dies”. -Thich Nhat Hanh

“Up from a past that’s rooted in pain, I rise. I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise.” -Maya Angelou.

Something all these authors have in common is that they went up against insurmountable odds and never lost their hope. They never let the hate that surrounded them dim their light. As you do this project think about what gives you hope? What is it that could encourage you to open the door and go boldly?

Pick the quote you like the best then look through a magazine and find an image that connects with the quote. Make sure the image will fit under your glass pebble. Use the pebble to trace the magazine image and cut it out. Cut out the words you’d like to include in your image and glue them on the picture. *for extra support, cut a circle out of watercolor paper for the backing*

After all the glue has dried, you can use the Elmer’s glue to fix the image to the flat side of the glass pebble.  There will be air bubbles so make sure you hold the image nice and tight for a minute. When its completely dry, use the scissors to cut away any overhanging edges. Using a stronger glue, fix the magnet to the back and you’re done!


2 responses to “Glass Window of Hope

  1. This is a lovely idea. It just feels a bit cramped, small to work with. Do you think it would work on a small glass window pane? I wonder where you could buy one. Or maybe buy one of those clip photo frames and use the front?? A paperweight would be nice but I don’t know if you can buy a clear paperweight.

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