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Stained Glass Paper Craft Ideas

These paper craft stained glass cut-outs look lovely hanging in windows on a sunny day, and they’re easy and fun to make – particularly if you have lots of hands sharing the task of ripping up the tissue paper, mixing the glue, and putting it all together.


Easy Craft for Kids: Stained Glass Cut-Outs

Sitting down and making paper crafts with your kids is a great way to spend some quality time together. Talking through the task not only helps them articulate and understand what they’re doing and making – it encourages their sociability and empathy at the same time.

Making one of these paper craft ideas – stained glass shapes out of tissue paper – is all about the practical stuff – the cutting out of shapes and glue painting, of course. But, talking and cooperating is very important, too. That’s what’s essential to completing the tasks in these kids’ projects and what will provide the greatest benefit for your kids.


What you will need:

  • A plastic bag
  • Sticky tape
  • PVA glue or runny white glue
  • Bowl
  • Some tissue paper in two or three favourite colours
  • A paintbrush


How to make it:

Step 1 - Prepare for Easy Crafts

Cut a large square (approximately 30cm by 25cm) from your plastic bag and secure it to a table by sticking the four corners down with some tape. This is to hold it in place while you get creative with this easy craft for kids project.

Step 2 - Prepare Tissue Paper

Rip or cut the tissue paper into small squares, and mix the glue in a bowl with some water to make a slightly thinner mixture.

Step 3 - Paint with Glue to Create Stained Glass

Paint a layer of glue over the plastic bag and cover with the shredded or cut up tissue paper. You could do this randomly or make a pattern with different colours. Now, while the first paper layer is still wet, paint over the tissue paper with the glue mixture. Overlap the tissue paper so that you don’t leave any gaps. Make sure all the paper is covered with glue, as this will give your coloured paper a really nice shiny finish.

Step 4 - Leave to Dry & Remove Glue Stains

Leave the paper craft stained glass to dry overnight. Now is a good time to clear up any of the glue that’s found its way onto your kids’ clothes. Anything with glue on it should be soaked in cold water for 10-15 minutes and then washed normally with your favourite Surf excel detergent.

Step 5 - Create a Beautiful Shape

When your coloured paper craft is dry, you can peel it off of the plastic bag and draw an outline of the object you want to create. Why not try making a butterfly, a boat, a star, or maybe a flower? Once you’re happy with the design, cut out your shapes and admire!

Step 6 - Display Your Stained Glass Craft

These fun paper crafts are now ready to be put on display! Use sticky tape to fasten your paper craft creation to a window and see the colours shine on a sunny day, just like beautiful stained glass.


Additional Information:

Not only do your kids now have unique stained glass shapes to hang up in windows at school or around the house (they could even make quite nice presents for their grandparents or teachers) – they’ve had a chance to work with you on a paper craft project and had fun learning how to work as a team towards a goal. And those are the results that shine through!

Let us know how you get on making these stained glass cut-outs, and share any other suggestions for sociable kids’ craft activities or paper craft ideas that they can work through together.