So many kinds of stained glass!

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You all know how much I love suncatchers and stained glass, right? I was looking back through some of the different kinds we've done and thought I'd pull them together in one post. Many involve clear contact paper and colored tissue paper; others use waxed paper and crayon. All are easy and fun for a child to make!

I'd love to learn about other kinds of kid-friendly stained glass as well, so please comment or add links to your own posts!


Frank Lloyd Wright inspired stained glass: Contact paper, colored tissue paper cut in geometric shapes, and a sharpie to outline the shapes. One of our favorites.


Nature suncatchers: Freshly collected flowers and leaves sandwiched between contact paper.


Name suncatcher: Balled up tissue paper used to spell a child's name.

Hearts  Leaf-mosaic-med

Stained glass hearts and stained glass leaves: Wax paper and melted crayon shavings, cut in seasonal shapes.


Stars: As above, but in frames.


String suncatchers: String, ribbon, and contact paper.


Tissue paper suncatchers: Colored tissue paper sandwiched between clear contact paper. Very easy and fun!


Oiled drawing stained glass: Vegetable oil rubbed over a crayon drawing.


Tissue paper stained glass: My favorite so far for the finished result! This one uses liquid starch, tissue paper, and wax paper.


Valentine's stained glass: handmade tissue paper heart doilies sandwiched between contact paper.


Easter egg suncatchers: Ribbon and tissue paper balls between contact paper.

Any others?

This is one of a series of themed round-up posts on great art activities we've enjoyed at The Artful Parent. I've also done round-ups on watercolors, on tempera paint ideas, on felt boards, on printmaking for kids, on homemade art materials, and on nature art ideas.


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  1. says

    We’ve made stained glass using colored cellophane shapes. You can also put the colored cellophane between the sheets of a page protector — no sticky paper needed!

  2. says

    One great idea we use is corn syrup paints, made with light corn syrup and food colroing. I’ve found that painting on the sticky side of contact paper and folding it over, using packaging tape to seal the edges works best. The only tricky part is that the paint runs if it gets too humid… BUT if you seal it well, then the colors just run a little bit.

  3. says

    Your children will forever have art be an important and valued part of their lives thanks to the work you are encouraging right now with them. Such a nice blog – and a beautiful way to archive their growth as people and artists. Kudos!!!

  4. Christina says

    What beautiful stained glass your little artists have made. I wanted to pass on a technique I discovered when I taught in a 4 year old classroom. I wanted to be able to create crayon (wax) stained glass, but bringing an iron to school with several 4 year olds running around posed a problem. I discovered however, that a heating pad works very well. The cloth covering has to be taken off or it takes Waaaaay to long, but if you put it on the med-high setting, it only takes a minute of 2 for their stained glass to “appear”. I have a large heating pad and I fold it in half and the children place their creation inside the fold. If the art work is larger, 2 heating pads could be used. What I think is best about this method, is that the children are all able to do it all by themselves. Hope you find this helpful.

  5. says

    Such lovely examples of light through colour. I’m a big fan of cellophane as you can see on my blog.