Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft for Kids

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Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft Project for KidsWe made tissue paper stained glass the other day, before our beach trip, mostly because I had a big batch of liquid starch that we needed to use (from when we made salt paint).

The idea for this tissue paper stained glass craft is from MaryAnn Kohl’s  great book, Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children.

Basically I went through the book looking for any activities that used liquid starch. I came up with quite a list! Who knew you could do so much with the stuff!

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft for Kids


Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft Project for Kids


1. First Maia tore up some colored tissue paper into small pieces. This part is fun for little kids! You could also cut the tissue paper into geometric shapes or something if you wanted to…

2. Next, Maia made her tissue paper stained glass with the tissue paper and liquid starch on wax paper. She helped tape down a sheet of waxed paper to use as the base for the stained glass. Then she brushed the liquid starch all over the waxed paper, set a piece of tissue paper on the liquid starch-covered piece of wax paper, then brushed more liquid starch over the piece.

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft Project for Kids

She continued adding layers of liquid starch and colored tissue paper until her waxed paper was covered with the colored tissue paper scraps.

3. Let it dry.

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft Project for Kids

4. After the tissue paper stained glass dried, we hung it in the window to let the sun shine through.


Tissue Paper Stained Glass

This might be my favorite stained glass project yet!

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  1. Karen Kerns says

    I’ve done flower pots that way- brush on mod podge on plain terra cotta pots, stick little bits of tissue all over and then coat with a couple coats of mod podge. They are really pretty!

  2. MrsP says

    I’m looking for a way to make an inexpensive homemade privacy window film. I want to be able to let light through but block people from seeing in my living room window which is right next to the main walkway outside. Are you able to see through the tissue paper stained glass?

  3. Alyssa says

    I did this with a 3.5 year old, she LOVED it! It took a bit of patience on my end at times, but it was a fun time filler.

  4. jenny says

    where can I get the waxed paper from or could i use baking paper? And aso do I need to buy liquid laundry starch or can I make my own?