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Autumn Leaves Craft :: A Stained Glass Window


Autumn Leaves Craft - Make a Stained Glass Window

We made a new “stained glass” window for our front door using Autumn leaves and contact paper.

Pretty, eh?

These leaves are from a parking lot tree. I’m such a sucker for colorful fall leaves that I’ve gotten to the point where I stop to gather some when I’m running errands.

Here’s how to make this simple Autumn leaves craft ::


Autumn Leaves Stained Glass Window

Fall Leaves Stained Glass Window Decorations

Aren’t these leaves beautiful with the sun shining through?

To make this leaf stained glass, add autumn leaves face down to the sticky side of transparent contact paper. Then simply stick the contact paper directly to the window. When you’re ready for a change, just pull the contact paper off the window.

Fall Leaves Stained Glass Window Decorations

A few of the leaves on this panel were dried, but for the most part we used freshly picked leaves. From the flower suncatchers that we’ve made (such as the flower petal stained glass door), I learned that after a week or two the leaves and flowers look as though they’ve been pressed and dried, especially if they were thin to begin with (i.e. there isn’t a full flower or layers of flowers but rather flat leaves or flower petals).

Fall Leaves Stained Glass Window Decorations

You may have noticed drawings on a couple of the panels above. Maia drew trees on the contact paper pieces first before we added the leaves.

Fall Leaves Stained Glass Window Decorations

Here’s the panel with the tree drawing and the leaves. The drawing didn’t show up as well as I thought it would, but the effect is kind of neat anyway.

Fall Leaves Stained Glass Window Decorations

To the right of our leafy front door, you can see (sorta anyway) the pumpkins on our front porch and the dogwood tree in it’s full red glory. I love fall!

And I’m also loving the changing art display case that the front door windows are proving to be. Loving all the stained glass effects we’re able to create, using seasonal inspiration and different techniques.

For another Autumn leaves craft, try doodling on the leaves with Sharpie markers. Or make Autumn suncatchers.

In fact, here are 31 Autumn Crafts, Pumpkin Recipes, and Halloween Decorations if you want to go all out.

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    October 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Oh this is beautiful!

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    [email protected] My Kids Make
    October 10, 2011 at 8:18 am

    those look fantastic, especially with the sun shining through!!! Fall at its best

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    October 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

    We just pulled off our last round of water color “stained glass”. Totally going to do this next. Thank you for the great ideas. My daughter and I always enjoy them.

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    October 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Oh I must give this a try with my son!

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    Rashmie @ MommyLabs
    October 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

    So pretty! What better way to decorate the house than with embellishments from nature.

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    The Artful Parent
    October 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks, everyone!

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    Kat Beaulieu
    October 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

    This is a great idea that I’d love to try with my 4-5 year old class ~ Sticking on some of the windows at school will look beautiful ~ think I’d like to try putting another piece of the contact paper to sandwich in the leaves, then the children will be able to take them home. Have you ever tried this?

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    October 11, 2011 at 5:48 am

    This is so pretty. I must admit I am prone to stopping and gathering pretty autumn leaves when I see them too! So far we’ve only pressed some, but I am constantly inspired by all the lovely things you show us on your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Glad I’m not the only one!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 11, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Yep! We do that, too! Works well.

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    October 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Wish we lived where there were beautiful leaves to decorate like that! We don’t have “fall” here in FL!

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    October 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Really lovely, my four year old loves to collect leaves in random places, now we can put them up. You seem to have matte contact paper, is that better, and will it leave a sticky mess on the windows?

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    October 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This is totally happening at our house with my 2-year-old. She can do it and it would look so pretty!

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    October 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I saw this on pinterest and did this to the windows on my back door over the weekend, looks amazing!! Thanks so much for the idea!

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    November 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I love how your handmade stained glass fits the window panes. Looks so professional! I’m an Interior Designer and and artist {and homeschool mom} so I’m always drawn to beautiful things. I featured your post on the Montessori MOMents site & Facebook page. Here are the links:
    Thanks for the beautiful project!

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    November 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Brilliant and lovely!

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    Anthony Blommel
    December 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    That’s very creative. It made the otherwise boring clear glass look beautiful. It just goes to show how a little creativity can make any bland thing more interesting.

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    JDaniel4's Mom
    August 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This is so pretty! What a wonderful idea!

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    September 24, 2012 at 2:43 am

    So glad I saw this post. We did this this weekend, the kids loved it and even my husband said wow! when he saw! We’ve now decorated the front door, entrancehall window and the kids bedroom window. Thanks for the great idea

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    [email protected]
    January 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

    We live in military base housing, does the contact paper leave any type of glue on the windows once we pull it off? would love to do this but not sure if we would get in big trouble… lol thanks I love this project

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    November 18, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Hi, we made this yesterday and it looks great! But I’m noticing a lot of condensation between the contact paper and the glass, where the leaves separate the two. Is there any way to avoid this?

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