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Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft for Kids


This tissue paper stained glass craft is made on wax paper. It’s easy for kids to make and beautiful hanging in a sunny window!

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft

We made tissue paper stained glass the other day, before our beach trip, and it was such a simple and fun art activity! Plus the stained glass looks beautiful hanging in the window!!

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

I chose it because I had a big batch of liquid starch that we needed to use (from when we made salt paint). 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!

Update: We’ve since done this stained glass activity with watered-down glue and it works just fine. If you have the liquid starch, use it, but if you don’t, just whisk about 2 parts glue to 1 part water and use that.

Here’s a video showing Tissue Paper Stained Glass Suncatchers in action! And don’t forget to scroll down for step-by-step instructions.

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft for Kids


Little girl sticking torn pieces of paper onto wax paper


1. Tear tissue paper into pieces

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. Brush liquid starch on waxed paper

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

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

4. Display in window

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

Beautiful! This might be my favorite stained glass project yet!

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Tissue Paper Stained Glass Craft for Kids


  • Reply
    April 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    That is pretty! I wonder if it would work with Mod Podge?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Rachel, I’m sure it would. We used tissue paper and mod podge for some stained glass candle holders a while back:

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    Karen Kerns
    April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    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!

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    Parents' Ideas
    April 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Seeing how creative Maia is, I thought may be she’d like to take part in the creative (arts&crafts) contest we are holding this month? There will be three main prizes but each participant will get a prize as well!
    The details of the contest are here:
    And here is the info about the gifts:

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      Jackie O
      May 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      You’re the best for putting in the bit of just using watered down glue, I’ve been wondering about that!

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    February 17, 2012 at 12:06 am

    think this would work for 2 and 3 year olds?

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    August 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    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?

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    February 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    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.

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    February 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    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?

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    April 25, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Is tissue paper “not bleeding” something you’ll see on the type you buy?

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2018 at 4:48 am

      Hi Ava. If it’s bleeding tissue paper, it’ll say bleeding. But if it’s not bleeding tissue paper, I don’t think it says anything. Maybe “art tissue paper” or “premium tissue paper”. You can also simply buy the colored tissue paper sold with gift wrap and that’s not bleeding.

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    Kayla Heeren
    October 31, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    How long does this take to dry??

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      Jean Van't Hul
      November 2, 2018 at 8:33 am

      Hi Kayla, It can take a couple of hours to dry thoroughly.

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    Kaivalya Miller
    March 21, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Would glue sticks work ok?

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      The Artful Parent Editorial Team
      March 31, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      You could try glue sticks, but we find that either liquid starch or watered down white glue works best for this project.
      the Editorial Team

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    May 2, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Love this idea – as I suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and react to all toxins (chemicals) in scented products. I love to see that there are options I can use. Keep up the good work and please continue to provide non-toxic ideas to your projects.

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    May 2, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    this sounds so fun

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    Sandi Jenkins
    July 4, 2021 at 11:49 am

    We did this in elementary school and it was my favorite group art project. We made the stained glass and then cut into squares and affixed to notecards to give as a set as Mother’s Day gifts..

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