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Stained Glass Look-a-like

Last week the weather was quite dreary and we ended up spending a lot of time indoors. I needed something to keep the boys busy and thought a craft would be fun. Since I didn't have the energy to deal with paint, I turned to an old favorite - contact paper and tissue paper. 

supplies used: contact paper, tissue paper, scissors, pencil,
glue stick (not pictured), and construction paper cut in to a 1" frame

Step 1: draw shapes on tissue paper and cut them out

big buddy cut out the volcanos and lava
- i cut out all the other shapes 

Step 2: cut contact paper to size of black construction paper frame
Step 3: peel off back of contact paper and stick to construction paper creating a "window"
Step 4: place tissue paper shapes inside the "window" in your desired design

Step 5: cut a large piece of tissue paper to the size of frame/window - this is our blue background
Step 6: go around construction paper frame (sticky/tissue paper side up) with a glue stick 

Step 7: press the tissue paper (from step 5) down on top of the frame and contact paper
Step 8: trim up any messy edges 
Step 9: display on a window

our "stained glass windows"
 top row: big buddies, middle row: mini man's, bottom row: mine

We had a lot of fun doing this craft and it turned out to look quite impressive - it's added a lot of pizazz to our dining room.  


  1. Great Idea, so doing! Especially the dinosaurs!

  2. These are so fun! I love how you used the black construction paper frames. Way to go, Mama!

  3. Love this! Beautiful! I hope you don't mind, but I pinned it for next year's Arts. The kids would like to do more artwork and this is wonderful - easy, creative, not hard for different levels, and beautiful!


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