How to make paper stained glass window pictures

Updated February 21, 2017

Paper stained glass window pictures are fun to make and lot less expensive and complicated than making real stained glass. They add a bit of colour to your window.

Buy tissue paper in different colours. The variety of colours will make the stained glass window picture more interesting. Cut off small squares of each colour of tissue paper. Then cut each square into many smaller pieces. They can be very simple shapes like strips, triangles and squares or if you have the skill and desire you can cut the pieces as ornately as you wish. Keep each colour in a separate small pile.

Tear or cut off two equal sized pieces of waxed paper. Place one on your work surface. Take pieces of tissue paper and begin to arrange and spread them over the surface of the waxed paper. Make a design or free form your creation.

Take the other piece of waxed paper and put it carefully over the arranged tissue pieces. Heat the iron up and carefully iron the paper stained glass window.

Keep moving the iron around slowly until the wax on the waxed paper begins to soften and bonds to both the lose bits of tissue paper and the other sheet of waxed paper. After it cools, cut off the rough lose edges then cut the paper window into any shape you like.

Make a small hole at the top of the paper stained glass window and thread the thread or clear fishing line through the hole then tie a knot to hold it in place. Hang it in the window with a hook, tack or nail from the ceiling or window frame. For a more simple method of hanging use a small piece of clear tape to put it in the window.


Don’t layer the bits of tissue paper too thickly together or the waxed paper won’t bond and hold the design in place.


The paper is very hot to the touch right after you iron it. Leave it to cool for a few minutes before you try to move it.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper in different colours
  • Waxed paper
  • An iron and ironing board or heat resistant counter to iron on
  • Cotton or clear fishing line
  • Tack, hook, nail or clear tape
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