Stained Glass Window Projects for Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

Children are often entranced by stained glass windows, especially the ones that have pictures in them. Fortunately, kids can make their own pictures using various simple techniques and materials that you probably have around the house. Hang these projects in the window and watch their beautiful colours shine through.

Baby Oil Coloring

The simplest way for a kid to make a stained glass window project is to draw an outline of a picture on a piece of construction paper and then let your child colour in the picture completely. Turn over the picture and give the child a few cotton balls and a bowl filled with baby oil. Help your child smear the baby oil all over the back of the picture; let it dry. When you hang this picture in a window in the sun, you will see a stained glass effect.

Tissue Paper

Even the youngest kids can make this stained glass window craft if you prepare the materials for them beforehand. Cut a large circle from a piece of paper, draw a picture in the circle, and then cut out the picture so that only the area around the picture remains. Place the circle carefully on a piece of contact paper and cut away the excess contact paper around the circle, so that the only sticky part remaining is inside of the inner picture. Give children this base, along with squares of tissue paper in various colours that measure about 1 inch by 1 inch. After the kids place the squares into the sticky area (covering the entire area), cover with another piece of contact paper, cutting away the excess.

Melted Crayons

If you have some old crayons to get rid of, shred them into crayon shavings with a crayon sharpener. Draw a simple outline of a picture on a piece of waxed paper. Provide kids with plenty of crayon shavings in different colours, and let them place the shavings onto the waxed paper to fill in the outline of the picture completely. Encourage the children to use patterns or colours that make sense based on the picture. Then, carefully place another piece of waxed paper, followed by a dry paper towel, on top of the existing waxed paper and iron the two layers together on low heat. (Because of this step, you should begin the project on a heat-resistant area that you can iron on.) Then let children cut out their stained glass pictures to hang in a window.

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Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.