Stained Glass Art Activity

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Second grade has kept us very busy the last couple of months but when Fall comes a knocking we make time for crafting. This simple cooperative stained glass art activity is fun for both parent and child and the results are beautiful. We made ours into Halloween decorations but you can use this technique year round.

Halloween Stained Glass Pumpkin

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Materials for Halloween Stained Glass Art Activity:

  • Supplies
  • Black paper (i.e scrap booking paper, poster board, or construction paper)
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors and an x-acto knife
  • Clear contact paper
  • Pencil

Instructions Stained Glass Art Activity:

  • Adults will need to do the cutting with the x-acto knife
  • Draw your design on the black paper.

Halloween Stained Glass Instructions

  • Cut out the design and then use the x-acto knife to cut out the details.
  • In the meantime have your little one cut or tear the colored tissue paper into small pieces. This is a great way to practice some fine motor skills.
  • Cut a piece of your contact paper so that it’s big enough to cover your whole design.
  • Have the child press the design onto the contact paper and then fill it in with tissue paper.

Halloween Stained Glass Pumpkin Instructions

  • Cut out another piece of contact paper and press on to the back. Cut any excess contact paper around the edges of your design.
  • Your scissors will probably be a little sticky afterward, soak them in hot soapy water and then scrub to remove the adhesive from your scissors.
  • Hang in a sunny window and watch a giant smile appear on your child 🙂


Stained Glass
by Rebekah McFerran

Have you ever noticed a stained glass window? An odd question but one worth asking, if only just in my opinion.

Sitting in church or strolling down the street, the colors catch your eyes’ attention.
Deep crimson red, that almost plastic green, and a blue that is only seen when the darkness of night is pierced by the first rays of the Sun.

Small pieces but unusually colorful. Like crayons that have been melted and fused together. The Sun shines through the glass to create a colorful warm light in which to pray or ponder.

Have you ever walked up close to the window to see each pane of glass?
Dusty, dirty, smudged – You wonder how any light shines through at all.
The picture becomes a thousand dirty fragments of color that are joined together.

I know I am insignificant. I know that the talents that I have are nothing compared to the thousands of others who are significantly better than me. I know that any good I do is immediately discredited by the numerous evils that consume my heart and mind.

Have you ever walked by a stained glass window? Have you ever seen the individual fragments that make a piece of art? No matter how filthy, light always seems to shine through.

A short story inspired by my heart.

More Halloween Fun:

Halloween Activities from KinderArt

Halloween Crafts from All Crafts

T-shirt Stencil for Halloween
T-shirt Stencil for Halloween
Felt Board
Felt Board
Busy Box Halloween matching Game
Busy Box Halloween Matching Game
Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween Pumpkin



  1. What do you do about the back side “messy” look?


    1. If you want the design to look the same on both sides cut out two of your designs and press the second design over “messy side” before applying the second sheet of contact paper around the edges of your design.


  2. I love this little craft! It is simple enough where my 3 and 5 yr olds can make their own pumpkins for Halloween. Thanks for sharing this post!


  3. What a gorgeous decoration! I just wanted to let you know that I have a kids activities submission site (Simply Creative Kids) and I am linking to this post if you don’t mind. You are welcome to submit your projects to my site if you’d like!


    1. Thanks, we would be flattered. We will stop by and visit! 🙂


  4. I love tissue paper crafts! Thanks for sharing at the #LovetoLearnLinky. I am excited to be featuring your post this week. Have a great day 🙂 Katie-@ALittlePinchofPerfect


  5. I used to love doing these stain glassed art projects when I was in school. I can’t wait to start doing them with my son when he gets a little older (and doesn’t try to eat the glue!). So pretty!


    1. Not eating the glue is important, 🙂


  6. fun and so colorful! Thanks for linking up this great idea to the Virtual Fridge!


  7. Stained glass is so pretty. This is a fun way to bring color into rainy days. Thanks for linking with the Virtual Refrigerator.


  8. This is awesome! Su h a beautiful craft and an equally beautiful story to go with it. Love this!


  9. Thank you for this, I think it would work for many art ideas so thanks for the inspiration


  10. I hoard tissue paper and gift bags that are given to us so this will be a great way to empty out that bin 🙂 THANKS for sharing!


  11. I love this craft! I know my daughter would too! I will be going to get the supplies as soon as possible, so my little one can get started. Thanks for sharing! off to pin!


  12. What a beautiful stained glass pumpkin! We will have to try your project. I also love the word “Boo” in stained glass–very festive! Please share this post on Artsy Play Wednesday.


  13. That looks so neat! I may have to make a trip to the Dollar Tree to pick up some colorful tissue paper now!


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