I love making stained glass window decorations with the girls. It’s one of my favourite crafts because it’s so cheap, easy and mess free. However when I’ve tried to make some with a group of more than two or three children I’ve found it really hard. The problem is that cutting and sticking the contact paper is a bit fiddly and you have to be really careful when you stick it to a table as it is ruined if you knock it or put something on top of it. I then realised that if you use a paper plate it is much easy. You can make a load of them for the children to decorate and leave them for a few hours and they won’t be ruined. They also make pretty effective Christmas baubles.
All you need to make these are:
- paper plates
- contact paper (sticky back plastic)
- tissue paper
Cut a circle in the paper plate. Cut a small square of contact paper, the size of the hole and stick it to the back of the plate. Older children can do this themselves.
Cut the tissue paper into small pieces. This is great for working on scissors and fine motor skills. Then let the children decorate the inside with tissue paper.
When the contact paper is completely covered stick them to the windows. Use a piece of ribbon to make it look like they are hung up. Add a small piece of the paper plate to the top of the bauble.
These look lovely however you decorate them. Younger children can just stick the tissue paper all over, or a pattern looks really good. This is definitely easiest way we have found to make stained glass window decorations. In fact, I was able to prep these for a whole class of 30 children in less than half an hour which means it is easy to set up. I was never able to do this when I used card template and could only do a table at a time.
I think they look great when you put the tissue paper in a circle pattern
Here are some of the baubles up close. They look really lovely with the light shining through and make your windows look really festive.
In a school or playgroup, each child could make one and then you could send them home at the end of term as they look just as good on their own or in a group.
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Here is a round up of all my other stained glass window decorations.