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Stained Glass Window Sticker

Looking for something different to do over the holidays? Help your kids make a beautiful stained glass window sticker.  Easy to do and if you get the kids to cut out the cellophane shapes they will be able to practice (and improve) their motor skills!

Although I am suggesting that we make a stained glass butterfly, it is entirely possible to use this technique to make any decorative shape that you want to.  I am only using this template because I already have it on the site.  If you want to make a different sticker all you is either an image that has a clear outline and areas or sections that can be 'cut out' where you plan to add the stained glass or a frame shape.

All you need to go is exercise a bit of imagination (and maybe a bit of time on google to find images that you can co-op) and you are good to go!

What you need to make your Stained Glass Window Sticker

  • Card - black is traditional but you can use card of any colour
  • Small quantities of Cellophane in several different colours (you can use tissue paper if you don't have cellophane)
  • Safety scissors
  • Clear contact
  • Butterfly template


Cut out a frame using the black card or you can cut out the butterfly shape in the stained glass butterfly template like I did.   

Grab your roll of contact and peel back the backing to expose the sticky side, place your frame or butterfly shape on the contact and make sure it is stuck down firmly.

Trim the excess around the edge of your shape leaving approximately 4 cm around the shape.

(You need a fairly decent edge area so that you can stick the stained glass picture to the window.)

If you haven't already, cut your cellophane (or tissue paper) into small pieces.  

You can either just cut out odd shapes or cut them all into squares or rectangles.

Start placing the small pieces onto the sticky contact paper and press down so it sticks to the contact.  

Once you and the kids have covered the area inside your shape or frame, your stained glass window sticker is ready to apply to the window.

Make sure the window is clean, dry and dust free and then use the sticky edge around your window sticker to adhere it to the window.

Hint: To use the template you can either print it directly onto your card (if you have a printer than can handle it) or you can print on A4 paper and cut out the shapes to use as a template.  Just draw around the shapes on the card and then cut them out.  If you are using black card, you can use a tailors chalk or a quilters chalk pencil to do the outline.

Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this activity?

Click on the download button to get your copy of the Stained Glass Window Sticker.  The pdf will open in a new tab and you can either save it or print it from there.

Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!

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