crafts: Tissue Paper Stained Glass – Butterfly

Let’s do some stained glass today – kiddo style – with tissue paper!

Since we really can’t arrange small pieces of glass to form patterns or pictures for this project, you know, because this is kiddo style and all – let’s use another form, tissue paper.  This is a really simple activity and doesn’t require much to make it happen.  I’ve also included a free printable to make 2 butterflies :)

This is what you will need:

This is what you will need to do to make them:

  1. print out the butterfly printable
  2. laminate the printable (you don’t necessarily have to laminate it; I just wanted it a little sturdier for hanging)
  3. cut small squares of tissue paper (the sizes don’t need to be exact, and the squares don’t need to be perfect, it looks better messy)
  4. using the printable, cut on the line between the butterflies with scissors, separating them
  5. using the X-ACTO knife, cut out the center grey butterfly shapes (like the pic)
  6. cut out 2 squares of contact paper for each butterfly square, matching the individual square sizes
  7. remove the backing and place 1 square of contact paper on one side of the butterfly square (the empty butterfly center will be sticky)
  8. now you are ready for the “kiddo part” :)
  9. have the kiddos stick the tissue paper squares on the exposed contact paper in any fun way they want – they can stick them one by one or they dump the entire bowl on top :)
  10. next shake off any loose tissue paper pieces
  11. seal off back to contain tissue paper squares with 2nd piece of contact paper
  12. using double stick tape – add to your window :)

(click on the button for a printable PDF file)

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  1. Totally awesome. I just picked up some contact paper for a project just like this! Thanks for the great printable and Thanks for linking up at Mom’s Library!

  2. Ooo & forgot to let you know I am stopping by from True Aims Blog Hop!

  3. This is so cool!

  4. What a great project! I love that you included the printable so that everyone can try it out. I look forward to trying this with the babies when they are a little bigger. I just got a laminator and I enjoy it so much. I imagine you could laminate it after they decorate it too so you could keep it long-term. Thanks for linking to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  5. So pretty. We did this in art class in junior high. I made a horse with his head sticking out a barn door. And I loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this at the All Star Block Party!

  6. Oh, I totally love this craft. My kids would love this. Love the photo of the debris – little pieces of paper everywhere…sigh… Thanks for sharing! Renee


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