How to Make a Paper Stained-Glass Window

by Crystal Bonser

Stained glass windows consist of pieces of colored glass arranged in decorative designs. As sunlight shines through the colored glass, the designs are illuminated and a colorful glow appears. Although stained glass windows are difficult to create and require special equipment, you can get a similar result by decorating a window with pieces of colored tissue paper.

Items you will need

  • Tissue paper in assorted bright colors
  • Water-soluble glue pen
  • Scissors
Step 1

Rip different colors of tissue paper into pieces ranging from 1 inch to 5 inches in diameter. You will need enough pieces to cover the entire surface of the window you are decorating.

Step 2

Lightly rub a water-soluble glue pen on the back of each piece of ripped tissue paper and stick the pieces to your window, overlapping the edges slightly. Do not leave any of the window surface exposed.

Step 3

Cut various shapes out of tissue paper, such as hearts, stars, suns, circles, spirals, flowers, leaves, fruit and animals.

Step 4

Rub your glue pen on the back of your shapes and arrange them on your stained glass window.

Step 5

Inspect the window for any pieces of tissue paper. Glue any edges down using the glue pen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only use water-soluble glue, as it is easy to wash off your window.

About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.