This past fall I was poking around on Pinterest and saw the most adorable apple-themed window decorations with a stained glass effect made from tissue paper and contact paper. I loved the idea so much, we have been making new ones every season. Hence, spring arrived and we just HAD to decorate our windows!
The best thing about this project is that it's a quickie to create in class and it's relatively mess free. No glue needed!
Want to make it in your own classroom? Here's what you need to do:
Gather SuppliesOld file folder (to create a cross template)
1 sheet of 9"x12" construction paper in a BRIGHT color per student
2 sheets of contact paper per student (at least 9"x12" in size)
lots of tissue paper squares in BRIGHT colors (1 to 2" in size)
Make a Template
I used a file folder to create a cross template. Easy to make: Fold the folder in half "hot dog" style, draw half of cross, cut out, and you're ready to go. My template has a border that is about 3/4" wide.
TraceFolding the pieces of construction paper in half "hot dog" style. Trace 1/2 the cross onto the paper. Make sure you are tracing along the fold so the cross will stay connected when it is cut out. You will need to keep the paper folded in half to cut out the cross. If you teach kinders, DO THIS STEP FOR YOUR STUDENTS.
CoverUse the 2nd sheet of contact paper to "seal" the cross together. This step is optional, but I don't like to have loose pieces of tissue paper blown off by the wind. The simplest way to do this (and avoid wrinkles in the paper) is to place the new sheet of contact paper sticky side up, then flip the cross page onto it.
LabelUse a sharpie to label the "front" side of the cross with the student's name. (Note that the back side has tissue paper overlapping the frame)
TrimUse scissors to cut excess contact paper from edges and crosses are ready to hang.
And just like that, the projects are finished and ready to display.