Creating Tissue Paper Stained Glass Art

Creating stained glass art doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. With tissue paper, you can produce eye-catching, colorful designs that catch the light beautifully, similar to real stained glass. This how-to guide will take you through the process step by step, ensuring a fun and creative activity suitable for both children and adults.

Materials Needed

  • Assorted colors of tissue paper
  • Clear adhesive paper (contact paper) or clear school glue and wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper (for the ‘leading’)
  • Optional: frames, suction cups for hanging

Step 1: Preparing Your Workspace

Begin by clearing a large, flat surface. Lay down newspaper or a craft sheet to catch any glue spills if you are using glue. If you’re working with adhesive paper, this step helps to keep everything clean.

Step 2: Cutting the Tissue Paper

Cut the tissue paper into small shapes. You can opt for geometric shapes, like squares and triangles, or go for more organic shapes to mimic the look of traditional stained glass. Variety in shape and color will give your artwork depth and interest.

Step 3: Creating Your ‘Leading’

Cut strips of black construction paper to serve as the ‘leading’ in your stained glass. These strips can frame your artwork or be placed throughout your design to mimic the metal outlines in actual stained glass artworks.

Step 4: Assembling Your Stained Glass

If using adhesive paper, carefully peel one side and start laying down your tissue paper pieces. Overlap them slightly to create new colors and patterns. If using glue, apply a thin layer to your wax paper and begin placing your tissue pieces, adding another light layer of glue on top to seal them. Arrange your black ‘leading’ as desired.

Step 5: Final Touches

Once your design is complete, seal it with another piece of adhesive paper or a final layer of glue. Trim any excess edges to clean up your artwork. If desired, add a frame or attach suction cups or strings for hanging.


Tissue paper stained glass is an excellent project for artists of all levels looking to explore color and composition in a fun, accessible medium. Whether you’re making decorations, gifts, or simply exploring your creativity, this technique offers endless possibilities for artistic expression.






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