Tissue Paper and Contact Paper “Stained Glass” Window Decorating

If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know I love crafting with tissue paper.  One creative idea I’ve always admired is decorating a window with tissue paper cut-outs.  Today, as one of our Valentine’s activities, we covered our living room window in colourful, tissue paper hearts!  The process was so much fun for the toddler, and the results were beautiful!

There are several different ways to decorate a window with tissue paper.  You can glue your tissue paper to the glass like Dilly Dali Art and Play Create Explore, and you can apply the tissue paper with water for a temporary decoration like Life with Moore Babies did, but we used the ever-popular contact paper and tissue paper method to decorate our window today.

Valentines tissue paper stained glass window - happy hooligans


You can use any shapes you like, but we cut our tissue paper into heart-shapes for today’s project. 

tissue paper stained glass window


Supplies for a tissue paper stained glass window:

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How to decorate a window with tissue paper and contact paper:

Cut out plenty of colourful tissue paper hearts and place the in a bowl or basket near the window.

colourful tissue paper hearts for tissue paper stained glass window

Tape a large square of contact paper to your window with the sticky side facing you. This is easier than I thought it would be.  The contact paper naturally clings to the window, so you can position it and let go of it, and it will stay put while you set about taping it in place.

toddler sticking tissue hearts on contact paper window

Now for the fun part!  Cover the contact paper with your tissue hearts.  This is a great activity for young children.  Picking up the delicate tissue paper and placing it on the contact paper helps develop fine motor skills, but sticking the tissue paper to the contact paper is easy enough for toddlers to do without assistance.

sticking tissue paper hearts to contact paper on a window

When all of our tissue hearts were gone, we stepped back to admire our work.  Doesn’t it look gorgeous with the light shining through.

child admires her tissue paper, stained glass window


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  1. Jennifer says

    We did this today (we have lots of snow here). But we didn’t have contact paper so we used glad Press n Seal. It worked great but how did you get the hearts to stick were they over lap?

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas….has helped so much with all the snow we have gotten this year!

  2. Carol Lucas says

    This was so much fun for my 3 youngest grandchildren and me. The kids ages 22 months, almost 4 and barely 5 all enjoyed attaching the tissue hearts to the contact paper that I had cut into heart shapes also. Thank you! :)

  3. Paige M says

    Love this project. Using it today with my girl
    Scouts. We are cutting out the trefoil symbol in various shades of green instead of the hearts. A great idea as the spring sun is getting brighter – thanks!

  4. says

    Hi. Great idea! I’m thinking it may be easier for me to place the contact paper on my
    Dining table for more control and then place it on the window. Also, I’d love to cut out a large heart shape from the contact paper and then place my cut out hearts on it!
    Thanks for the inspiration…:)

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