With this fun and easy, classic craft, kids can transform painted popsicles sticks and tissue paper into “stained glass” stars to decorate a window at home or in the classroom.
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The other day, after making this tissue paper stained glass project for CBC Parents, I wanted to create a similar project more suitable for my older kids. These popsicle stick and tissue paper “stained glass” stars are what I came up with.
Aren’t they gorgeous?
Paint your sticks for an authentic look
I wanted them to look as authentic as possible, so I painted the stir sticks black, to resemble the lead used in authentic stained glass art, and WOW, at a glance, you would swear these stars were made of actual stained glass.
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I’ve hung them in the window above my desk, and I just love how they brighten up the space now that winter has set in and the skies are so dark and dreary.
Can be used as a tree ornament
I also tested the stars on the Christmas tree to see if they would work as Christmas ornaments, and they look so lovely with the Christmas lights shining through.
Seriously. Doesn’t that look exactly like real stained glass?!
The tissue paper is delicate though, so you’ll want to protect the backs of the stars with some wax paper or contact paper if you’ll be using them as ornaments.
I only made two stars, but I think this would be it would be fun to make a bunch and fill a whole window in your home or classroom.
I just love the cheery pop of colour they add to the room when the winter skies are grey and dreary.
Great craft for ages 8+
This craft is quite easy to make, but it does require advanced fine-motor skills, so I would recommend it for the 8+ age group.
For an easier tissue paper stained glass craft see our Stained Glass Christmas Shapes here.
Let make some!
Tissue Paper Stained Glass Stars
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Note: The number of sticks you’ll need depends on the type of star you’re making:
5 sticks are required for the 5-sided pentagram star
6 sticks are required for the 6-sided Star of David
- popsicle sticks (we used long, skinny Starbuck’s stir sticks)
- black paint
- glue gun
- tissue paper in a variety of colours
- school glue
- small paint brush
- string for hanging
Time needed: 1 minute.
How to Make Stained Glass Stars with Tissue Paper and Popsicle Sticks
- Paint Sticks
Paint popsicle sticks or stir sticks with black paint to look like the lead used in real stained glass pieces. Let dry.
- Glue Sticks Together
With a hot glue gun, glue the tips of your sticks together to form your star.
- Glue Tissue Paper to Star
Lay star on a flat surface with the back side facing up.
Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than the section you want to cover.
Spread glue along the sticks for that section, and press tissue paper to it.
- Remove Excess Tissue Paper
Dab gluey paintbrush along the top of the tissue paper/wood section to soften the tissue paper even more. You can dip your paintbrush in a bit of water if need be.
Gently tear away the excess tissue paper by pulling it down against the wooden stick.
Repeat for all sections of your star.
- Add Hanging String
Glue a string, thread or piece of yarn to the top of your star for hanging.
Hang your gorgeous stained glass stars in a window, and enjoy!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.