I don’t know about you, but we are experiencing some rough weather right now! Thanks to Hermine, we’ll be doing a lot of indoor activities this holiday weekend. It can be difficult to come up with enough entertainment for the kiddos over a long weekend, especially when you’re dealing with rainy days like we are now! I decided that this wet weather was the perfect time to share our first fall craft of the series: stained glass fall leaves! This is a super fun and super simple kid friendly craft. Your kids will be entertained for a little while and the end result is a gorgeous little decoration for your windows or glass doors! Here is a photo of the leaves we made. Below, you will find step by step instructions with photos.
Stained Glass Fall Leaves Tutorial
- Fall colored tissue paper
- Wax paper
- Craft glue or mod podge
- Silhouette cutting machine or X-acto knife
- Dark colored card stock
- Popsicle stick
- clear scotch or double sided tape
First, take the tissue paper and tear it up into small pieces. This is a chance for the kids to go a little nuts, so tell them to have at it!
Next, lay out about 18 inches of wax paper on your work surface. Then, spread a thin layer of glue out on half of the wax paper using a popsicle stick.
Once the glue is distributed, spread the torn tissue paper out over the glue in a thin-ish layer, making sure all the glue is covered. Next, spread a thin layer of glue on the other side of the wax paper.
Fold the wax paper over onto the tissue paper. Starting at the crease, slide your hand out toward the edge, smoothing out the wrinkles as best you can. This will also press out any excess glue.
While the glue is drying cut out your leaf shapes. You can use the file for a silhouette cutting machine, or use an
X-acto knife to trace the leaves from this printable leaf silhouette file. I used dark brown cardstock, but any darker colored cardstock or construction paper will work.
Next, tape the dried tissue paper onto the back of the cardstock. You can leave it together like this,
or use scissors and cut around the outsides of the leaves, like this:
I also taped the cut-out leaves up there as well. I loved how it turned out. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even hot glue the leaves to some twine to create a cute little fall garland to hang in your window.
I hope you enjoy this craft with your kiddos. Have a great holiday!
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