Happy Easter — “Stained Glass” Cross

This is a project I do every year with my Kinders for Easter. It requires a bit more prep than usual, but it’s a great way to rein­force the con­cept of sym­me­try.… plus they look beau­ti­ful hang­ing in the windows!

1. Fold a piece of 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper in half ver­ti­cally (length­wise).
2. Make a tem­plate for half of the cross shape and use a pen­cil to trace it onto the black paper, along the fold. (You can cre­ate a sim­ple tem­plate by plac­ing 2 rec­tan­gles (4x5 and 4x9) over the loose edges of your folded paper, then trace around them to mark the areas to cut away.
3. With your paper still folded, cut on the pen­cil lines to cre­ate your sym­met­ri­cal cross shape.
4. Then, open your paper and fold it hor­i­zon­tally.… not in half, but so the fold runs through the cen­ter of the “arms” of the cross.
5. Now, with the “arms” still folded, cut a shape into each arm.
6. Open up your paper and fold it in half
again ver­ti­cally. Cut some shapes into this ver­ti­cal fold.
7. Unfold your paper and use a glue stick to run a line of glue around each of the sym­met­ri­cal shapes you just cut. (If some of your pen­cil lines are show­ing, put the glue on that side so it will become the “back”.)
8. Place pieces of col­or­ful tis­sue paper over each open­ing.
9. Finally, trim away any extra tis­sue that hangs over the edges of your cross.
10. Hang in a win­dow to let the light shine through!

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2 Responses to Happy Easter — “Stained Glass” Cross

  1. Anonymous March 28, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Thank You so much for the idea of Stained Glass Crosses! I am a trainee teacher and was strug­gled for some Easter themed Art … this is great! Thanks


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