Stained Glass” Ornaments

Don’t miss this FUN project.… it’s a hit year after year!! 

Stu­dents in grade 3 and up will love spread­ing Christ­mas cheer when they hang these glow­ing orna­ments on their tree or tie them on pack­ages to give as gifts. All you need is black con­struc­tion paper, tis­sue paper in bright col­ors, scis­sors and glue sticks.… and the school lam­i­nat­ing machine!

1. Take two pieces of 4“x6” black con­struc­tion paper (one on top of the other) and fold them in half together.

2. Now, (on the fold) cut out half of a shape that will be sym­met­ri­cal when opened (ex. tree, bell, star, etc.).

3. Next, leave about a 1/4″ mar­gin and cut a smaller ver­sion of that same shape. Unfold the paper and you should have two iden­ti­cal “out­lines” of your shape.
4. Then, using a glue stick, spread a thin layer of glue along one of the outlines.
5. Cut strips of tis­sue paper and press them onto the black out­line, over­lap­ping them so there aren’t any gaps. Make sure they don’t extend over the edges of the black paper.
6. Finally, spread some glue on the other black out­line and care­fully lay this paper over the top of the first one so that all the edges line up.
Once stu­dents get the hang of it, they should each be able to make sev­eral of these orna­ments in one class period. Then, run all the orna­ments through the lam­i­nat­ing machine. (It’s usu­ally best to do this at the slow­est speed set­ting to ensure a good bond.) Trim close to the edge of each one and punch a small hole at the top for hang­ing. These are beau­ti­ful hang­ing on a tree at Christ­mas or hang­ing in a win­dow any time of year!


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3 Responses to Stained Glass” Ornaments

  1. isola bella December 13, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    I love this! We were won­der­ing at home what orna­ment project to cre­ate this year and voila! thanks for shar­ing your amaz­ing projects with us!
    Happy Hol­i­days

  2. laura minala November 24, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    isola is right! i love it thanks 4 giv­ing me the idea!


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