If you are new to our site, take a minute to check out these posts to help take the stress out of the mess of creating with your kids!
- 5 Steps to Take the Stress Out of the Mess
- 10 Things You Need to Have for your Kids’ Art Projects
- Plan Ahead: The Secret to No Stress Fun with Your Kids
- Things you probably have at home:
- Leaf template – download below
- Small cup/ bowl
- (Optional) Gloves – some tissue paper can stain hands
- Things to buy: Schedule a remind 2 weeks before you want to do this activity to buy supplies
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. (This does not change the price that you pay at all!) Regardless, all product recommendations are my own opinions.
Ideal Age Range:
This project is a project better suited for 5+.
Some tissue paper can stain, but other than that, the mess in this project is manageable.
10 – 20 minutes. Your prep time will depend on the age of your child. For younger children, you may want to draw leaves onto the glass before they begin working on the project. Print the leaf template at the end of this post before you begin.
I love this project because it has such beautiful results and the frame makes it a keepsake. I recommend getting some extra supplies so that you can make one of these alongside of your kids – this is something you can hang on the wall year-round.
If you don’t have a glass frame, this project can easily be done with watercolor or heavy-weight paper. You will lose some of the ability for light to pass through and create a stained glass-effect, but it will still be beautiful. You can adapt this project to any extra frame you might have lying around the house (or something from the dollar store!).
- Prepare glue solution – mix a very small amount of glue (as pictured) with water – solution should be thin like water – MIX WELL with the brush (any left over can be sealed in a plastic container to use over and over again!)
- Prepare the tissue paper – choose the colors and rip into small pieces –you can rip more as you go if needed.
- You can ripe more later on if you need it!
- Carefully remove the glass from frame (adult assistance please) and place glass on a covered flat surface
- TIP – tape all edges onto a large piece of paper or directly onto the work surface for safety.
- If you are using watercolor paper tape all edges down with masking tape as well to avoid crinkling and curling up of paper (keep the paper taped down until dry)
- Cut out the leaf templates (cutting assistance or easy shapes for younger hands is recommended) or use leaves collected from the outside arranged onto the glass or paper
- Don’t feel pressured to use the template – these don’t have to be perfect. You can just let your kids draw the leaves freehand.
- Let your taste decide how many leaves to use in the picture – the larger the leaf or leaves – the better!
- Trace the leaf templates onto the glass with a black permanent marker.
- Fill in the leaves! Work on small sections at a time, place a small amount of glue solution onto the surface and then place one piece of tissue paper at a time onto the glue (kids have a tendency to grab a lot of pieces at one time so this is a good lesson in patience!) After placing several pieces go back over with the brush.
- DAB the tissue paper (DON’T PAINT) the tissue paper onto the surface assuring each piece is flat.
- **Overlapping tissue paper pieces is encouraged – it creates color dimension – try not to leave any open spaces. It is OK to go outside the sharpie lines! Smaller pieces look the best but younger kids may want to start with slightly larger pieces to get use to the technique!
- Remember your background – ( a nice blue or aqua to contrast with the leaves and to look like the sky is recommended) – Do not worry about paper going over the edge of the glass – when dry you can cut it away.
- Once the background is complete, you can fill in the leaves if needed.
- When it’s dry – TURN THE GLASS FRAME OVER (THE TISSUE PAPER IS NOW ON THE BACK) use your black permanent marker to outline the leaves and place some lines to mimic the leaf veins – allow marker lines to dry.
- When the marker is dry, place the glass back into the frame and hang by a sunny window!
This is a great craft that you can replicate with any shapes or patterns. It is a great way to use up the slightly crumpled tissue paper that you collect from all of the birthday presents!
If you want to pin this project, please use the image below.