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Paper Stained Glass Christmas Trees by Marie LeBaron for

Paper Stained Glass Christmas Trees

By Marie LeBaron

By Marie LeBaron
These Stained Glass Trees add a beautiful glow to the kitchen windows, giving the appearance of twinkly lights on a Christmas Tree. With each triangle tree cut up like a snow flake, it leaves just the right holes for colored tissue paper to shine in.

Supplies for Paper Stained Glass Trees:
*art paper – green, brown
*wrapping tissue paper – all colors
*glue – glue sticks work great
*optional embellishments – pom poms, sequins, etc.

First, cut your green art paper into a triangle shape for a tree. You can cut a large one from just one paper, or you can cut smaller ones to get more out of it.

Then fold your triangle 3-4 times. Now you’ll cut it like you would a snowflake, with snips on the corners and at the folded sides. DON’T cut all the way through your triangle. Only make small shaped cuts. If your child is doing the cutting, try practicing on a scrap piece first, just so they don’t end up cutting the tree in half. I was enjoying this process as much as my daughter. I was trying to create a fun shaped tree too. These crafts aren’t just for the kids!!

Once your trees are formed with their holes, cut your tissue paper into small pieces. I lined all mine up on top of each other and made a large cut down one side, about 2 inches wide. Then I cut some of the tissue smaller to fit perfectly into the tree’s holes.


Next, glue your tissue paper squares over the trees holes. This is another really creative part. You can form patterns with the tissue paper’s colors or let the colors go where they may, just like a real lit Christmas tree. I like to use glue sticks, as there is less mess and my daughter is able to easily use it by herself, yay!


You can add any extra embellishments to your tree here. We glued a small yellow pom pom onto the top for a star. You could put stickers, draw more ornaments or a garland. We also added a brown art paper trunk too. Now your trees are ready for the windows. Tape them up and enjoy their colored glow shining down from the windows.

Find more Christmas Crafts here!


About the Author

Marie LeBaron

Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.


Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.

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  • Heather

    December 4, 2008 at 10:37 am

    So cute!

  • SAJ

    December 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    so pretty!

  • Sheila

    December 5, 2008 at 2:02 am

    What a great idea! Thanks.

  • Rachel

    December 5, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Oh how pretty, I love them! I’ll be linking to this.

  • Calee

    December 5, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    When can I give my 21 mo old scissors? I’d love to do more than just paint and these look lovely!

  • Kristin

    December 6, 2008 at 1:45 am

    so pretty, thanks for sharing the idea.

  • Marie

    December 6, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Calee – You can give your child scissor whenever you feel they’re ready. Just buy the blunt kind and be right there while they’re cutting. Give them a plain piece of paper and let them try it and explore. It does take lots of practice. My daughter in this picture is 3 and still learning which way to hold her hand and fingers with the scissors. Sometimes crafting is not about the product, but the process.

  • Jeanna

    December 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Sequins…..every blogger uses the word “sequence” for some reason. Thank you!

    • Isabel Kallman

      Isabel Kallman

      December 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      good catch, eagle eye! Just fixed the typo. 🙂