Paper Stained Glass Christmas Trees
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.
Published December 4, 2008. Last updated November 29, 2016.