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Stained Glass Cross Lenten Craft for Kindergarten

Lent may not be the most exciting time of year, but it is one of my favorites to teach about in my kindergarten classroom. I teach in a Catholic School and we spend a significant amount of time learning about the Stations of the Cross and “the sad story of what happened to Jesus” as I describe it for my students. No matter what sad part of the story we are discussing, I always remind my children of the happy ending when Jesus was able to rise from the dead!

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We remember Jesus during Lent in several ways. The children are working to do good deeds at school as well as at home. We are studying each Station of the Cross and listening to the story of each one during Lent. Tomorrow I am going to introduce Resurrection Eggs to the students and then there are the crafts. This simple stained glass cross window decoration is my favorite Lenten craft to create in the classroom. By now, my students are stained glass experts (they require very few instructions from me) and these beautiful crosses look stunning when they hang in my classroom windows. I’m thrilled to share a tutorial for this simple craft with you today.

tutorial to create "stained glass" tissue paper crosses

Materials needed

  • Two, 9×14″ sheets of clear contact paper per child
  • one cross frame cut out of black construction paper per child
  • various colors of 1″ tissue paper squares (make your own or buy pre-cut squares here)
  • scissors

To begin, peel and set one piece of clear contact paper sticky-side-up on each child’s desk. Carefully place the cross frame onto each child’s piece of contact paper (I usually do this task while the class is away from their seats – either playing with toys or while they are at a special). Place a small basket of multicolored tissue paper squares within easy reach of each child.

When the students are ready, they can begin to fill their black cross frames with the tissue paper squares. For best results, students should do this part carefully and place only one tissue paper square onto the contact paper at a time.

tutorial to create "stained glass" tissue paper crosses
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Once the crosses are completely filled with tissue paper squares, peel a second piece of clear contact paper and place it sticky side down on top of the cross. This “seals in” all of the tissue paper squares and prevents any fly away pieces.

Each child can trim the excess plastic from around their crosses to complete the project.

tutorial to create "stained glass" tissue paper crosses

Every child’s completed cross project is completely unique and oh-so-brightly colored!

tutorial to create "stained glass" tissue paper crosses

Hang the completed crosses in a window with a piece of scotch tape. It’s the perfect Lenten and Easter craft that also doubles as a springtime decoration.

tutorial to create "stained glass" tissue paper crosses

I love how these crosses look hanging in the windows of my kindergarten classroom.

tutorial to create "stained glass" tissue paper crosses

More Stained Glass Window Decorations

These posts feature other stained glass window decoration projects. Be sure to check them out for more fun ideas that will bring a festive touch to your windows!

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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12 Responses

  1. I remember making this craft growing up and loving it! We used wax paper and ironed the pieces together which was pretty neat, too! Love the simplicity of the clear contact paper! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I have done stained glass crafts with my first graders using wax paper and glue. But I love the idea of using contact paper. So much easier.

  3. I wonder about getting Avery Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets, 9 x 12 Inches, Box of 50
    instead to save prep time? Setting this craft up for over 200 kids! Thoughts?


    1. Hi Jay,
      I have heard that some teachers have success with the self-adhesive laminating sheets and actually prefer them. It might work! Maria
      PS- that’s a LOT of kids!

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for sharing this craft, I love it! Any suggestions on how to make the cross as easily as possible, I am not a very crafty person and would be doing this for about 30 kids.

    Thanks, Linda

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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