Christmas stained glass – paper plate!

I first made a paper plate stained glass window back in 2015! You can take a look at the blog post and instructions here – click this link

There is quite a bit of prep for this craft but it’s so worth the effort. It looks lovely!

This year I thought I would add some extra characters from the Christmas story.

There are templates – you may want to alter the shepherds head – it looks a little lopsided!! (sorry) The link to download – Christmas Stained Glass Window Template


Stained Glass Nativity









Start with a template. Draw around this onto two pieces of black A4 sugar paper (construction paper) I secured it with paper clips to make things easier . This design was tricky to cut out but older children could do it with some help and patience. If you have a small group I would be tempted to do this beforehand with a craft knife.

Cover window with tissue paper. Cut this into strips beforehand. Glue the other A4 black paper to the back. Hang in a window.

Go to this post for a PDF of the template that you can print.

Stained glass Christmas tree


Provide a template for the children to draw around on two A4 pieces of black sugar paper. (or construction paper). Cut out the Christmas tree shape. You can make this easy by folding the paper in half and making a cut to get started. Then flatten out the paper and carry on cutting out. Make sure the children keep the right bit of the paper to make the window.

I make two per child so they can sandwich them together at the end and then whichever way you look at the stained glass window it will be neat.


Have lots of brightly coloured tissue paper to cover over the gap. You can layer the paper to create more colour blends but be gentle with the glue

IMG_3216Finish by sticking the spare black A4 window to the back. Hang at a window.


Very young children would need a ready prepared window. They can stick tissue paper to a piece of acetate (rough side) and then add the A4 black tree.

To add something a bit extra – have a few pictures of stained glass windows to show to the children or even visit somewhere that has some. You can’t beat the real thing. is a useful link.