Winter Tissue Paper Window

Did you know stain glass windows originated in churches of the middle ages as a means to tell stories to those who couldn't read? Stain glass windows are still being made today for their beauty and to set a calm mood for reflection. Much like stain glass, tissue paper windows allow children, who can't read, to play amongst beautiful imagery depicting a story or season. They also serve as a filter to reduce harsh light and outside distraction. You can make one for your home with our simple tutorial!


  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Glue stick
  • Markers,  crayons, or colored pencils
  • Pencil

Let the kids start with the night sky, by adhering blue tissue paper squares to the window with a glue stick.  Adults can trim at the edges with an Exacto knife to custom fit the window.

For where the snow landscape meets the sky, tear or cut the paper at an angle slowly to create gentle arcs and edges for the hills. Then let the kids tear long strips of white copy paper for the snow drifts and stick them to the window one on top of the other.

While the kids are working on the sky and snow, you can cut out the trees, moon, and gnomes. When finished, take them to your window and trace their outline with a pencil, then cut out with an Exacto knife, so that your gnomes and moons fit inside the tissue paper like a puzzle piece. You can layer tissue paper over tissue paper for beautiful effects.

While you are working on your pieces, have the kids use a single hole punch to punch out tiny circles for snow to add to the sky.

Using markers, colored pencils, or crayons add in details like wood grain to the staff. We found tracing markers around our star and moons edge made them 'glow'.


  • When creating your picture the less details the better! Let imagination fill in the rest. 
  • Tissue paper will fade in sunlight. Yellow fades less, while reds and pinks fade fast.
  •  Create straight tears with the paper grain; soft line tears at an angle and and crumples by tearing against the grain.  
  • Cutting with tools are useful for details.
  • Removing the glue from the window is easily done with lemon juice and baking soda. Follow with window cleaner.


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