Tissue paper window decor emulates the look of stained glass.

How to Decorate Glass Windows for Kids

by Kathy Adams

Give your kids an enjoyable, but temporary, way to show off crafts they created for seasonal holidays or just for fun by letting them decorate the windows. Large windows provide a display area for decor that can be seen indoors or out, adding an extra element of entertainment to the project for children as they go outside to view their handiwork. Always supervise young children when they're using scissors and craft knives, or do the cutting for them.

1. Folded Paper Cutouts

Folded paper cutouts are a staple of children's craft and art projects, from snowflakes to hearts to chains of paper people. Have them start with six-sided snowflakes by folding a square of paper on the diagonal to make a triangle, and then folding the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle. One side of the triangle gets folded to the back, one to the front; trim the points off to make yet another triangle. Small cutouts made along the fold lines unfold to reveal a snowflake. Make chains of hearts or people by folding a piece of paper accordion-style, and then cutting half an image of either heart or figure of a person along the fold lines. Stick these creations to the window with clear tape or double-sided clear tape.

2. Homemade Window Paint

Homemade window paint allows children to paint as much or little of the window glass as they'd like, creating full scenes for seasonal decor, such as snowmen and falling snow, or flowers sprouting in spring. The concoction consists of 2 parts baby shampoo to 1 part cornstarch, mixed with a few drops of food coloring. You can use liquid soap in place of baby shampoo. Mixing batches in resealable disposable containers to keep them from drying out. The containers serve as paint pots for different colors. Fingers or brushes apply the paint to the windows. Once the paint dries and it's time to clean the windows, a damp paper towel or sponge wipes the artwork away.

3. Window Clings

Kids can make removable window clings using standard contact paper or sticky shelf paper. Children draw their favorite designs or words such as "Happy Holidays" on the backing paper, keeping in mind that images will be reversed when viewed from the front side. A craft knife or pair of scissors cuts the designs out, carefully, and they're stuck onto the window once the backing paper is removed. The sticky side can be stuck onto the inside or outside of a window, depending on the alignment of your designs and which side you want to face indoors.

4. Faux Stained Glass

Tissue paper's translucence gives it a look similar to stained glass when light shines through the thin material. Achieve the look by setting strips of different colored tissue paper next to one another, slightly overlapping. A glue stick or double-sided tape along the overlap sticks one piece of paper to the next. Ask children to cut a rectangular frame shape out of construction paper or cardstock to make a frame for their tissue paper art. Clear tape holds the artwork up on a window. This stained glass effect can be used along with tissue paper for seasonal decor -- try a construction paper haunted house with red or yellow tissue paper windows, or a construction paper monster with tissue paper eyes that seem to glow from the light of a window.

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