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Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

What you will make:

Make stained glass-like medallions that can be used to decorate windows or hung as ornaments on the Christmas tree. This is a great family craft that the kids color and the adults assemble. Best of all, these large and colorful circular hangings can be used year after year to bring festive joy to your home! Just a few simple materials are needed to complete this project.

Related craft: Melted crayon shavings are used to make Stained Glass Leaves.

Here's what you need:
  • Computer paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Waxed paper
  • Scissors
  • Black felt-tip marker
  • Colored markers
  • Paper towels or scrap paper
  • Masking tape
  • Iron and ironing board (requires adult supervision)
  • Optional: Small hole punch, thread or string, invisible tape, colored computer paper, crayons, glue stick

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose the medallions you want to make. Download and print the pattern. Print black & white patterns for tracing onto tissue paper. The colored patterns can be printed and waxed to make sturdy, translucent window hangings—see How to Wax Paper.  You can also use the smaller, card-size medallions to make smaller ornaments or decorate greeting cards.

Angel Medallion
Printable pattern for angel medallion
Santa Medallion
Printable pattern for Santa medallion
Candle Medallion
Printable pattern for candle medallion
Star Medallion
Printable pattern for star medallion
5" Santa and Angel
Printable pattern for 5" Santa and angel medallions
5" Candles and Star
Printable pattern for 5" candles and star medallions
Card-Size Medallions
Printable pattern for card-size medallions
Medallion Frames
Printable pattern for circular medallion frame

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's Crafts project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select "Auto-Rotate and Center" or "Choose paper source by PDF page size" to ensure the best fit.

Tape tissue paper over black and white medallion pattern Step 2: Prepare to Color

Cut a square of tissue paper as least 1" larger than the medallion pattern on all sides. Lay the tissue paper over the pattern and tape all four corners down with small pieces of masking tape.

Step 3: Trace Trace medallion lines onto tissue paper with black marker

Trace over all the medallion's lines with a black felt-tip marker. Make the lines thick! (A black crayon can be used, but the lines won't be as sharp.) Allow the marker lines to dry completely.

Step 4: Color Fill in all the spaces outlined in black with colored markers

Color the medallion with any colors you like, filling in all the spaces outlined with black lines. Markers will give the most vibrant colors, but crayons work fine, too.

Step 5: Cut Trim away excess tissue paper

Remove the tape from the corners of the tissue paper. Don't worry if the tissue paper tears a bit.

Trim the tissue paper to the outer circle or leave a small margin of white tissue paper. Make very neat and smooth cuts.

Cut wax paper squaresCut two pieces of wax paper that are about ½" larger than the tissue paper medallion on all sides.

Step 6: Iron Iron to melt the wax paper layers together

Set up the ironing board and iron, and heat the iron on the low setting. Get two paper towels, and place one paper towel on the ironing board. Lay one piece of waxed paper on top of the paper towel, waxed side up. Lay the tissue paper centered on top of the wax paper, and lay the other piece of wax paper on top, waxed side down. Top off the stack with another paper towel.

Iron on top of the paper towel, melting the two sheets of waxed paper together.

Medallion with wax paper melted together

Tip: Not all wax paper melts well, so be sure to test yours, especially before doing this project with a group.

Tip: Check which is the waxier side of your wax paper by scraping each side with your fingernail. Always iron two waxier sides together.

Tip: If the wax paper and tissue paper want to come apart at the edges, use a glue stick around the edge to secure them.

Step 7: Finish Up Trim excess wax paper way from finished medallion

Trim the wax paper down to either a circle or a square, being sure to leave at least a ¼" margin all around the medallion.

You can use the medallions as is, or frame them with paper. To frame them, cut two identically sized pieces of paper with a circle cut from the middle—pick from the round or square frame patterns above. Glue the medallion between the two pieces of paper. Tape the medallions to a window, or thread a string through a punched hole and hang them on the Christmas tree.

That's it! Your stained glass ornaments are done!
Stained glass Christmas decorations

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Greeting cards decorated with stained glass ornaments

Tip: Decorate greeting cards with the card-size stained glass ornaments. Make a hanger by threading a string through a hole punched in the top of the ornament. Make another punch in the card front and thread the ornament string through it. Tape the string inside of the card.

Tissue paper medallions colored with markers

Tip: Coloring the tissue paper with markers and sandwiching it between wax paper gives a mottled stained glass-like look.

Waxed printed medallion

Tip: It's quick and easy to make stained glass-like medallions by waxing the printed colored patterns—see How to Wax Paper. However, without the tissue paper and wax paper sandwich, the look is much smoother and less stained glass-like.

Set of waxed medallions

Tip: Printed color medallions, when waxed, are sturdy and can even be used outside.

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