Christmas Craft Activities: Hanging ‘Stained Glass’ Decorations

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Christmas Craft Activities are always a big hit in my house. From around mid-November I generally start putting old christmas wrap, last years christmas cards, bits of ribbon, christmas stickers from the $2 shop and christmas cookie cutters (for tracing around) in the ‘Useful Box’ on our craft table. I generally try to do a few structured craft activities with the kids as well.

My girls and I made these hanging ‘stained glass’ decorations last year and I just pulled them out of the box and hung them up again. They are really lovely and we had so much fun making them and hanging them in the window.

Hanging 'Stained Glass' Decorations

 

What you’ll need:

  • Coloured paper – we used paintings the girls had done already that they were happy to cut up
  • Christmas cookie cutters to trace around
  • Coloured cellophane
  • Ribbon or string
  • Christmas stickers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

How to make it:

  1. Trace around a christmas cookie cutter then cut out the shape
  2. Repeat step 1 so you have 2 matching shapes
  3. Cut out a hole in the middle of each shape – you can make it the same as your traced shape or let the kids cut out a randomly shaped hole.
  4. Glue a piece of cellophane (that is just big enough to cover the cut-out hole) between the two shapes
  5. You can also make a few solid shapes with drawings or stickers on them to intersperse with the ‘stained glass’ ones
  6. Punch a single hole in the top and bottom of each shape and use pieces of ribbon or string to tie together
  7. Hang in the sunlight and enjoy your handiwork 🙂
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