How to Make a Paper Stained Glass Window Picture

Paper stained glass windows look great when made with wax crayons. Kids will enjoy this project as a fun way to make a picture that really does let the light through when hung over a house or classroom window.


  1. 1
    Look up a nice picture on the internet. Choose one that your child or you would like to have on the window. Print it out. Of course, if you have a picture already, you can use that instead, provided it's on plain white paper.
  2. 2
    Color in the nice picture using any wax crayons. Only use crayons, as pencils, pens or markers will not work to create the stained glass window effect.
  3. 3
    Lay newspaper on your work table. Put your now colored picture on top of the newspaper, making sure that the backside is facing up.
  4. 4
    Get a sponge. Pour a little cooking oil into a bowl. Dip one end of the sponge into the oil. Gently brush the back of the picture with the oil; it will start to seep through the paper, turning it transparent. You should be able to see the picture on the other side.
    • Don't miss out any bits of the image or paper––if you do, it will stop the light coming through the missed parts.
  5. 5
    Leave the picture to dry for about 2 to 3 days. Once it has dried, you can stick it on your window to let the light shine through.


  • Do not make the picture too big or have too much detail because it will be hard to color; wax crayons aren't a very delicate coloring medium.

Things You'll need

  • Nice picture
  • Wax crayons (colors of your choice)
  • Newspaper
  • Cooking oil
  • Pastry or paintbrush
  • Tape, adhesive tabs or poster tack for hanging

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Categories: Glass and Stained Glass Projects