A Christmas Parent Gift...Stained Glass Window Pictures

Perfect child made gift I can do in my classroom with students! How to make Christmas stained glass pictures.

Every year in December students make Christmas gifts for their parents. This year I decided to make stained glass window pictures! The first thing I had to do was go to my favorite store, The Dollar Tree to purchase a frame for each student. For this project I am used 5 X 7 size frames.  In my art cabinet pulled out acrylic paint, paint brushes, black Sharpies, plastic cupcake tray, and a dry erase marker.


The day before we created our stained glass window pictures we did a directed drawing. Students were able to practice drawing a tree with ornaments, garland, and snow around it. It was a time for them to experiment drawing with a black marker then filling it in with various colors. 


For this project students drew on the glass of the picture frame. I took the glass out of the frame and placed it on a tray.  Under the glass, I placed a outline of a tree with a trunk. Students traced the tree and the trunk with a black Sharpie.  Then they drew a zig zag for the garland, circles for the ornaments, a star at the top, and snowflakes around the tree.

If they made a mistake on their drawing, I drew over the mistake with a dry erase marker.Then used a tissue to wipe off the dry erase marker. It removed the Sharpie!  It is an amazing trick I learned this year.  It is a life saver. It also works on plastic too.

It took a few days for everyone to make their stained glass window painting.  Some of my students are part time and only come two or three days a week. To help with clean up, I placed the paint in plastic cupcake trays. After we were finished painting that day I took the brushes out and covered the cupcake paint trays with plastic wrap to save for the next day.  When we were completely finished painting, I threw the trays away.


Time to paint! Students painted on the same side they did the drawing on.  They painted the ornaments, lights, star, and snow. I set the trays around the room to let the paint dry.


Not all of the students in my class celebrate Christmas. They created a snowman instead of a Christmas tree. It is such a cute little snowman!


 Later that day I painted the tree green. I did this part for my students. If you have older students they can do this part too.


Once it was completely dry, I flipped the frame over so the paint is on the back.  Then I cut a piece of foil to fit behind the glass.


It was super simple to put the frame together. Now their masterpieces were complete!  I LOVE the way they turned out! Each one beautiful and unique. It is a gift their parents will get out each and every year and treasure always.


 You may have noticed that some had more details in their drawing than others. My classroom is made up of cute little three, four, and five year olds. As always, I am tailor projects for each student to ensure they are successful! A three year old made the stained glass picture above. She drew dots for the snow and did not want a star. I had other three year olds who did not draw the zig zag garland and only drew circle ornaments on their tree. The picture below was made by a five year old.

Perfect child made gift I can do in my classroom with students! How to make Christmas stained glass pictures.

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  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE how you did this Christmas artwork. Pinning now to make for next year!

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  2. Love this. I always plan gifts that are something I would want to keep forever and this is definitely one of them.

    I have a great suggestion for you. I cut up the cups from egg cartons into sections of 4. My class uses those to paint with so they can just be thrown away when done. I used to use my artist paint palete trays but it was hard to be constantly cleaning up after the kids "cleaned. The egg cartons are a life saver.

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    1. What a great idea~ Thanks for sharing. I will have to remember that trick for next time.

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this... and the detailed information you share to ensure success, much appreciated. You covered every detail. We are making them this year for caroling gifts. a thank you to neighbors that have agreed to come out and enjoy the kids's caroling this year. Very sweet! Thank you.

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  4. Where did you get the colored trays that each child used for painting their trees? (Not the cupcake holder)

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    1. They are Colorations trays. Here is a link http://amzn.to/2mPRIha

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  5. Would this work with liquid Tempera paint?

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    1. I haven't tried myself but I would think so.

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