Stained Glass Butterflies (Kids Craft)

Here’s a simple kids craft that looks amazing with a little sunshine – Stained Glass Butterflies. My kids and I had fun making these stunning and colorful butterflies.


I’ve seen tissue paper stained glass projects before but didn’t realize how pretty they look in person. Since I recently made a Butterfly Tree, I decided to make our colorful tissue paper stained glass project into butterfly shapes.

The materials we used to make Stained Glass Butterflies were dark cardstock paper, colored tissue papers, contact paper, scissors, pencil and butterfly template.


I first cut different colored tissue paper into several pieces.


TIP: The template and the dark cardstock outlines for the butterflies were made ahead of time. My kids only had to decorate the butterflies which is the fun part for them.

I took my butterfly template and folded it in half. I then folded my dark cardstock paper in half.

I placed the folded template on top of the folded paper.


I traced and cut out the butterfly.


We then placed the butterfly on the sticky side of a piece of contact paper. Note: We also cut out a middle for the butterfly.


Now the fun part – My kids decorated their butterfly by placing pieces of tissue paper within the butterfly outline.

(Optional step) We placed another butterfly outline on top.


We placed contact paper (sticky side down) on top of the finished butterfly. We smoothed it out. We cut the excess contact paper so all we had was the butterfly shape.


We hung them up on our window using tape.

Look how gorgeous the butterflies look with the sun shining through them.


Seriously – they are beautiful.


Have you made any tissue paper stained glass crafts?

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Please excuse my ignorance, but where is the butterfly template? Thanks!

    • Hi – I’m sorry to say I don’t have a template for you to download. I just hand drew my butterfly and cut it out to use as my template. You could do the same.

  2. I found some templates online but your is so much cuter! I’ll try to adapt the one I found to be cuter.

  3. I used to make “stain glass” butterflies with a black outline, crayon shavings and wax paper as a child. It’s funny how I haven’t thought of that in YEARS since I saw this post!! I like your way better – less mess and fool proof! Thanks for sharing!


    • Debbie says:

      Hi Elissa – Thanks and you’re welcome! It is an easy craft project.
      Thanks also for sharing it with your twitter followers.

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