Kid-Friendly "Stained Glass" Crosses

For the 1st grade Sunday School lesson today,
the kiddos and I discussed what it means to be a light
for Jesus.

"In the same way,
let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Fahter in heaven."
-Matthew 5:15

I wanted the kiddos to take home a reminder
of how they can be a light for Jesus,
so we made
"Stained-Glass" Crosses.

Materials that we used for activity included:

Colorful tissue paper
Clear contact paper
Permanent marker
Cross template
Hole punch

First, cut several pieces of the tissue paper
into small squares.
Second, create a cross template out of clip art.
Third, trace the template onto
a section of the clear contact paper.

Take the paper off of the contact paper,
and lay it sticky side up onto the table.
Cover the cross with pieces of the tissue paper squares.
Get another piece of contact paper and
cut it to the same size
as the tissue paper covered cross piece.
Put the sticky sides
of the two sheets of contact paper together,
and smooth out any air bubbles.
Cut out the cross shape
and punch a hole in the top
for a piece of yarn to go through.
You now have a reminder to put in your window
that lets the shine through,
just like we are to reflect Jesus' light in our lives!

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...


  1. That would be a good one for Easter too - very pretty!

  2. I really like this craft!! =0) I'll definitely be trying this one with the kiddos!

  3. Beautiful! We made these a couple years ago. I loved them. We left them for months on the windows :) I'm going to put them on my planner for this week. Thanks.

  4. "And let your light so shine before men, let your light so shine. So that we might know some kindness again."
    Of course the song goes downhill from there, and says "let's have some wine," but I still like the song.
    Fun activity.

  5. I love this idea! We did something similar at the start of the year, but I think yours turned out better :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. I really like this idea, I think I will do it with Lu!

  7. What a great idea. I have contact paper and tissue paper but didn't even consider that it would make something look like stained glass!

  8. I LOVE this! I want to do this for Easter! :)