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Faux Stained Glass Paper Hearts

Faux Stained Glass Paper Hearts
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Students will make faux stained glass hearts using construction paper and tissue paper.

By: Andrea Mulder-Slater

Paper Heart Window Decorations

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like windows plastered with paper hearts. I still remember loving the bright red and pink shapes that decorated the glass in my elementary school classroom. They are fun to look at and super easy to make. Follow along as I show you two variations on a theme for two different age groups.

Version One (Best for ages 5-8)

Paper hearts - version one for younger kids.

What you need:

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft glue (or Mod Podge®)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • An old paintbrush

What you do:

Tear off a sheet of wax paper.

Tear up some tissue paper.

Paint glue or Mod Podge® onto the wax paper and layer tissue paper until you are satisfied.

Let dry.

Glueing the tissue paper onto wax paper. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com
Glued tissue paper. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Cut out a construction paper heart large enough to cover the tissue paper.

Construction paper heart.

Cut the inside out of the heart by folding the heart in half and cutting out the middle, leaving a thin outline.

Construction paper heart. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Glue the paper heart outline onto the wax paper.

Place construction paper heart onto tissue paper and glue. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

When dry, cut away the excess paper.

 Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Version Two (Good for ages 8 and up)

Paper hearts version two for older kids.

What you need:

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft glue (or Mod Podge)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • An old paintbrush

What you do:

Fold two sheets of construction paper in half. This is so you will have two heart cut-outs for a project with a front and a back.

Cut a heart out of the paper.

Fold the heart shape twice (back and forth, like an accordion).

Cut shapes out of the folded heart. Think of this like making snowflakes in that you want to cut on the folds. Move the paper around so you are able to create designs all over.

Unfold the paper.

Making paper hearts. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Next…

Tear or cut up some tissue paper and glue pieces onto one of the paper hearts (using a Glue Stick), covering the cut outs.

Glue tissue paper to the back of the heart cut out. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Glue the second paper heart on top of the first (using a Glue Stick). In this way, the hearts will be finished on both sides.

Glue other paper heart cutout. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Keep it simple…

If you would rather not tear up little pieces of tissue paper, you can use one big piece instead. Like so.

Glue tissue paper to the back of the heart cut out. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com
Glue other paper heart cutout. Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

Either way, you will have a classroom (or home) full of hearts!

Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com
Faux Stained Glass Hearts Lesson Plan. KinderArt.com

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