Stained Glass Earth Day Project {Frugal Crafts}

by Mackenzie on April 22, 2013

Stained-Glass-Earth-ProjectThis past weekend my girls and I worked on a fun and easy project creating a “stained glass” Earth to celebrate Earth Day. I love stained glass projects and this can easily be transferred into other shapes such as a butterfly, ladybug, cross for Easter, tree for Christmas, etc. So have fun and enjoy!


  • Green tissue paper
  • Blue tissue paper
  • Glue
  • 2 sheets of wax paper
  • 2 sheets of construction paper
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • string


From my experience with my impatient children I found out the hard way it is easier to cut the pieces of tissue paper one night after they are in bed…then wait until morning. My little darlings kept asking me when I would be done, so save yourself the time and questions and prepare ahead LOL.

Next take two sheets of wax paper and place next to each other. Using a bowl or plate to trace or freehand a circle on each wax sheet. PLace on wax sheet to the side. Liberally add glue to the inside of one circle.


Have the kids take the pieces of blue and green tissue paper and place them on the glue circle. You can show them a picture of the Earth to get an idea or just be creative. We went by guessing…which meant we completely forgot South America but it still looks great!


Using a bowl or plate trace on the sheets of construction paper. Since my plate was too big for one sheet I had to split it between the two sheet. Take a smaller bowl or plate and trace inside the first circle to create a thin “rim” for the project. Cut out the rim (difference between the big circle and smaller circle) and this will be border for the project.


Take the other wax sheet and spread glue inside the other circle. Take the Earth’s border and place around the wax circle. Carefully place the circle over the tissue paper making a sandwich of the two wax sheets. Smooth out any bubbles and allow to dry.


Cut out the circle “sandwich” when completely dried and trim as needed.

Punch a hole on the top border and use string to hang on the window.

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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