How to – Stained “Glass” Craft for Kids

There are many different ways to recycle plastic packaging that would otherwise get thrown into the trash.  Plastic packages are actually very useful around the home. You can flatten them out as a drop sheet, protect tables or flooring from messy projects, place them on the ground to prevent grass stains while working in the garden or use them in craft projects.

plastic packaging

Here is a lovely and simple project to make faux stained glass. It’s a fun craft for children and there’s no worry of broken glass in the end.

You will need:

  • plastic packaging
  • colourful cardboard paper
  • markers or colourful pens
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • double-sided tape or glue
  • string ribbon
  • optional: stickers

First, you will need to cut the plastic into manageable pieces. I cut out all of the clear pieces that didn’t have writing or graphics. You are welcome to use those pieces as well to give the stained glass a look of texture.

cut plastic packaging

Next, draw different shapes on the cardboard.  Ask the children to draw any shape -squares, hearts, triangles and so on. Once they are done, either have the children cut out the shapes or help them along with it.  The next step to complete the main “frame” is to cut out different objects or words within the main shape. *These will then have to be cut out with care to avoid cutting the edges*

Whatever these inner shapes are, they will be the ones to be illuminated by the sun.

Once that step is complete, place the newly cut pieces on the plastic to see how it will look in the end:

flower stained glass craft for kids

Secure the plastic to the back and cut off any pieces that may stick out from the edges.  Punch a hole at the top, tie off a string or some ribbon and you are ready to hang it anywhere you please.

flower fake stained glass

This one had clear plastic as the backing, but you can easily have the children colour it in with markers or pens:

i heart you stained glass

crafts for kids -  fake stained glass


  1. Amanda
    Feb 2, 2013

    Thank you for this craft! It looks simple enough to have my 3 year old try it. Will let you know how it goes!

    • Miho
      Feb 2, 2013

      My pleasure! I used to teach 3 and 4 year olds and absolutely loved it. I’ll have to get more preschool crafts in here since I did so many in the past and they (well, most) were a big hit!

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