Stained Glass Leaves – Fall Craft for Toddlers

Today I wanted to share a little fall craft for toddlers I like to do with the boys, the best part about it- it doesn’t require glue! so no sticky messes! You can adapt this activity for all seasons and holidays, we used it last year for Valentines day when we made these heart shaped suncatchers and this year we made some festive fall leaves. This is an easy one for all ages but perfect for toddlers as it requires little skill and is almost mess free, but still a lot of fun!

Fall Craft Idea

Stained Glass Leaves – Fall Craft for Toddlers


Step One: Start by tracing some leaves onto contact paper and cutting out the image. I used a couple of different types of leaves which looked really nice when grouped together on a large window. We made quite a few and gave some to the grandparents over thanksgiving. If you don’t have fall coloured permanent markers just draw on the paper side of the contact paper so it doesn’t smear off or show on the leaf itself. 

fall craft stencil 

Step Two: Cut out your leaf designs. Peel off the backing paper.

fall craft

Step Three: Choose fall coloured tissue paper and tear or cut into small pieces.

Stick the tissue onto the sticky side of the contact paper and over lap edges so it is completely covered. It’s okay if it goes over the edges, it will be trimmed up later.

Step Four: Now cut a piece of contact paper larger than your image to lay on top of the leaf and seal in the tissue paper. Go ahead and cut it to match the shape of the original leaf.

fall craft 


And there you have a pretty fall craft to hang in your window that looks like stained glass leaves! The leaves look nice in groups positioned so they look like they are falling down. I couldn’t get a nice picture because of all the objects on the other side of the window, but it really looked great!

To make this fall craft you can also use coloured cellophane if you have it  on hand, it lets in the light really well and looks vibrant.


Fall Craft Idea: Stained Glass Leaves


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  12. Love this!

  13. I really like this idea. I can’t wait to make them with my boys.

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love these and the children will be so very proud when they see their art hanging in the window. 🙂

  15. Darren Scrubb says:

    Great idea in the Fall when there are so many leaves around to do these creative projects.

  16. Darren Scrubb says:

    A creative piece or work for sure, and best done in the Fall season


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