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How to Make Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments

Glass Christmas ornaments can be an elegant holiday decoration, with bright colors and designs that beautifully reflect light. How do you make your own stained glass Christmas ornament? Painting a clear ornament with gallery glass paint gives the illusion of real stained glass.

Learn how to make easy stained glass ornaments 3 different ways for a fun family activity this holiday season.

Make a Stained Glass Christmas Ornament 3 Different Ways

While the beauty of real stained glass is unparalleled, you can emulate the reflective colors in multiple ways at home. From ironing with wax paper to melting candy on cookies, here’s how to make a homemade stained glass Christmas ornament. 

Stained Glass Ornaments with Tissue Paper

One of the easiest ways to make a DIY stained glass Christmas ornament uses simple supplies like tissue and wax papers. Simply download the holiday image of your choice and trace and color it onto the tissue paper. Markers are best for creating a thick black outline and bright colors. 

Next, place the image between two pieces of wax paper and position the papers between two paper towels. When you iron the paper towels on a low setting, the image transfers to the waxed paper. Cut and hang your holiday image in front of a bright window to reflect the light of the winter sun all season long!

What You’ll Need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Wax paper
  • Markers
  • Paper towels
  • Iron and ironing board

Detailed Instructions

stained glass Christmas ornament
Photo Credit: Aunt Annie’s Crafts


Stained Glass Ornaments with Gallery Glass

Gallery glass paint was created to duplicate the appearance of real stained glass, making it ideal for homemade ornaments. The paint includes one bottle of glass leading paint for creating the thick black outline characteristic of stained glass images. The other bottle consists of window paint to fill in the outline. This paint has a transparent quality when it dries, allowing light to shine through like real stained glass.

Here’s how to make stained glass Christmas ornament with gallery glass paint:

  1. Using the leading paint, outline a simple shape on a clear glass ornament and allow it to dry.
  2. Fill in the outline with the window paint, taking care to remain within the outline.
  3. Once the stained glass Christmas ornament is completely dry, hang near a tree light so it glows with the reflected light.

What You’ll Need:

  • Gallery glass paint
  • Clear glass or plastic Christmas ornament

Detailed Instructions

how to make stained glass Christmas ornament
Photo Credit: Ritzy Parties


Stained Glass Ornaments with Cookies

What’s one of the easiest stained glass Christmas ornaments to make with kids? Creating an ornament out of candy and cookies! The simple sugar cookie dough comes together quickly with butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  After a chill in the refrigerator, the dough is quickly rolled out and cut into ornament shapes with cookie cutters.

Meanwhile, kids will love crushing Jolly Rancher candies in a plastic bag and sprinkling the pieces in the center of each cookie. After 8-10 minutes in the oven, the colored candy melts to give the effect of stained glass. Just allow adequate time for the candy to set and cool to a safe temperature before eating or hanging on the tree.

What You’ll Need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Jolly Rancher candies

Detailed Instructions

diy stained glass Christmas ornament
Photo Credit: taste of Home


We hope that one of these methods for making a stained glass Christmas ornament becomes your new holiday tradition. Happy Holidays from all of us at Glass West!

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