Stained Glass Ornaments


Update an ancient craft with contemporary designs and art materials. These holiday ornaments are light and unbreakable, and they're great for holidays or any day!


1. Stained glass is a centuries-old method of putting together many pieces of colored glass to form a picture. The glass is held together with lead beading that forms a black outline around each section. Which famous artists are known for their stained glass? Here’s a way to capture the beauty of this ancient craft in modern materials.

2. What holiday is coming soon? What symbols remind you of that season? You might show fall with a leaf, Chanukah with a dreidel, or Valentine’s Day with a heart. Choose the symbols you want to recreate in stained-glass ornaments.

3. To create your own colors of Crayola® Model Magic, rub color from a Crayola Washable Marker. Mix it a little bit for a marbled effect. Knead the Model Magic well and add more marker color until you get the uniform shade you wish. Then shape the modeling compound into holiday symbols.

4. To add to the stained-glass look, draw directly on the symbol with markers. If you want to create an ornament, poke a small hole in the top. Attach ribbon or yarn.

5. Accent your ornaments with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry before giving them as gifts or hanging.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Students with special needs and younger children may want to experiment with color mixing before making their ornaments.
  • Create a matching game using the symbols and names of various seasons and holidays.
  • Use Crayola Window Markers to create a colorful stained glass design on a window. Be sure the window is closed and locked before decorating.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • Glitter Glue
household supplies
  • ribbon



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research stained glass to learn how it is made and where and why it has been used.

  • Students learn about famous stained glass makers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge.

  • Students recognize that holidays and seasons have symbols that represent them.

  • Students craft a seasonal symbol using art techniques that create a stained glass effect.


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