Faux-Stained Glass Valentine Mobile Craft

All you need are tissue paper, a plastic food takeout container, scissors, glue and string to make this captivating valentine mobile for the one you love.

My 4 & 6 year old loved creating the faux-stained glass effect and I smile every time I catch a glimpse of it hanging in the window.

The wonderful thing about this craft is that it can be enjoyed during any month or occasion, using many different symbols, color-schemes and in both miniature and larger formats.


  • Thin transparent sheet of plastic (approx. 6x6in cut from a takeout food container)
  • Tissue paper of various colors
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • String
  • Hole-punch
  • Paper & printer


  • Cut out the top/bottom of a clean transparent plastic takeout food container
  • Have your child tear small pieces of tissue paper of various colors into rough shapes or cut more precise geometric shapes, triangles are especially beautiful in this project
  • Have your child glue the pieces of tissue paper onto the sheet of plastic, both overlapping and leaving space between the pieces of tissue paper will make for a pretty pattern
  • Once the tissue paper is dry you will need to draw a heart on the tissue-paper side of the plastic sheet
  • You can make the heart template in Microsoft Word using the shapes option or download a heart template (heart-template-jm.pdf ), or you may also have your child free-hand draw single or multiple hearts on the sheet
  • Print template and cut out, then place on the paper and draw around the template with a pen
  • Cut out the heart and punch a hole in it
  • Thread the string through the hole and tie, hang in a window and enjoy


  • Place the heart in an envelope as a beautiful valentine
  • Think eggs or clovers in March/April, pumpkins in October, pine trees or snowflakes in December or simple orbs or triangles in a garland for more opportunities to use this faux stained-glass crafting technique
  • Make multiple stained-glass pendants to create a whimsical mobile

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