Introduction: Tin Foil Stained Glass

This is an instructable on how to make a fake stained glass window using tin foil, plastic wrap and sharpies. I made this for my Middle Ages Genius Hour Project. During the Middle Ages, churches had huge elaborate stained glass windows, that portrayed the religious messages because most people were illiterate during that time.


  • Thick Piece of Cardboard (size of your choice)
  • Extra piece of cardboard of the same size(optional)
  • Assorted Sharpies
  • Tin Foil (large enough to wrap around the cardboard)
  • Clear tape
  • A picture of your choice
  • Plastic Wrap (large enough to wrap around the cardboard)

Step 1: Step 1: Measure Out the Cardboard

Set the piece of cardboard on the table and measure a piece of tinfoil that covers the face and some of the sides of the cardboard. Then take the tinfoil and crumple it up carefully.

Step 2: Step 2: Unravel and Tape to the Cardboard

Carefully unravel the tin foil, flatten it on the cardboard and tape it to the cardboard. Set it aside for later.

Step 3: Step 3: Tracing Out Your Design (Part 1)

Take your picture and lay it on a flat surface and tape the corners down with tape. Then, take plastic wrap and place it over the picture, making sure that there is enough wrap around the edges of the picture to tape to the back. Then double side 4 pieces of tape and

Step 4: Step 4: Tracing Out the Design (Part 2)

Use a black marker to carefully trace the design, without ripping it.

Step 5: Step 5: Colour It

Once done tracing the lines, use the different coloured permanent markers to colour the white areas.

Step 6: Step 6: Put It All Together

After you have finished colouring it, you need to tape the coloured plastic wrap design across the tinfoil. How to do this is to carefully untape the edges of the plastic and slide it over to the tinfoil frame and lay it on top. Then stretch it across until your design is where you want it. While still holding the front in place, flip it over carefully and use that tape on the edges and tape it to the back of the cardboard. Once taped, use more tape to secure it.

Step 7: Step 7: Final Touches (Optional)

If you want to make it look really good, you can go over the colours and the lines again to make it look more vibrant. You can also use an additional piece of cardboard of the same size on the back. To do that, take the cardboard and attach the tape to the front side of the cardboard piece and attach it to the back of the design to hide the tape.