Faux Stained Glass Windows




About: i am a Halloween NUT! i LOVE all things Halloween... orange and black forever! i am married to a fellow Halloween nut, Danny, and we have 1 son, Josh. he's a Halloween nut too!

easy to do, easy to remove! how can you go wrong with these 'stained glass' windows?

Step 1:

gather the supplies:

Windex, paper towels, acrylic paints in the desired colors, skinny masking tape and a sponge brush. you'll also need a bowl to put your paint into.

Step 2:

start out with a freshly cleaned, dry window.

Step 3:

use masking tape to make your pattern. i made diamonds. press it FIRMLY to the glass.

Step 4:

using the sponge brush, apply the 1st color. i chose green.
use a dabbing motion to apply the paint to the window.

Step 5:

allow the 1st color to dry, and then apply the next color. i used red. use that same dabbing motion.

Step 6:

allow the window to dry thoroughly. then carefully and slowly remove the masking tape. pull the tape straight off the window, to pull in any other direction could cause the edges of your pattern to chip slightly.
you could fill in the clear areas in the pattern by painting them black, but i like to leave them clear.

Step 7:

there you have it, faux stained glass windows. they look gorgeous from the outside at night, and beautiful inside on a bright sunny day. they provide extra privacy and by blocking out some of the sunlight keep your room cooler.

as an added bonus, they throw a very cool light and shadow pattern onto the ground outside at night!

i like the blotchy effect of sponge brushes and dabbing-you may like a smooth appearance. if so, simply substitute a soft, long bristled brush for the sponge brush.

and think of the possibilities during holidays!

best of all, if you grow tired of them, they're easy to remove with some Windex, a razor blade and paper towels.

i hope you enjoyed my new instructable, and have fun!



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    12 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! I make real stained glass but can't find the time to make panels for all the windows I want to in my house. I'm going to do this on one of them, it looks like so much fun! Thanks for the idea. :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Do you have any of your stain glass windows on the instructables site , I would like to see what you've done I really love stained glass ?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I'm thinking of trying this on clear laminate cut into inserts to cling to the windows of my classroom. That way I won't catch heat for damaging the building, and I can remove them. Alternately, I'm thinking of printing onto transparancy stock...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    There is 1/4" masking tape if you wanted a narrower line between.  It's sold at art supply and quilting shops.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    love it! al experiment with my aquarium! :)

    can this kind of paint be removed? how?
    like what if u found a new cool design and u'd like to change it.

    how long does d paint last til it fades in color?


    3 replies

    thanks for the comment. it can be removed very easily. i simply spray a little Windex on it and use a razorblade. it peels right off in long strips. the red and green was the 2nd color i've done my windows, they were green and orange before that (for Halloween a year or so ago)
    about fading...it depends on the amount of sun the window gets. the ones on the south and west of my house fade in around 6 months, the others fade more slowly.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    That looks really cool, are you using regular acrylic craft paint, or do you need something special for glass?

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    Joe Martin

    9 years ago on Introduction

    That's a very good effect, On you first picture it almost appears the the glass is bevelled in the gaps in between the colours. 5*

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