Faux Stained Glass




Make fake stained glass with hot glue, plexiglass, and paint! Cheap, easy, and pretty.

Supply list:
Hot Glue Gun
Black Hot Glue
Glass Paints
Thick Marker
Plexiglass (you can use glass, but it is heavy!)

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Step 1: Black Hot Glue

I found it online and have only used this brand so far. It is more expensive than regular hot glue. A 5 lb box costs about 50 dollars. Looks like it's main purpose is to attach weaves at beauty salons.

Step 2: Make Your Design

Draw your design on a sheet of paper with a fat marker. You want to use a fat marker because if you can't make the detail with a fat marker then you won't be able to make it with a thick stream of hot glue either.

Once the design is complete roll some tape and put it on the front of your design.

Step 3: Tape Design and Begin Drawing With Hot Glue

Tape your design to the back of your plexi glass. Begin to draw on the front of the glass with your black hot glue. The hot glue really likes sticking to the plexi glass so get comfy drawing with the hot glue on a test piece of paper first. You can scrape the hot glue off of the plexi glass, but it is a bit of work.

Step 4: Remove Design

Done tracing the design! I've removed the paper from the back. I also used a piece of glass for the eye. Using glass stones can get some really cool looks. I glued the glass on with clear hot glue then drew around it with black. That way it wouldn't shift around while I worked.

Step 5: Add Color

Bust out the paints and begin coloring!

Step 6: Let Paint Dry

Voila, stained glass Charr head!

This picture has only a single layer of glass paint. It looks okay, but for better colors and less paint brush streaks do several layers of paint.

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    6 years ago

    I saw some really enchanting LOZ The Windwaker stained glass panels that I think you could buy somewhere. Maybe I could make my own poor person's version. I might also want to try doing a church-themed panel for one of my church-going friends. This might be a silly question, but could there ever be a problem with the glue melting in the sun or a hot garage? Very nice job, by the way.

    2 replies

    Most glue melts between 250 and 380 farenheight. So plan your work around those temps. For most people those should be very flexible temperatures to work with. A hot roof in a Texas summer may not be suitable.


    Question 1 year ago

    Is black paint mixed with glue pretty much the same? I am new to this so bare with me ,what kind of sealer or glaze is best for this project?hanks

    4 answers

    Answer 1 year ago

    It will work but only in a limited capacity. It flattens almost completely, which may not be an issue but in my case it was-I needed that "ridge" to contain my glass paint. It also became very brittle fairly quickly.


    Answer 1 year ago

    Also for glaze you could mix paint into modpdge as well for all the color. It would be water safe and self sealing.


    Answer 1 year ago

    If you have a very thick paint with some “body” to it that could work mixed with modpodge, but it is quite different to work with than hot glue. If you make a glue paint like that it might work well to pipe it through frosting bags for even linework.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Just an FYI, you can buy glass paint and faux leading paint at any craft store and it is pretty cheap. It is made by Plaid and called "Gallery Glass". The faux lead is called "liquid leading" and is less than $5 a bottle. I did cabinet doors last year. It's a lot of fun!!

    cab window 3.jpgcab window in progress.jpg
    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    That totally looks like what I want mine to look like!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I saw your cabinet doors done with glass paints.  I would like to know how you got the back ground effect.  It has a blurry background which looks very effective so how did you do that.  And a friend of mine had done glass painting and in the end all the coloured areas were not smooth but the paint had an effect like a honey comb.  do you know how to achieve that.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I love this, I am a huge fan of stained glass. You do a beautiful job


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Really cool project. I like it too much. It's good for wall art too.


    10 years ago on Step 6

    If you search 'black hot glue', you'll find places like Direct Depot that saell it for about $10-15 for 10 sticks or so. Great instructable! Most 'paint stain glass' instructions make you buy 'liquid lead' or something similar for the lines- I like the hot glue option!

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    8 years ago on Step 6

    I love this idea ,and i am definitely going to try this *** thanks **** :-)


    8 years ago on Step 6

    I absolutely love it. I started doing projects with my daughter using this idea, she is always testing my copying skills and soon she will be doing these for herself. Well Done!!