Faux Stained Glass

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

DIY Faux Stained Glass with Acrylic Paint and Puff Paint!

Capture the sunbeams of summer by making your own beautiful art piece to display in your window.  This faux stained glass uses minimal supplies and is a fun and easy way to create a pretty decorative piece.

Glass 1

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A picture frame with metal tabs that hold the glass in.
  • Dimensional fabric paint “puffy paint” with a fine squeeze tip.  I used black.
  • Glossy Mod Podge.
  • Assorted colors of acrylic craft paint.
  • Paint brush.
  • Razor blade or Exacto knife (optional)
  • Image that you will trace to be your design.  I used a flower image I found online, and then sized and printed to correctly fit my piece of glass.  Try to choose an image that doesn’t have a lot of tiny detail, because this project lends itself better to images with bigger blocks of color.

To begin, you’ll need to take your picture frame apart.  Set aside the frame and back piece, and make sure your glass is really clean.

Glass 2

Place your image underneath the glass, and then using the puffy paint, begin tracing your image to create the “leading” that you will later paint inside.  The puffy paint will spread slightly, so use a light hand while squeezing.  I added some extra lines around the outside of my picture to break up what would wind up being solid areas of color, and to give it the look of being made up of multiple pieces of glass.  Let it dry according to package directions.

Glass 3

When your “leading” is completely dry, you can go back with a razor blade and carefully trim any lines whose edge need smoothing, or where you lost any detail when the paint spread.  Just make your cuts, and then use the edge of your blade to peel up the excess.

Glass 5

The next step is to begin filling in your colors.  By mixing your acrylic paint with Mod Podge, you make it less opaque, and your final product will let the sunlight shine through like real stained glass.  I used two parts Mod Podge to one part acrylic paint, but you can mix your paint to make it more or less opaque as you choose.


Try building up layers of color as you go, varying the shade in each area you paint  to give your piece more visual interest.   For instance, in the petals of my poppy design, I didn’t just use straight red for each petal.  For some of them  I added a little orange to one edge and then blended it into the red of the rest of the petal.

Glass 6

Keep painting until your design is totally filled in, holding it up to the light every now and then to make sure you don’t have any holes in your paint, or any areas that are too thin.

Glass 7

When your glass is completely dry, carefully place it back in the frame, and bend the metal tabs to hold the glass in.  Find a good place in your window, and enjoy your beautiful new art!

Happy Crafting!


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