Faux Stained Glass Window Anyone Can Do 3 comments

Faux Stained Glass Window

Have you ever wanted to try faux stained glass but too scared to try it? Have you ever wanted to perk up a window or a mirror but weren’t sure what to do? Well my friends, let me tell you a little secret…faux stained glass painting is super easy and very forgiving if you make a mistake or just don’t like your finished product.

As you all know if you saw my Christmas Ornament tutorial I have fallen in love with this new product called Unicorn SPiT.  Since I already have Unicorn SPiT on hand I decided to use it and not to go buy one of the various products made for faux stained glass painting. Just look at how beautiful this is…I could not be happier with my side lights.

Faux Stained Glass Window

My Finished Faux Stained Glass Window

Here is what you will need:

  • Masking Tape
  • Newspaper or Plastic
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper Towels
  • 2 Paint brushes (one for paint and one for stain)
  • Mod Podge (Dishwasher Safe Version)
  • Unicorn Spit (or stained glass paint)
  • Liquid Leading (Buy at your local craft store…or there are DIY options, but I have never tried them)
  • razor blade (exacto knife, preferred)
  • Polyurethane  (if using Unicorn SPiT)

Step 1:

Decide on your template.  I found mine on Pintrest.  I created a board with a bunch of templates…feel free to browse my board. Skip this step if you want to create your own template. For my template I just pulled it up on my photo editing software and had to print it in sections so that it fit in my window. Then I taped it to the inside of my window. I chose to do my painting on the outside since I have dogs that could scratch the surface of the paint if I did it inside.

stained glass template

Step 2:

Protect your surrounding area.  This includes taping off the edges of your “canvas”. This is very important if don’t want the surrounding edges to get painted.

Step 3:

Wipe down the glass with your rubbing alcohol. This helps to remove any oils or dirt that can prevent the paint from adhering to the glass.

Step 4:

Start outlining your template with the liquid leading.  You can also buy premade lead strips (may be a little expensive though).  These are a good option if you do not have a lot of curves or movement in your design.  I don’t know what my problem was the day I did mine but I had a very unsteady hand so I ended up having to clean up the lines with my exacto knife the next day, after the lead had dried (next day), which turned out to be very easy.  The nice thing is your lines really don’t even have to be perfect anyway.

liquid lead


Time for the fun part

Step 5:

Now choose your starting color or colors and pour a little on a paper plate.  Pour a little of your Mod Podge (dishwasher safe version) on the same plate. It’s ok if any or all colors blend together. Dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paints and start painting the sections you want in those colors.  Keep in mind if you want a more sheer look use more of the Mod Podge. Likewise, if you want a more opaque look just use more of the paint but ALWAYS use the Mod Podge on each section.  I addition for another affect you can also paint each section with Mod Podge first and then go back with your colors. Really, it all just depends on what look you want. For the most part I wanted the colors to be a bit more transparent so I used more Mod Podge than color.

Note: be sure to clean up any spills immediately so you don’t discolor areas not intended to be colored

Keep repeating this step with each of your colors until your project is completed.  Let the paint dry over night. I wanted a lot of movement in each section so some of my strokes were pretty thick which resulted in a longer dry time. However, if you choose to do a smoother finish it may only take a couple of hours to dry.

paint-on-plate unicorn-spit-mod-podge


Step 6:

Finally, when your paint is dry use an oil based sealer to protect your Unicorn SPiT. I used an outdoor rated Polyurethane. However, if you are using one of the products specifically used for stained glass painting you can probably skip this step. If you are using Unicorn SPiT do not skip this step.  It not only seals your finished work it really makes your colors pop!

Outside view DIY stained glass

close up view stained glass

Please tell me what you think or if you have any questions…just comment away… I would love to hear from you.


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3 thoughts on “Faux Stained Glass Window Anyone Can Do

  • Karen

    Great job with. The stain glass . If I wanted to paint over window film just to color the glass could I do that ? The film is sold in stores , vinyl sheets for privacy.

  • Martha Chartier

    Hi..I have a six pane window I want to do and hang on the wall. You’ve given me a wonderful idea. Your panels are positively gorgeous. And it sounds relatively easy. Thank you. Happy New Year……….