How To Make Faux Stained Glass

Stained glass is an amazing style of art for two reasons. First, stained glass is undeniably beautiful so that everyone’s attention is always captured. Second, to make this piece of art, patience and expertise are needed. Imagine, making stained glass requires you to cut the shapes out from glass and sticking the glasses together. No wonder, many people who are interested in getting stained glass in their home resort to making faux stained glass. Though fake, this stained glass is still beautiful—and that is without the hassle of creating a real stained glass.

You’ll find options for making faux stained glass in a variety of ways. There is one instruction using colored glue while there is another that is using adhesive film. This instruction will teach you how to make faux stained glass using stained glass paint.

Things needed:

  • Window glass with frame
  • Window cleaner
  • Sandpaper
  • Liquid lead
  • Pattern printed on paper (This should fit in the window glass.)
  • Paint brushes
  • Stained glass paint


  1. Preparing the pattern. You can draw a pattern on a blank bond paper or you can cut out a pattern from a coloring book. For first timers, it will be better to work with simple shapes like flower, butterfly, mug, or sun.
  2. Cleaning. Using the window cleaner, clean the window glass to remove any dirt that might hinder the sticking on of the lead and paint. Some use rubbing alcohol to do this but glass cleaner will do just fine. Clean the frame also by sanding it. The goal of sand paper is to remove any lose paint on it. Wipe off the glass and frame with a clean rug to make sure no dirty debris will hinder your project’s beauty.
  3. Arranging. Put the paper with the stained glass pattern under the glass. To prevent any unneeded movement of the frame, you can tape the pattern on and nail or tape the frame. Now, you are ready to make a piece of art called faux stained glass.
  4. Outlining pattern. Using liquid lead, follow the outline of your pattern. Squeeze out lead carefully and deliberately. It should only be enough to form lines. Don’t rub the tip of the liquid lead, though. Simply release some lead out to make a line pattern on the glass. This will be your guide to painting the faux stained glass. You can repeat this process until you achieve the thickness you want from the lead. Let the lead dry before painting.
  5. Painting. Every section of the pattern needs to be filled with color. Paint them with stained glass paint and be careful not to put any paint on the lead. It will be difficult to remedy that mess. You can mix two or three colors to achieve a pastel effect in the case of a butterfly or flower. You can also combine these colors using a barbeque stick. Completely fill the glass with paint. This means that even the background should be painted with the color of your choice. To give that glass-like appeal, you can put the stain glass paint on like groups of dots. Tap the background paint on for more dramatic effect.

Now, say goodbye to glass cutting or using of those metals for outlining just to create a beautiful stained glass. With faux stained glass, you can always be a stained glass artist on your own rights.


Share this article!

Follow us!

Find more helpful articles: