Faux Stained Glass Windows

You can easily create beautiful stained glass looking windows using recycled windows and adding paint or other embellishments. This is a guide about faux stained glass windows.

May 23, 2006 Flag
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I have an inexpensive and easy tip on how to make faux stained glass windows (or anything glass) using clear Contac paper and any craft store paint for $1.00 or less a bottle. This project is only practical on small windows such as are in your front door or small bathroom windows. Best of all, you can remove it very easily if you don't like the results.


I also put a coat of preservative on it when I was finished painting, also inexpensive.


  1. Measure the exact size you need on the back of the Contac paper. It's already marked off in inches so it's very easy. Then cut it out.
  2. Using a regular #2 pencil I drew the outline directly onto the front of the Contac paper. I then filled it in with the desired colors. It took two coats. I used the regular water based craft paint sold in craft stores and Walmart. It's less than a dollar a bottle and when on sale a lot cheaper.
  3. After the paint was dry, I outlined the entire pattern with a black ink Sharpie pen.
  4. I then removed the backing from the Contac, using a paper towel dunked in wet, soapy water I applied that to the Contac before positioning it on the window. The soapy water is to give you a little extra time to move it around before it adheres, making it easier to get it on straight. When that was dry and had been on a couple days I then applied the water based varnish or preservative (sold along with the paint), which will make it easier to wipe off to clean.

I used the flash on the camera which threw a glare on the photo. It actually looks like the bottom part of the picture.

By June from Erie, PA

May 30, 20060 found this helpful

Oh, June, this is beautiful! What a smart lady

you are...an incredible project to try. Thank you!

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Anonymous Flag
October 5, 20060 found this helpful

this is so great i am going to give it a try!! thanks for sharing!! Dar in Texas

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October 23, 20060 found this helpful

All the "would like to try this" makes me a little crazy. Who actually did this? I would like to know before I deck out about 20 bucks for supplies.

Editor's Note: The original poster actually did this.

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

Absolutely love it. Great detailed instructions with very helpful tips. Thank you for posting this!

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February 27, 20120 found this helpful

October 20, 2010 Flag
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This is a new use for old windows. They took about 2 days to make. Paint the window frames and let dry. Be creative and paint the glass with stained glass paint. Once dry, glue the marbles to the glass then let the glue dry.

By Dorothy from Arkadelphia, AR

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October 21, 20100 found this helpful

This is a very cool project idea, you clearly had great fun designing these windows. They look so effective!

Thanks for sharing this, Dorothy.

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March 12, 20120 found this helpful

I love this and am going to do it on my front window. I hate the "lookie lous" who walk by but want my cat to have a "peek hole" so I think I will get some picture frames and do this. Very cool, thanks!

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April 15, 20150 found this helpful

I love this idea it is just what I am looking for, what kind if paint did you use to make sure it is weatherproof. Also wondering what adhesive you used on the marbles?

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Anonymous Flag
November 3, 20150 found this helpful

My stained glass paint was not waterproof. Does anyone know where i can find stained glass paint that can withstand the outdoor elements?

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February 1, 2010 Flag
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We used to live in a century old church in southern Alberta. One summer I taught a 6 year old girl in the community how to draw, then I took her drawing and put it on one of the windows with gallery glass.

Colored "Stained Glass" Window

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May 20, 2013 Flag
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After moving into a 150 year old farm house, I wanted to enhance the beauty of the entry door but didn't want to disturb the old leaded glass window panes. I went to the Dollar Tree and purchased cellophane wrapping paper.

Stained Glass Effect Using Cellophane

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October 21, 2009 Flag
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How might I cover some clear glass in the doors of a hutch that I use for storage in my bedroom? I would like to find some con-tac-like see-through material that I can adhere to the backside, so it looks like stained or etched glass. I don't want to have to remove the glass to apply it.

By Carolyn

October 22, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know where you get it, probably at a craft store, but there is see through plastic that just sticks to the glass, and can be peeled off. No adhesive involved.

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks. This info is just what I needed. Checked out a couple of websites - the patterns are just bee-yoo-ti-ful.

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October 24, 20090 found this helpful

I have a china closet in my spare bedroom where I store towels, bath mats, shower curtains etc. I tacked a piece of heavy lace to the back of the glass. It looks gorgeous! The hutch is an antique style.

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October 26, 20090 found this helpful

Try this for a different look. Use small or large bubble wrap that is using for packing. Cut it to fit the inside glass and spray a bit of water on the glass, wipe any of the wood for overspray.

It isn't permanent and can be removed easily. I have used this on my front door and back door windows for privacy. It allows light in but provides privacy. I have had it on my windows for well over a year and it still is sticking. You could also thumb tack it in on the corners if need be.

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July 21, 20140 found this helpful

August 3, 2009 Flag
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How do I make faux stained glass window?

By mb6197 from PA

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August 4, 20090 found this helpful

Craft stores carry"liquid lead"and "glass paint". They both are in squeeze bottles. Hope you try it and it's not very hard at all. I did a small practice piece first. Enjoy.

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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

Besides the gallery glass you can use clear or white caulking with the liquid led, put a little on the clean glass and depending on how you spread it you can make different patterns on the glass.

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August 18, 20090 found this helpful

HI, It's been a while but I think you can use liquid lead, or solder. Form the solder into simple shapes and then fill in with Elmer's school glue colored with food coloring. Simple and cheap. Make sure you are working on aluminum foil or something the glue won't stick to. Allow plenty of time to dry before trying to remove.

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