Faux Stained Glass Windows

October 20, 2010

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.faux stained glass window

faux stained glass window
faux stained glass window
faux stained glass window

By DOROTHY from Arkadelphia, AR

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May 23, 2006

I have an inexpensive and easy tip on how to make faux stained glass windows using clear Contac paper.

A faux stained glass window


February 1, 2010

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


May 20, 2013

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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May 9, 2020

I live in a condo and cannot put anything on my windows. I can put it inside. I took a 9x12" piece of glass out of a frame and put a removable hologram window film on the glass. I want the rainbows to scatter across the room (the g-kids love it). I do not want a frame to take away from it. I figure if I try to drill a hole in top of each end the glass it will crack.


Somehow I need to know what to use to suspend the glass. I will end up gluing fishing line or something to each top end so suspend it from window ceiling inset. Glue or? I have not figured out if I need to put a strip of wood on top back only so ties would suspend to ceiling?


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It sounds to me like you want to use a glass from a window and make a suspended glass that hangs in a room from the ceiling that can turn around. The safest way to do this is to get some strips of lead for lead glass that is used when banking stained glass. it is a small lead stop that fits around the edges of the glass and you use a solider iron and some solider to solider the joints at the end so they do not come off. Now all you need to do is take two small pieced of the lead strips and bend them to make the hooks at the top of the frame and solider these in place.


This now is secure and will be able to be hung where ever you wish. It will not break and fall and the small pieces of lead around the frame or outside of the glass will look very nice. It is better to use this than it would be to use wood. If you want to drill holes in the glass you need a diamond drill bit to do this one with and some safety glasses and gloves.

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October 21, 2009

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.

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October 21, 20093 found this helpful

There's a window film in a stain glass pattern you can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot. It's made for blocking out harmful rays that cause early fading of carpets and furnishings. Also it is used to block out heat in the summer and cold in the winter.


It costs about $30.00 for a roll and it's not contact paper. You wet the glass with dish soap and apply the film. It's removable and won't harm the glass. Do a google search for window film and you'll see some of the patterns you can get.


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October 22, 20091 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.

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.

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, 20091 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.

July 21, 20141 found this helpful

Maybe this article will help you learn how to do it^.

January 17, 20190 found this helpful

Glad press n seal is much cheaper!

July 1, 20210 found this helpful

I did all of my Mothers Windows in her home for privacy instead of putting up bulky blinds or Curtain window treatments.We went to Home Depot and bought 7 rolls of Translucent Window Cling Contact Paper. They come in 2 sizes for different sized windows, a larger one and smaller size down and many patterns with an array of colors. They are easy to cut and place on Windows and I finished in @2 hours the whole house.You will need a few things to make it an easy install such as an exacto knife or box cutter,a plastic spatula or scraper to smooth out bubbles and bumps,a microfiber &/or cotton cloth,a Measuring tape or if you don't have one a ruler/yardstick will do (I used both, the yardstick to draw my lines in Contact paper and the measuring tape to take measurements), a Ballpoint pen/Fine tip Permanent Sharpie Marker (alcohol will take off lines from Contact paper if any mistakes are made or to remove any left over on paper after placing on window),scissors,painters &/or masking tape,Widow cleaner or Rubbing Alcohol to clean Window beforehand.


The Pattern my Mother chose was A floral Magnolia look and It made the Windows look like Stained Glass and when the sunlight hits them the room has a beautiful amber hues of color. The other choices of designs are great too!!

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August 3, 2009

How do I make faux stained glass window?

By Michelle from PA


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August 4, 20091 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.

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.

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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April 27, 2015

How do you make faux stained glass with mod podge and food coloring?


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November 17, 20170 found this helpful

Thrifty Fun has an article using stained glass paint. You might want to try that since it came out so good.

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December 7, 2013

What type of glue did you use for the marbles on the windows?
Also, did you prepare the glass with anything before adhering the marbles?

By MaChar K


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May 17, 20170 found this helpful

I would use E6000. U can find it almost anywhere, it is cheap and pretty much sticks anything to anything

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November 10, 2012

I am looking for a design to hang outside in my garden that will withstand the elements. Thank you.

By Robin

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