This easy DIY faux stained glass window doubles as art and a privacy screen at the same time. I was getting tired of the wood blinds in our small living room and wanted to let in more light. However, the house next door is really close to ours and we both use the shared driveway on that side of the house. Therefore, I need privacy.
My design solution was to remove the blinds, add privacy film and hang a pair of faux stained glass windows to infuse some art, personality, and most importantly, more light. This decor project takes the DIY faux leaded glass window one step further by adding colorful paint.
Before we dive into the step by step directions on how to make a faux stained glass window, I want to tell you where I got my windowpanes for this project.
These are glass doors from a bookcase that I repurposed into my kitchen island. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this project. You could use a repurposed glass door (like I did), a large thrifted picture frame, or even a mirror.
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- Blank Windowpane or Piece of Glass
- Plain Paper
- Black Marking Pen
- Gallery Glass Instant Lead Lines
- Gallery Glass Paint Set
- Small Screw Eyes
- Small S Hooks
- Paint Brushes
- Box Cutter or Small Scissors
Clean the Glass
Clean the piece of glass. You will want to ensure that the instant leading is going to adhere well to your glass and keep flecks of dirt out of your paint on your faux stained glass window.
Cut A Template
Using plain paper, create a template the exact same size as your project glass. This is what you will draw the pattern on for your faux stained glass window.
Design & Draw Your Pattern
Design the pattern for your faux stained glass window and sketch it out using a pencil. You can see in the photo below that I did some erasing until I got it how I liked it. Once you are happy with your pattern, trace it out with a medium size black marker.
Attach the Template to the Glass
Tape the template on the backside of the project glass with the pattern facing forward. This will be your guide, for applying the instant leading.
Apply Instant Leading
The instant leading is basically a thin rubber sticker. It is very easy to cut, manipulate, and reposition as needed. Note, I have found that if you move it more than three times, it may loose some of its tackiness. Use a box cutter or small scissors to trim the instant leading as needed.
Add Leading Joints
After you have all of the lead lines in place on your faux stained glass window, use the liquid leading that comes in the paint set. Apply a generous dot of liquid leading at each lead line intersection. Allow the liquid leading to dry before moving onto the next step.
Paint from the Center Out
After the liquid leading is dry, begin painting your pattern working from the center of the project glass out to the edges so you don’t accidentally set your hand or paintbrush in wet paint.
Apply a Optional Second Layer
If after the first application of
Use Different Textures
Use different textures for different colors on your faux stained glass window to give it character and interest. This step is also going to make it feel like a real stained glass window. The paint takes some time to dry, so you can play around with different patterns as you apply it.
Texture Techniques Used
- Brushed – applied with a flat edged paint brush
- Dappled – applied in swirls the dappled with fingertip
- Stippled – applied with a flat edge paint brush then stippled with the to edge of the brush
Apply Hardware for Hanging
If you plan to hang your faux stained glass window attach small eye hook screws to the top of your project glass and from the
Once you have completed your first faux stained glass window, the process will more than likely have you hooked. You can transfer this technique to other decor projects such as vases, picture frames, glass doors. The possibilities are endless – how do you think you will use a faux stained