The following is a post from contributing writer Lana (like banana).
This is one of those crafts that I couldn’t wait to share! I love stained glass and the joy that it brings to windows. My 8-year-old daughter actually helped me make this cardinal which made it even more special. Plus, it was super inexpensive. I didn’t have to buy anything to make it and it was so much fun!
Faux Stained Glass
Originally inspired by this Peacock.
- 8 x 10 inch Frame with Glass
- Permanent marker
- Acrylic Paints (Colors of your choice plus black.)
- 2 bottles of White Glue that dries clear (One for black outline and one for other colors.)
- Paint brushes
- Paper Towels
- Paper Plates
- Coloring Sheet or Stain Glass Template (I found tons of these for free by just Googling.)
- Take the glass out of the frame.
- Lay the template under the glass.
- Trace the outline with a permanent marker.
- Add a few drops of black paint to a bottle of glue. It only takes a few drops. Shake the bottle until the glue is mixed well.
- Gently outline the traced permanent marker with the glue paint mixture. Use a toothpick to correct any mess-ups.
- Wait overnight or a few hours until the paint is completely dry and hardened.
- Prepare your palette of paints for your project. Pour a little mound of glue and add one drop of paint. Mix with a Q-tip or toothpick.
- Apply your paints with a Q-tip. (You can use a paintbrush, but I found a Q-tip worked better and had less streaks.)
- Correct any errors with a toothpick.
- Enjoy your beautiful project. Let me know if you do this – I’d love to see it!
- I didn’t have any black paint. So I used blue, green, purple and red. After it dried it was dark black.
- I also didn’t have any orange so I mixed red and yellow.
- Look for cheap frames at the Goodwill store or at garage sales.
- A little paint goes a long way. Use sparingly.
- If you mess up, all the paint will come off with a little elbow grease.
More fun DIY projects:
- How to Make an Easel
- How to Make Beeswax Candles
- How to Make a Personalized Doormat
- How to Make a Cardboard Chalkboard
- DIY Stenciled Marble Coasters
- How to Make a Glass Tiled Serving Tray