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Creating Faux Stained Glass With Acrylic Paint and Glue!

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Create beautiful faux stained glass the simple way! I love this method of mixing paint and glue to create something unique. This easy stained glass project is even more fun with a good pattern.
Difficulty: Medium


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One of my specialties is creating unique patterns like the Majestic Peacock Pattern used in this tutorial. Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of this post for list of supplies and free pattern!
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
Start with a thrift store framed picture. Remove the picture and frame. You will be working with the glass. Draw out your pattern in the same size as your sheet of glass.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
Spray the glass with clear acrylic spray. This is important as it gives the paint and glue something to adhere to. Place the glass over top of your pattern.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
Take the bottle of white glue and dump just a small bit out so that there is room to add color to it. Add about a teaspoon of black acrylic paint and stir it with a wooden dowel. Add enough black paint to make a solid color. You will be surprised, but it doesn’t take a ton of paint to change your white glue to black. Then put the glue nozzle back on. The glue is now ready for the next step.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
Carefully squeeze the glue onto the glass, following the lines of your pattern. Try not to have shaky hand syndrome like I do, but even if you do, it can be fixed.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
Once all of the lines have been drawn in, allow it to sit overnight to dry completely. Once it is dry, you can go over it with a craft blade and correct any shaky lines or errors.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
For the next step, use a small muffin tin to mix up your colors. Use about a tablespoon of clear glue to one or two drops of acrylic paint. You will be surprised at how easy it is to add pigment to clear glue.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
Use a blunt paintbrush and add your colors where you want them. Put it on thickly and be sure to get your colored glue all the way up to the edges of the black lines. Take your time and if you see any air bubbles in the glue, use a toothpick to pop them.
  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
For a variegated marbled look, add a color to each side of a section and push them together with your brush, mixing them in the middle. Allow the entire project to dry overnight.


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  • creating faux stained glass with acrylic paint and glue, crafts, painting
The final step is to do some touch-up with the sharpie pen on the leading where paint may be overlapped. Finish it with a coat of clear acrylic spray sealant in order to protect it. Beautiful sitting in your windowsill or hanging on the wall!
See the link at the bottom of this post for the full project details and free pattern. OR....
Want the full kit? Kit includes:
Pattern - 16 x 20
One bottle white glue
One bottle clear glue
Acrylic paints- dark blue, light blue, purple, teal, green, light green
Paintbrush
Sharpie pen
Full instructions
All you have to supply is the Clear Acrylic Sealer, picture frame and glass! Follow this link for the kit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuzysSitcomStore

To see more: http://suzyssitcom.com/2011/01/feature-friday-faux-stained-glass.html

  • Michele Morrison
    Michele Morrison Whitmore Lake, MI

    I absolutely love the idea of using a muffin pan to hold your paint. I was just about to throw an old one away; glad I didn't!

  • PJWise123
    PJWise123 Richland, MI

    I love faux stained glass. Glue and acrylic paints are so much more affordable than glass paints...plus the product will be much fresher than shelf product. Thank you for bringing this idea back.

  • Connie
    Connie Thousand Oaks, CA

    For an authentic look, use existing stained glass patterns. That way the shapes will be those that can be achieved using glass. Also, grey lead lines would be more authentic looking than black since stained glass is made with lead, or copper foil

  • Susan Willoughby
    Susan Willoughby Winder, GA

    Are the clear acrylic you spray at beginning of project and the spray acrylic sealer that you finish with the same thing?

  • Becky Nowak
    Becky Nowak Culleoka, TN

    I love faux stained glass. I have made several of these Peacocks in different sizes. :)

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