Turn An Old Window Into Wall Art

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2 Hours

I always loved the way the windows looked in my church, the intricate stained glass that was breathtaking when the sun shown through. I have an antique window hanging in my apartment as wall art and I was inspired to turn it into a custom stained glass piece!

I started with my window. I cleaned the glass well and chose which side I wanted to paint on. One side of the window is white and the other is natural wood. Whichever side you choose to show, paint on the opposite.

I chose to do a floral pattern on my window. I printed out a few outlines off the computer for me to trace. These are so easy to find if you just google whatever you want to trace and the words "outline" or "coloring page" behind them.

After I taped the papers on the window, I mixed my "led lines". In traditional stained glass, these are the thick black lines that outline the graphics. They are normally made from lead, which is black. I mixed about a table spoon of black acrylic paint into my Elmer's white school glue bottle. I used a skewer and mixed it well to disperse the paint.

I then began to trace. This takes awhile so make sure you're in a comfy spot. (;

Once you're doing tracing everything, remove the printouts and you're left with your basic outlines!

Next, you'll mix up your colors! I used Elmer's clear school glue, acrylic paint and a cupcake tin. This was the easiest way to keep the paints from mixing. I used about 2 tablespoons of clear glue to 1 teaspoon of paint. Be sure to mix this well.

And let the painting begin! This was so relaxing just like coloring.

After, you're left with this one of a kind work of art! It was so rewarding for me to finish this and turn it over to reveal my beautiful stained glass! I'm not displaying mine in front of a window because I love in an apartment and they are floor to ceiling, but I LOVE the way it pops on my white wall! The best part is, you don't have to be an artist!

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  • Margo Dierdorff
    on Mar 28, 2020

    To me... this is a perfect quarantine project!!!! I LOVE stained glass. Invested in multiple lamps. thinking this method could maybe be applied to other clear surfaces? I'd think as long as the surface is rather flat, and more glue go thicken up the colors, it's worth a try!!!!!

    • Linda McConnell
      on Apr 18, 2020

      Yes, great quarantine project for pre-teens and teens to freshen up their room, they could make theirs what ever picture they wanted.

      Very Cool!

  • Jessi Toni Metts
    on Mar 31, 2020

    Tried this but the elmers blue, after tinting with the black was much too thin and didn’t stand up like “leaded lines” at all.


  • MiMi
    Just now

    HELP?? I’ve seen this done with food coloring too. I painted a bottle and used food coloring gel, colors were beautifully vibrant! After it dried, I sealed it with spray clear coat. It was placed on a covered porch sometimes, not always,,, and within cpl months,, it looked awful 😰💔 Didn’t look like stained glass at all,, colors faded & looked “melted & mixed” & “gummy”

    ANYONE have any ideas why? I can’t see why using the gel would matter,, but,,

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  • Donna Powell
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Beautiful project. I didn't know about using Elmer's Glue to make this but it is such a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Tihema
    on May 1, 2020

    Loved it will definitely do the job.

    Feeling inspired

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