Kara S.
Kara S.
  • Hometalk Team
  • Houston, TX

Turn An Old Window Into Wall Art

5 Materials
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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  • Karen Opyd
    on Aug 5, 2019

    Can you paint it on a regular window? Does it last

  • Roy Roy Andi
    on Oct 6, 2019

    How do the 'lead lines' go through the trace paper? Do you cut the paper? Thanks

    • Mary
      on Oct 6, 2019

      Paper designs go on the bottom of glass...you paint on top of glass, following the lines you see thru the glass!

  • Kellie Collins
    on Nov 5, 2019

    i love this idea and i love your window! so pretty! i have a window, too, with i think 6 small square glass panes. do you think there is a way i could use my own photographs, rather than a google-searched picture?

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