How can I create a great looking window above our church entry door?

We have a window above our church entry door where the outside of it was covered with wood for the out walkway support. Now no light comes through it anymore and you see the nasty dirty back of wood. I would like some suggestions on how I can create something on the glass to make it look beautiful above the door. In the picture you can see where I tried some color paper, but just couldn't get them to work with the frame or stay in place. Plus just don't know what colors to use! Help!
q how can i create a great looking window above our church entry door
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  • Perfect place for some stained glass. But that is an expensive piece to commission. I would paint to look like stained glass. Go with blues, greens and earth tones. Flip through adult coloring books for a pattern that would be pretty and enlarge on a photo copier to to use as a guide to paint.
  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Aug 22, 2017
    Hi Delores, Based on what you said there IS glass in the window. Why not use glas gems to create a beautiful mural of some sort. You could plan it out on paper first using 1/4" scale squares to equal one glass gem, for instance, against the measurements of what you have to work with in the window. Here aer some suggestions so you know what I am talking about, and then you could think up one for yourself or find one online or just use one of the ones you see in my suggestions. The back of the wood would be hidden and if there is any way to string some lighting along the top of it then the colcored glass stones would be illuminated to be seen insdie the church.
    • Delores Chesney Delores Chesney on Aug 22, 2017
      I love these!!! Since the window is above the 7' door it requires me to work from a ladder and not sure how well my arms would hold up adding the small gems to such a large window; however I maybe able to create something with the gems on some type of flat surface and then glue the flat surface to the glass. I love the suggestion of putting some type of lighting inside above the gems!!!
  • Dot17935693 Dot17935693 on Aug 22, 2017
    Purchase black letters + numbers that have glue on the back and spell out the verse in John 3:16.
    • Delores Chesney Delores Chesney on Aug 22, 2017
      I thought about doing some verse or maybe a key word like "Redeemed" or "Jesus", just not sure where on this window pattern, but I will see if I can get something to work. Thank you!
  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Aug 22, 2017
    Hello Delores! The link I am providing shows a bottle being colored with food coloring. The effect is beautuful and allows the light to shine through. You could use this same method on your window. If you don't want to mix your own colors, paint for glass can also be used. Check it out!

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    • Kelly Roxanne Logsdon Kelly Roxanne Logsdon on Aug 29, 2017
      Food coloring will sun fade very quickly. Try using some sort of paint, thinned, to color the glass a layer at a time to get the desired effect. You might also try cutting pieces of clear contact paper to fit each window piece, decorate the individual sections with what ever you chose and adhere them to the windows with the sticky back. Cut your pieces of contact paper and set them aside, and use the rest of the roll to experiment until something works for you?
  • Barb Barb on Aug 22, 2017
    Make a template from paper of the shape of the window then trace that shape onto cardboard, that add fabric your your choic and tack it in.
  • Kate Kate on Aug 22, 2017
    how about some rice paper? Paint it or poke holes in it in a pattern for light to show through? Press flowers or colored paper between sheets of wax paper, iron to seal, use clear epoxy or rubber cement to have it cling to existing glass.
    • Delores Chesney Delores Chesney on Aug 22, 2017
      This maybe a perfect way create something on some type of flat surface and then epoxy or rubber cement to the glass. Thank you!
  • KatAych KatAych on Aug 22, 2017
    Trace the window shape, cut out a piece of plywood to match, use paint in epoxy to dribble on and make a beautiful sort of marbled look! You can add some glitter and/or glitter paint for sparkle if preferred. Also, could they use plexi instead of that piece of wood on the outside? Would still provide support but would let the light in; just a thought.
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    • KatAych KatAych on Aug 22, 2017
      There's also Gallery Glass paint that you can use to create a stained-glass effect. They sell it at Michael's. Good luck and show us the finished product, whatever you decide!
  • Emily Emily on Aug 22, 2017
    Can't you remove the wood that is on the outside of the glass? Is this an actual church? If so is there a committee which would have to decide? With no light shining through, nothing you do will look pretty. Isn't it possible to still have a wooden "frame" that would leave the glass open to light? Maybe if you took a picture from the outside, it would be easier to understand what could be done.
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    • Ann Ann on Aug 28, 2017
      Emily, you did not read her post. The outside of the window is covered by wood which supports a portico.
  • Emily Emily on Aug 23, 2017
    you are more than welcome Delores. Your idea of the light above the design is good for more light inside the church but it won't enhance the design of the window itself. Maybe the best thing to do would be to insert white paper between the window and the wooden back. Simple is always better. Good luck!
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Aug 23, 2017
      I was going to say the same thing, or paint the wood white, in order to showcase the "stained" glass.
  • Delores Chesney Delores Chesney on Aug 23, 2017
    Thanks to all the wonderful suggestions I have somethings I can use for this window design! When I finish it, I will post it for everyone to see. Thanks again to each of those who shared with me!! God bless you all!
  • Nancy Clark Jowers Nancy Clark Jowers on Aug 23, 2017
    Find a beautiful photo, enlarge it section it to place in the divisions, with lighting behind.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Aug 24, 2017
    Since there is a recess, I would try to pull it forward, and make it removable. That way you can put LED strips behind it.
    Maybe some of these businesses in your area can help you.
  • Christierei Christierei on Aug 24, 2017
    Keep it simple. Buy some window film used for privacy. They sell it at craft stores, home depot. It is totally removeable. I would pick a frosted white, but they have colors too. You could apply it to either side of the glass. i.e. from the inside of the chapel. Vinyl lettering might even stick to these for a saying. Putting some sort of a light behind it would be very pretty. I just don't know about the electrical.
  • Dvm12462881 Dvm12462881 on Aug 27, 2017
    I have seen stained glass window film at Home Depot and craft stores. It comes in all different sizes and can be cut to fit. Backlights would make it show up really well. There are also sites on line that sell window film in all sizes and designs.
  • Nancy Breese Nancy Breese on Aug 27, 2017
    I found this project, DIY lace privacy window covering, on Pinterst. It appears to be a simple and inexpensive project. I love the look. The following is the link to the project:
    I hope that you like it.
  • Barbara Barbara on Aug 27, 2017
    Stained glass would be perfect, beautiful, expensive and would not look tacky. My husband does some now and then.

  • Pam Chandler Pam Chandler on Aug 28, 2017
    Hi Delores. You could use Elmer's Glue with black paint to make lead lines. Fill in with your choice ( paint, nail polish or use different coloured basket wrap) and create your own stained glass.

  • 18660935 18660935 on Aug 28, 2017
    You could paint the "outside" of the glass in WHITE or SKY BLUE to block out that wood, then do painted stained glass or whatever on the inside, if you want. Just blocking that out would make it look better. You could also add string lights outside and the glow would show inside. If you don't want a flat paint, you can also put paint in Elmer's glue (as Pam said) and dot it on the glass with a brush or your fingers to give it texture and look more like old glass - in one color or several.
  • Max17462596 Max17462596 on Aug 28, 2017
    There are several patterns that I found in Home Depot, when I needed a privacy on a pocket door, and I think it could fill your space easily. It peels and sticks, so if you decide to change patterns, or want a change of "scenery" it would be helpful.

  • Barbara McKenzie Barbara McKenzie on Aug 28, 2017
    Please share with us what you ended up doing!
  • Rmf24412612 Rmf24412612 on Aug 28, 2017
    Hello Your church's over the door.. window is nice with half sun shaped in the bottom middle of the window...and another half trim over the half sun....rainbow colors would be nice..pale colors by the sun then deeper colors over the pale color.....paint all the trim gold like sunbeams. I saw the light on the inside your church ceiling....leave that light on.....anybody ..outside..could see your beautiful window when they come to your church.
  • Bridget Bishop Bridget Bishop on Aug 29, 2017
    You could use Glass Stain by DecoArt or something similar.

  • Gra12437428 Gra12437428 on Aug 29, 2017
    I can't wait to see what you did to the window!
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