How to Make a Marble Mosaic on an Old Window Frame!

I love stain glass, but it can also be very expensive! Here's my version of budget friendly one!
I got a bunch of old window frames from the restore for $5.00 dollars. I love them so much because of all the possibilities! This one I painted green with chalk paint.
Next I gathered my supply of glass marbles, river stones,& gule. I then took a marker & drew out my trees, rock wall grass & sun. This is going outside in my garden so I used a strong glue, LOCTITE GO2 GEL & glued right onto the glass panes. The glue dries clear so when it's hung both sides are pretty!
I did the rock wall, trees, grass, sun & small batch of pink flowers 1st. then filled in my sky. This isn't hard, just a little time-consuming!
Here I'm starting to fill it all in, I had to stop ever now & then to un-stick my finger!!!
And here it is! This is going outside in my garden, it looks beautiful with the sun shining thru! My husband is making me two rustic shutters to attach to the sides. thinking about doing a lake & cabin scene next! What do ya think?

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25 questions
  • Joyceab
    on Nov 14, 2015

    what kind of material is the marbles & rocks glued to

    • Sherre M
      Sherre M
      on Nov 21, 2015

      @Joyceab Hi Joy, it's glued to the glass window panes.

  • Ech3097257
    on Dec 9, 2015

    Kind of glue??? Pls.

    • BeckyA
      on Apr 15, 2016

      I use Weldbond it goes on white but dries clear. I have also used Lexel.. Make sure your glass is super clean I use alcohol. If the glass is loose I will run a bead of Lexel around the edge.

    • Kathy Haines Cramer
      Kathy Haines Cramer
      on Jun 24, 2016

      She told t old is the glue she used in her directions.

  • K bain
    K bain
    on Jan 3, 2016

    Wow What a beautiful design what does the other side look like

    • Sherre M
      Sherre M
      on Jan 4, 2016

      Hi K Bain, it's glass so it exactly like the front, only in reverse.

  • Dot D Collett
    Dot D Collett
    on Jan 6, 2016

    It is beautiful? Did you use the side of the window where the glass is calked in? Leaving the side of the window that is normally inside exposed to rain? Calking to make sure water is shed off the window would be a good idea.

    • Sherre M
      Sherre M
      on Jan 19, 2016

      Hi Dot, I recalked both sides so glass wouldn't fall out in case of rot. I also bring them in for the winter.

  • Darlene M
    Darlene M
    on Jun 24, 2016

    I have an old front door and the top half is a large pane of glass - I've been looking for ideas that would create privacy, but let in sun. Do you think this would work?

  • Kyra
    on Jun 24, 2016

    I did not think that chalk paint could be used for outside (rain, etc). Is there a new chalk paint that will withstand these elements. Thanks

  • Lucy
    on Jun 24, 2016

    I can't tell from looking at the window, which side of the window did you glue the marbles? The outside or inside? The outside with the wood trim? Could I use a metal window frame instead?

  • Donna
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Probably a silly question, but you put the glue on the flat side of the marbles, right? Also, did you draw on the opposite side that you glued on so you could take it off later?

  • Susi Ly
    Susi Ly
    on Jun 25, 2016

    Where do you place your finished window? Do you hang it somewhere or just stand it on the ground? I assume it is quite heav

  • Susi Ly
    Susi Ly
    on Jun 25, 2016

    where do you place your finished window? Do you hang it up or just stand it? I assume it is quite heavy...

  • Laura Gaber
    Laura Gaber
    on Jul 5, 2016

    Did the glue hold up? I did this with a window frame a few years ago using different types of glass globs/wiggles/etc. After a couple years all the gems fell off the glass. I also used cut stained glass and these also fell off. I have been replacing the panels with stained glass- but wanted to know if your glue held up.

  • Sta7842973
    on Aug 3, 2016

    what about the weight of these pieces? I wonder sometimes if the glass and frame can take it.

  • Kay
    on Sep 30, 2016

    Stained glass hanging broke in wind. So with the empty ¼ inch thin metal frame, can i glue a sheet of metal to the empty frame and then glue on the glass marbles as you did?? I also heard of a pofessionally used by artists double sided tape, on AMazon! Might that work?

  • Lori
    on Apr 17, 2017

    What did you use for the sun and the bush(?)?
  • Pat Scuteri
    Pat Scuteri
    on Jul 14, 2017

    HOw do you hang something so heavy on a wall?
  • Ene31820998
    on Nov 21, 2017

    Beautiful project!! I'm wondering if the window can handle the weight of all the pebbles and glass??

  • Jacqueline
    on Feb 12, 2018

    I love this idea. Do you think I could do this but use an epoxy resin instead of glue? JDF
  • Ursula
    on Feb 13, 2018

    Do you have any photos of the light coming through from the back? I'm thinking, I have some small leadlight windows that actually need serious repairing, I could replace the leadlight with a single pane of glass and do this project on them. How much light passing through is lost? You've inspired me.
  • Tracie Bates
    Tracie Bates
    on Feb 15, 2018

    Did you break up the glass for the sun and the "bush" in the lower left corner?

    Great project!!!
    • Sharonsgarden
      on Jan 6, 2019

      This is not my project, but it appears that the glass is small pieces. You can often find crushed glass that would work for this or make your own. Jewelry places usually carry this and it has been tumbled to remove sharp edges.

    • Dana
      on May 5, 2019

      Sun is smashed yellow flat marbles.

      Bush is green sand.

  • Suzan Raja
    Suzan Raja
    on Apr 10, 2018

    Did u paste them on glass or hard board

    • Sharonsgarden
      on Jan 6, 2019

      This would be on glass to let the sun shine through. If your window does not have glass, you can get new ones cut, although for strength and safety, acrylic ones would be best. I believe most hardware stores have this.

    • Kap
      on Apr 6, 2020


  • Sandye real
    Sandye real
    on May 12, 2018

    I absolutely love this but can’t tell what you did with the bush and the sun is it just ground glass?

  • Rebecca Gray Ash
    Rebecca Gray Ash
    on Sep 22, 2019

    should the mosaic be on front facing side of glass, or can it be on backside, i am hanging mine over fireplace

  • Vienna Sausage
    Vienna Sausage
    on Apr 15, 2020

    So I have seen a unanswered question regarding the weight of the glass flat back stones as they were too heavy and her project broke. How did you avoid having the same outcome? I would like to make this but I'm not going to waste my time money and materials if it's just going to be too heavy and break.

    • Lady Blue
      Lady Blue
      on Oct 31, 2020

      I made a series of these for my she-shed early last year. They were installed into the walls in the summer. One of my windows is very similar to the one shown. I used all glass pebbles that have the flat back, E6000 glue, allowed to dry for a few days before they were inserted into the walls of the she-shed. I used vintage/antique barn windows for mine. No issues thru the breakage, not too heavy. Not sure why they broke on the other project. I'd do this again, as long as I had the E6000....worked well for me!

  • Andrea Bayard
    Andrea Bayard
    on Aug 30, 2020

    I am also doing a window project but have a question. I bought some glass pebbles but they have a ceramic like back to them. Of course I need this to come off. any ideas how I can remove it????

  • Teresa Anthony
    Teresa Anthony
    on Dec 28, 2020

    I have a large window from my son's house, I went to a glass supplier, he said the glass I had was way to weak. So I purchased a reinforced glass, hold's any weight you add to it. by the way he absolutely loved your art work. He gave me a demonstration, for glass weight. I didn't mind the $90.00 I had to pay for the installation. I'm going to enjoy working on this project. Thank You so much, just inquire with you glass supplier, it's worth it when he showed me how weak the glass I had. would love to see your project with the shutters, did you attach the shutters or kept them separately.

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  • Ko
    on Jan 14, 2019

    I used marbles and it was to heavy for the glass and it broke.

    • Lady Blue
      Lady Blue
      on Oct 31, 2020

      I replied to you, but do not see my response. Posted a pic of 3 windows I made too using E6000, flat backed glass pebbles, vintage/antique barn windows. Not sure where my post went....hope this one posts!

  • Jan Thomas
    Jan Thomas
    on May 24, 2019

    If the glass marbles, flat backed, are too heavy try using buttons

    • Vienna Sausage
      Vienna Sausage
      on Apr 15, 2020

      Buttons then turns this into a completely different project. Because the stained-glass aspect of it is gone when you switch to opaque materials. Not trying to discredit your idea.

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