Monday, June 18, 2012

Tutorial: Fast and Super Simple Stained Glass!


It is officially time to welcome the summer sunshine! And time to give the little ones and yourself something to fill up a summer afternoon (when does school start again?) This project can be made super simple for little ones or as complex as you can imagine!

I first saw this amazing project over at Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom and just had to try it too! Head on over and check out her great site while you are waiting for your masterpiece to dry!

We need:

Glass picture frame
White Glue
Clear Glue
Acrylic paint – black and whatever others you like
Toothpicks or paintbrush
Image – draw it yourself or use a coloring book page from online!

To start off, disassemble your picture frame and layer your image under your glass. See? Starts off nice and simple!

Now to make the black glue for your lines! Open up your glue and squirt in some of your black acrylic paint. Just a little bit will be enough, I promise! Shake it up and marvel at why you never did this before.

Go ahead and draw several lines of glue on a scrap (the frame wrapper for me. . . ) This will get the glue coming out black and steady your hand.

Now go forth and trace! Since my image was pretty detailed, I am not doing every line. Just do what feels right to you.

Once you are finished let your glue dry overnight. (If you are really excited at least give it a few hours.)

After your lines are all dry time to give it some color! Mix a small amount of clear glue with a tiny bit of paint. Use a paintbrush or a toothpick to fill in your outline! To add more contrast you can mix white glue and paint for some areas to give it an opaque/transparent vibe.

Once again, let your creation dry. After it is all set up you can use the sharpie to cover up any areas where you went a bit outside the lines ; )

Now hang it up in a window (put it back in the frame but leave the cardboard out) or hang it on your wall or sit it on your shelf. . .

Give it a try and get creative!


  1. This is so clever and came out great! I used to have a faux stained glass obsession but the supplies were too expensive. This gives me the perfect and cheap alternative! Thanks for posting.

    1. I am so happy to hear you might give it a try! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. What a fun project! That Suzy always has the best ideas. Thanks for sharing your version at Etcetorize this week!

  3. What a fun idea! We're going to have to try that one of these lazy Summer afternoons.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for following! Let me know how they work out for yall!

  4. that is really nice! with excellent instructions and pictures....some people are just so good at both being creative and teaching! blessings.


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