While stained glass is beautiful and unique, it’s not necessarily easy for the average person to make. That’s where Mod Podge comes in! With a little tinted Mod Podge and glass paint, you can turn a piece of regular glass into faux stained glass. I, Holly, was able to whip up this simple piece of art in less than 30 minutes, and there’s no reason you can’t follow this tutorial for larger, more involved pieces of art as well.
To truly achieve this DIY stained glass appearance, you’ll need glass paint with a low opacity so that you can still see through the glass once painted. You can either freehand simple designs to fill in with color, or you can stencil them by placing the glass over a print or pre-drawn piece of paper. Your faux stained glass artwork doesn’t have to stand alone, either! A design like this one can be placed inside of a frame, over a photo, for unique photo art.
How to Make Faux Stained Glass
Gather These Supplies
- Piece of glass – any size
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Black acrylic paint
- Glass paint, low opacity
- Squeeze bottle
- Disposable bowl/cup
Step 1: Combine about ½ cup of Mod Podge and several drops of black paint in the disposable bowl and mix well. Note, the amount you need will depend on the size of the surface you are drawing on. Move tinted Mod Podge to the squeeze bottle.
Step 2: Place the glass on a flat surface (over photo you want to stencil, if desired) and gently squeeze the bottle to draw an outline of a pattern. Go slow so that lines appear as even as possible.
Note, if needed, set the glass aside to dry in sections to avoid smudging as you draw. Simply cap the squeeze bottle so that it does not dry out.
Step 3: Once the outline of the design is complete, set aside to dry completely.
Step 4: You're going to want to test your glass paint on a piece of paper first. Mix it with a bit of Mod Podge to make it more transparent. Mix until you get your desired transparency level (keep testing on paper until you are happy with the results).
Use the glass paint and small brushes to fill in the desired areas with color and let dry. If one coat is not enough to achieve your desired color, paint a second coat.
The nice thing about the Mod Podge? The more you add to the glass paint – the more transparent it makes your design – and the more easily you'll be able to scrape it off of the glass if you change your mind! The design can be somewhat permanent, as long as it is not disturbed. However if you get tired of the design, you can soak it in water and remove it and make a new DIY stained glass design.
Display your DIY stained glass art, and be prepared to impress everyone you know because they’ll never guess you made it with Mod Podge!
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