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Make Faux Stained Glass with Mod Podge (Easy!)

You can whip up a piece of DIY art in less than 30 minutes using this simple faux stained glass technique! It’s so easy, even a kid can do it. Learn how to make it here.

Skills Required: None. You don’t need any prior crafting experience to make this project. That’s what makes it so fun!

Make Faux Stained Glass with Mod Podge (Easy!)

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.

DIY Stained Glass

I 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.

Easy Fake Stained Glass Supplies

Easy Fake Stained Glass

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Mix Mod Podge and acrylic paint

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.

You can whip up a piece of DIY art in less than 30 minutes using this simple faux stained glass technique! It's so easy, it's perfect for kids. Make your own patterns and try this technique on a window. Learn how to make it with glue and paint here!

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.

Stained glass window paint

Step 3: Once the outline of the design is complete, set aside to dry completely.

Making DIY stained glass with Mod Podge and acrylic paint

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 of your faux stained glass 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.

Make Faux Stained Glass with Mod Podge (Easy!)

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!

Make Faux Stained Glass with Mod Podge (Easy!)

Faux Stained Glass

Yield: 1 panel
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $3

Learn how to make DIY stained glass using this simple recipe of paint and Mod Podge! It's so easy, even a kid can do it.

Materials

  • Piece of glass - any size
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Glass paint, low opacity
  • Disposable bowl/cup

Tools

  • Squeeze bottle
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  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.
  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 the lines appear as even as possible.
  3. Once the outline of the design is complete, set aside to dry completely.
  4. 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).
  5. Use the glass paint and small brushes to fill in the desired areas of your faux stained glass with color and let dry. If one coat is not enough to achieve your desired color, paint a second coat.
  6. Let dry completely before displaying.

Notes

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.

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Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

So pretty. I would love to do a large one for my bathroom window to allow for more privacy but still let in sun light. Thanks for the idea!!

Amy

Monday 29th of January 2018

It would work perfectly for that! :D