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Mod Podge Tissue Paper Stained Glass (So Easy!)

Create a faux stained glass look with Mod Podge tissue paper stained glass. This is one of the easiest decoupage projects you’ll ever do.

Skills Required: Beginner. Tissue paper can wrinkle (though it’s part of the character!) so it helps to have some experience with Mod Podge.

mod podge tissue paper on glass

I get asked quite frequently how to Mod Podge tissue paper without wrinkles. Honestly, I feel that for most people (including myself) it’s pretty difficult. Especially when the tissue paper is in large sheets!

how to use mod podge on glass with tissue paper

Tissue Paper on Glass

But there IS a way to Mod Podge tissue paper on glass to get a faux stained glass effect WITHOUT wrinkles! You’re going to cut that tissue paper down from big sheets into shapes. Let me show you what I did.

At one point in my life I got ahold of some cool glass jars with fitted lids:

Two glass candy jars

I liked them but not plain – I wanted to spice them up a bit. So what is a Mod Podger to do? Well, of course, decoupage them with tissue paper.

I love tissue paper on glass because with the light, it gives a bit of a faux stained glass look. As you can see from my first pictures. So how did I do it?

Sizzix cutting machine, tissue paper, and circle die

All I used was tissue paper, a Sizzix machine with a circle die and Mod Podge Gloss. If you don’t have a Sizzix, you can use a circle template or a punch.

I find that I can only use a punch with tissue paper if I punch multiple pieces of paper at a time AND include a piece of regular paper. Otherwise the tissue paper just kind of folds into the punch. Keep that in mind!

Cut tissue paper circle on the Sizzix

The Sizzix is nice just because it cuts out a lot of tissue paper at once. In various sizes.

Adding purple circles to the glass jar with Mod Podge

Once you have the circles, Mod Podge them down (very carefully so they don’t tear).

Painting Mod Podge onto the tissue paper on the glass jar

Layering circles of different colors of tissue paper gives them a cool effect.

Mod Podge over the top of tissue paper with a bottle of Mod Podge sitting next to it

Once you are done layering, apply a final coat and let both containers dry.

tissue paper stained glass effect with mod podge

The Mod Podge tissue paper on glass creates a beautiful effect when the light shines through!

mod podge tissue paper on glass

These updated containers are so colorful, and you can make them with any shades of paper and shapes that you like. I’m partial to the blue . . .

Yield: 2 jars

Tissue Paper Stained Glass

mod podge tissue paper on glass

Learn how to apply tissue paper to glass with Mod Podge - for the coolest stained glass effect! It's really easy.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Tissue paper
  • Glass jar
  • Mod Podge Gloss


  • Sizzix machine and circle die or circle template
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors or craft knife


  1. Wash your glass with mild soap and water or rubbing alcohol; let dry.
  2. Cut circles of various sizes from the tissue paper using either a die cutter or a template. Cut out enough to cover the jar(s).
  3. Place a thin layer of Mod Podge down on the jar in a small area. Place one circle down on the top and smooth lightly with your brush. Don't overbrush or you'll tear the circle.
  4. Repeat with additional circles, overlapping as you go. Wipe away excess Mod Podge when necessary.
  5. Once the entire jar is finished, let dry. Then apply two coats of Mod Podge over the top of the jar, letting dry between each.
  6. Trim the edges of the jar with a craft knife before using.

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Thursday 10th of February 2022

Having a week~end with my grandaughter. This should be a great craft to try with her. Thanks, Amy.


Tuesday 18th of September 2012

I love these! We did these with our daisy girl scout troop to learn about recycling and reusing items. They all brought a jar from home and saved tissue paper left over from Christmas.


Thursday 2nd of August 2012

I saw some mason jars coated w/ MP. They were clear but had a rustic look I would like to copy for my storage jars in the kitchen which sit on an open shelf. (i store cornmeal, brown sugar, etc. in them)This will be my first ever craft so any advice would be appreciated.

Kristin Glas

Tuesday 29th of May 2012

My kids like to mix up bath salts, those would be great to store it in. We'd have to use glitter ModPodge of course.

Debra Kapellakis

Monday 7th of May 2012

Those are very pretty. I wish I had mod podge here.

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