How to Paint a Stained Glass Panel


Transforming the glass panel on your window with a stained glass look is an inexpensive way of providing a luxurious feel to your home. You can brighten any type of glass panel on photo frames, doors or windows by painting them to look like stained glass. Instead of engaging in the laborious process of creating traditional stained glass, where you cut the glass to shape and size, paint each individual glass piece and solder them together with lead strips, you can easily create the stained glass look by working with a few craft tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Stained glass pattern
  • Liquid leading or self-adhesive lead strips
  • Stained glass paint
  • Paint brush, sponge
  • Combing tool
  • Glass cleaner
  • Cello tape
  • Download and print a free stained glass pattern from one of several websites (see Resources), or choose a design from your own drawings.

  • Purchase liquid leading or self-adhesive lead strips, a combing tool and stained glass paint in the colors that you plan to paint your design from the craft store. Use liquid lead to form the outline of your design on glass panels that you can position horizontally, such as a photo frame. Use self-adhesive lead strips on glass door and window panels that you cannot position horizontally.

  • Clean the glass panel with a glass cleaner, and allow it to dry.

  • Place your pattern behind the glass panel, and secure it with cello tape. Trace the outline of your pattern on the glass panel with liquid leading or self-adhesive lead strips. Allow the liquid leading to dry for at least eight hours after you have applied it. If you are using self-adhesive lead strips, place the strips along the line of your pattern.

  • Fill all the areas within the leading or lead strips with paint colors that match your pattern. Apply the paint directly from the paint bottle. Ensure that you fill the pattern with paint right up to the depth of the leading. Depending upon your pattern, you can use a paint brush to apply the paint for a smooth, painted look. Dab on the paint with a sponge if you want to create a mottled look.

  • Run the combing tool all across the painted surface to smooth out the paint, create a uniformed look and prevent air bubbles from forming. Allow the stained glass paint to dry for at least eight hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you observe air bubbles on the stained glass paint while it is still wet, gently pop the bubbles with a toothpick.


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