How to Make Stained Glass

You don't have to live in a castle to enjoy stained glass. This DIY picture frame project brings the ancient art form into your home in an affordable way.

Stained glass may be a symbol of luxury, but we found a way to use it that doesn't require shelling out big bucks. Put a modern twist on the centuries-old art form by making your own stained glass frame art. Personalized with a treasured family photo, this paint project is fun to make and rewarding to display. Grab the kids and get started! Our easy-to-follow steps make this stained glass a craft the whole family can try. 

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What You Need

  • Float frame
  • Painter's tape
  • Small foam roller
  • Glass paint 
  • Photograph

Step 1

Remove glass panels from float frame. Mask off stripes in various widths on the front of both glass panes using painter's tape. Before you begin painting, pay attention to how the transparent stripes will overlap in the finished projects. 

Step 2

Dip a small foam roller in glass paint and roll on the back of each glass pane. One to two layers of paint is enough; the paint should be translucent. Let dry. 

Step 3

Peel off the tape to reveal stripes. Reassemble frame with photograph.


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