How To Create a “Stained Glass” Window

Making a painted stained glass window is an easy, fun art project that will brighten your home. You can make it large or small, and it’s something the whole family can help with!

To get started, you will need:

  • a large glass or plexi window or door
  • painter’s tape or masking tape
  • bathtub crayons or washable finger paints

Start out by applying painter’s tape to your window. I didn’t want to decorate the entire window, so I created a rectangular border first. Next, use shorter pieces of tape to create diagonal lines, squares, or any kind of pattern you like.

The tape borders will become the “leading” of your “stained glass” window.

Next, start coloring! You can choose any pattern or color palette you like. There’s no one way to make beautiful art! If you don’t like the way part of the project looks, you can wipe away the bathtub crayon with a damp cloth or paper towel. (Note: If you’re like me and press really hard with your crayon, you’ll notice that small shavings or bits of crayon fall off. These can also be wiped up with a damp cloth.)

Et voila! A stained glass masterpiece!

The last step is to sit back and admire your work!

Cleaning: I left my window decoration up for about two weeks. When it was time to remove it, I used damp paper towels and water to get most of the bathtub crayon off. (The window you see took about four paper towels to clean.) I then used window cleaner to get the last bits of residue off. It worked like a charm!