Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – stained glass without the glass.
I love the look of stained glass but lack the patience needed for cutting the glass just right.
These projects offer the same lovely effect – without the need for dangerous cutting and soldering irons.
The first project can be used to cover an entire window if you want to add a little privacy or hide an ugly view.
I made this with students for their sensory room in a day centre I was working at as art therapist.
Their sensory room was at the front of the house so visitors standing at the front door could look straight in unless the curtains were drawn.
Our ‘stained glass’ project provided them with privacy and beautiful hues to add to the calm of the room.
STAINED GLASS WINDOW
LET’S GET STARTED
- Clear contact paper
- Tissue paper and cellophane – various colours
- Black markers
- Double-sided tape
- Box cutters
- Measure the window and cut the contact paper so it is just slightly larger on all sides. You will need two sheets of contact.
- Cut the tissue and cellophane into various shapes – simple and geometric are easiest.
- Remove the backing from the contact paper and place the tissue and cellophane shapes on its sticky side.
- It doesn’t matter if they overlap but try to avoid having too many empty (clear) places in the contact.
- Remove the backing from your second sheet of contact and carefully place this over the top of the tissue and cellophane. NOTE: It sometimes helps to have a second pair of hands to help with this, particularly if the window is large, to make it easier to avoid getting too many air bubbles in the paper.
- Gently press out air bubbles., but don’t worry if you can’t get them all – a few just add to the stained glass effect.
- Use the marker (and a ruler if necessary) to mark around each shape. The overlapping pieces of paper form their own shape.
- Put the double-sided tape on the edges of the window. Make a big cross in the middle of the window with the tape.
- Remove the tape backing and carefully press the contact paper onto it, making sure to line it up so it fits the window.
- Use the box cutters to trim the contact so it fits perfectly.
MINI STAINED GLASS WINDOWS – GREAT FOR DOLL HOUSES AND CHARMS
Another fun way to create stained glass is by using plastic beads.
I used this method for the pottery dragon castle lamp, pictured below. This was made when I had my own homemade pottery business.
More recently, I have used the technique to make a gorgeous waterfall for the Goddesses’ fairy garden. Find out how in Fairy Garden Crafts to Make.
I used the same technique to make the beautiful heart decoration pictured below.
- Plastic beads – assorted colours
- Some kind of form. For the castle lamp, I used a clay form to make the window sill. For the heart, I used an old cake tin. You can use metal cookie cutters if you want to make charms.
- Place the beads inside your form and place on an oven tray – use foil to line it.
- Now is the time to add extra embellishments, such as glitter, like I used in the heart.
- Place in a preheated hot oven around 200 degrees fo 10 to 20 minutes until the beads have melted.
- If you want to hang your creation, use a drill to make a hole and add the fishing line.
MINI ROSE WINDOWS
During my arts and craft for kids workshops, I often have an international theme, which is a great way to teach them about other parts of the world and some of the famous buildings.
During a class about France, we made the Notre Dame, complete with Rose Window.
We used old boxes and cut them into shapes for the building.
Then we cut a circular hole out of the front of the box – we removed the back so the sun could shine through our ‘window’.
Then came the fun part, decorating the box with beads and creating our window.
- Wax paper – NOTE: It must be WAX paper, not baking or parchment paper, these won’t work.
- Crayons – assorted colours
- Old cheese grater or vegetable peeler
- Paper towels
- Place the wax paper over two paper towels.
- Use the grater or vegetable peeler to make crayon shavings. You can add them straight on top of the wax paper or place them in colour piles (so you can make a design on the wax paper later).
- Once you have your shavings in place on the wax paper, cover with another sheet of wax paper.
- Cover this with two sheets of paper towel – this helps to distribute the heat evenly and protects your iron.
- With the temperature on its lowest setting, run the iron over the top of the paper towel, back and forth, until all the shavings have melted.
- You can use this to add to clear plastic frames for a pretty picture, or cut it into a circle and make your own Rose Window.
Why not join me on a wonderfully Wacky trip?
Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.
KristaJuly 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm
I really like these projects. I think it would be fun just as an art project for myself! No grands needed.
tamuriaJuly 19, 2016 at 8:34 am
They are fun projects Krista and sometimes it’s good to do things without the grands as you can fulfill your own creative needs without catering to their distractions.
Galician Stained glass studioMay 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm
This project is so simple and cool at the same time, nice work. As a man involved in stained glass industry this definitely looks like a much easier job to do 🙂
tamuriaMay 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm
Thank you so much, that’s such a lovely compliment from one who works with the real thing. I love the look of stained glass and have some beautiful pieces that were given to me. One day I might even work my way up to trying my hand at making some, using glass this time. 🙂
tanyaFebruary 21, 2019 at 10:53 pm
I love this! One question, for the dollhouse stained glass with beads, what kind of beads did you use! Thanks!
tamuriaFebruary 22, 2019 at 11:43 am
Glad you liked this post, Tanya. For the doll’s house/castle, I used pony beads. I’ve also used the colourful acrylic rocks you buy for fish tanks and even perler beads will work (these you can melt by just ironing).
JoanApril 25, 2019 at 9:55 pm
Looks like fun but I have been cutting glass for 19 years and it’s not dangerous so I will continue to do so
tamuriaApril 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm
It’s hard to beat the real deal, Joan. I absolutely love stained glass but as I work mainly with children, I need easy substitutes.
Tom @ Soldering Iron BloggerJuly 10, 2019 at 5:57 am
Great article! Thanks!
tamuriaAugust 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm
DamonJanuary 21, 2020 at 1:43 am
Think my daughter would love this, Thanks!
tamuriaJanuary 21, 2020 at 8:01 am
I hope you both have fun making stained glass – without the glass. 🙂
James GrayFebruary 28, 2023 at 7:31 pm
My advice for anyone interested in trying the techniques presented in “3 Easy Ways to Make Stained Glass – Without the Glass” is to start with the method that appeals to you the most and experiment with different materials and colors to create unique and personalized pieces. It’s also important to be patient and take your time with each step to ensure the best results.
As for my comment, I think the article is a great resource for anyone interested in exploring the world of stained glass art without the need for traditional glass materials. The three methods presented are accessible and easy to follow, with clear instructions and accompanying images. The article also provides tips for creating more intricate designs and troubleshooting common issues that may arise.
tamuriaMarch 9, 2023 at 9:39 am
Thank you for commenting. These fun projects are easy and safe for kids and are favourites with my Wacky Workshops students.😊