Stained glass window painting craft

stained glass window painting

Have you seen people painting their windows to look like stained glass and wondered "how did they do that?" Wonder no more! Follow these simple steps and you'll soon have your own colorful masterpiece to show off.

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What paint should I use?

Running a business like, we have closet after closet of all sorts of paint! While we're usually using acrylic paint for painting rocks, for this project it was important to use washable paint. Thankfully, we had some Crayola washable paint in our supply closet.

This particular box of paint included 10 bottles, each 2 oz. in size (apple for size comparison). But, any paint labeled as washable should be fine.*

Crayola washable paint for stained glass window painting art project


Taping your design

This was the fun part and where you can really unleash some creativity!

Our kids wanted a big heart in the middle, then "lots of triangles" around it. As we were taping, some of our triangles were turning into trapezoids and parallelograms and, suddenly, we were in the midst of a mini math lesson. 🤣

But, back to art. There's really no right or wrong way to do it. Have fun with it!

⚠️Worth noting: Initially, we couldn't find painter's tape around the house and tried an area using masking tape. Not sure if it was the tape we were using, but after about 10 minutes, we pulled off the masking tape and it left behind some adhesive. Thankfully, some Goo Gone took are of that, but we strongly recommend sticking with painter's tape.

use painter's tape to tape a design for stained glass window art

And...about 30 minutes later. Voila!

Note: We also taped the edges of the window in case anyone painted outside of the lines.

Painters tape for stained glass window art design


The paint brush does matter

This was our first time doing this project and we learned some things along the way. Our biggest takeaway was: the paint brush you use does matter.

When we were gathering our supplies, we just grabbed 6-7 random brushes — the idea being, having a different brush for each color we wanted to use.

What we learned...

We started with the bright orange paint and used a flat brush with fairly stiff bristles. We were immediately discouraged because the paint was brushing on really streaky. This seemed to be due to a combination of a few things — the stiffness of the bristles, the narrower width of the brush tip and the runny consistency of the paint.

painting using a flat brush stained glass window art

That's when we tried another brush — a mop brush with soft bristles.

As you can see, this made a huge difference! The paint brush held onto the paint better and brushed on smoothly with better coverage. The soft bristles and wider tip really made a difference.

Since we only had one of these types of brushes, we just rinsed in between colors.

mop brush painting stained glass window

Proof that having the right tool for the job makes a big difference!

Crayola mop paint brush


Painting your design

This part of the project was pretty straightforward, but felt it was worth mentioning something we learned.

What we learned...

In one small triangle, we painted one coat, let it dry, then tried painting a second coat. Our thought was it would help darken the color. As we were painting that second coat, it was wiping away the first coat and we were having trouble getting any sort of coverage. So, we ditched that idea and finished the project using a single coat of paint.

A stained glass masterpiece!

What a fun family project! The kids loved being involved from the beginning. We decided we're going to paint some more windows around the house. Waking up and seeing that window with rays of sunshine beaming through just made us smile!

painting project for kids
stained glass window painting project


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* We don't typically publish a blog post without first testing several methods and ensuring long-term results. This post was written in the midst of a global pandemic 😞and with many members of our community asking "how to do the stained glass window painting", we wanted to give it a try and report on what we learned. We specifically used Crayola washable paint. While other brands of washable paint should work fine, we do not claim responsibility for any paint that doesn't come clean or damage done.

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4 thoughts on “Stained glass window painting craft”

    1. Hi Heather, great question! We did a spot test using the paint mentioned in this article and using warm soapy water. The paint washed away easily (though, we recommend placing an old towel at the base of the window to catch the colorful drips of water). Hope this helps!

  1. Was any of the paint mixed with water or soap or anything or was it just paint on the window? I’ve seen some people mixing a touch of water and dawn dish soap but can’t find out much else like ratios or anything?

    1. Hi Molly, we didn’t add any dish soap to ours and when we did a spot test to see how easy it was to wash the window clean, it did wash clean with warm soapy water. We have heard from others that they did add some dish soap and their windows washed clean, so sounds like either way works fine. Worth emphasizing that we used a paint labeled as “washable” paint. We’ve seen some posts where acrylic paint was used and people were a bit upset that the paint wasn’t easily washing from their windows and that a straight razor needed to be used to remove the paint.

      Hope this helps!

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