How to Make a Fake Stained-Glass Window

Updated February 21, 2017

Artisans have used the technique of stained glass for centuries. According to the Art Glass Association, "Techniques of stained-glass window construction were described by the monk Theophilus who wrote a how-to for craftsmen about 1100AD." Stained glass possesses a dual aesthetic value in that it presents a pleasant design and permits different coloured sunlight to diffuse through your windows. While some homes are fortunate to contain stained-glass windows, many do not. Luckily, you can make your very own stained-glass window that showcases any design you want to create.

Measure the dimensions of the window that you would like to cover. Cut a piece of black construction paper with those exact dimensions.

Draw a design on the black construction paper that you want your fake stained-glass window to have with a white coloured pencil. You could draw something simple like a flower, or something more complex like a geometric pattern. Or you can go to a website, like or, and select a pattern and print it out from your computer.

Cut out pieces of the pattern where the "stained glass" will go with your Exacto knife. For example, if you drew a flower, you will cut out the petals, leaves and stems. Decide what colours you want each piece to be.

Cut out small pieces of different-coloured tissue paper that are slightly bigger than each empty spot in your design. Place a few dots of craft glue along the perimeter of each piece of tissue paper. Press each piece of tissue paper into its appropriate spot. Make sure each piece of tissue paper rests tautly over its designated area. Allow it to dry.

Cut four separate strips of two-sided tape that are as long as each respective side of the window. Place each strip onto its appropriate area on the side of the paper that contains the glue. Press the stained glass window onto the real window. Press down firmly on it to make sure it makes a tight seal.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Sheet of black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • White coloured pencil
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Exacto knife or comparable item
  • Tissue paper in different colours
  • Craft glue
  • Two-sided tape
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."