Easy Patterns for Stained Glass Crafts

Updated July 20, 2017

The versatility of stained glass crafts goes well beyond the creation of lamp shades today, and that extends to the patterns that are available to make such crafts. They can often look quite complex once one views the finished product, but the pattern itself can be easy to follow to reach that point.


Stained glass craft supplies, instructions and patterns are easily obtainable. Doing a general search on the Internet for "easy stained glass patterns" can result in over a million web sites referencing the topic. Inexpensive books of easy stained glass patterns are also sold at popular craft store retailers and booksellers.

Basic Components

The best stained glass patterns are designed to be simple to follow piece by piece, yet in the end produce seamless, flowing works of art. This often depends on the size of individual elements in the pattern as compared to the size of the final production. The individual pieces in a simple pattern are usually much larger than you see in complex patterns. Also, the larger the individual elements of a pattern and the fewer sharp angles in each element, the easier it is to cut these glass pieces correctly to combine into the overall pattern.

Sun Catchers

Completing stained glass work that is done in a flat, unframed form is a good way to master simple patterns before moving on to more detailed creations. Sun catcher designs are ideal for this purpose, being quick and easy to complete and versatile in their display. Most sources that offer easy stained glass patterns include a collection of sun catcher designs.

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Ray Hawk has written professionally since 2004 for clients in the U.S. and U.K., covering a wide variety of technical, scientific and mainstream topics. He has two associate degrees, in computer science from Western Technical College and in nanoscience from Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Minnesota. Mr. Hawk's first journalism job was as a reporter for his college newspaper, "The Zeal."