Easy Faux Stained Glass

For this year’s Halloween Window Painting I decided to experiment with something a little different, Faux Stained Glass.

This was a brand new technique that I brainstormed up.  And because I wanted to share it here, I wanted to challenge myself to make it as cheap and easy as possible.

I’m not only impressed with how it turned out.  It’s Awesome!

But I even surprised myself with the total cost of the supplies.
It all came in under $11.
(Cheaper if you have some already on hand)

Let me break it down for you…


Acrylic Paint @ $1.29 per bottle (Black and White not pictured)
3 rolls of Black Electricians Tape (99 feet each) @ about 70 cents each
1 Large Kitchen Sponge cut into squares @ about $1.00

Plus a lot of work during nap times = priceless

Total = $10.84

It all started with web research and pin boarding to find ideas for the style and design I wanted.  I wanted to get a sort of gothic church look using mostly straight lines.

Then I sketched up some ideas and came up with the guide shown taped to the window (above)

As I explained in Last Year’s Pumpkin Guide and Faux Cats.  I started by drawing my lines with dry erase marker.

I did the curves at the top by tying a string around my marker, and using the string compass-style to get some really nice arches.

Then it was just a matter of putting up lots and lots of electrician’s tape.

Electrician’s Tape was surprisingly easy to work with.  It will come undone when it sticks to itself.  It stretches in case you cut it just a little too short.  And it even bends around the arches.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve never used electrical tape on my windows before.  While I’m confident I can get it off later, PLEASE take care with your own windows.
And don’t try this if you are at all unsure.

Also, I don’t know how the tape will react in very hot, very cold weather or very humid weather.  You Mileage My Vary.

Here’s a shot of it all taped up (with a bonus napping cat).

If you’ve seen my projects from last year, you’ll note that my windows don’t actually have a white ‘break’ down the center.  I painted in the division to create the illusion of 4 equal panels.

And because I wanted to create a Gothic arch at the top, I painted in the outside areas with several coats of black.

Next, comes my favorite part.  Adding color.

I made several copies of my original guide and sat down with my son’s crayons and played until I came up with colors and patterns liked.  Then I just followed my coloring as I painted the window in.

I used a simple sponge stippling technique to make the cool textured glass look (below).

You’ll want to “over-paint” the tape here (shown above).  Just go for it.   One coat should be perfect.  You want the light to penetrate the color.

Here’s a shot from the over-painted side with the sun coming through.  You can’t even see the over-paint once you get light shining through it.  Once it’s all done and dry, you can come back and clean up the over-paint with black paint if you want.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that or not.

Here’s the final result.

I left the two center diamond panels open so cats and family can still see outside.

Clean up/Removal

When it’s time to take down the paint, you’ll want to use a razor blade. You can find these in the hardware store and many craft stores.
Always keep this out of reach of children!

Press the blade even with the glass, and at something like a 20 degree angle.

Press against the glass and scrape the paint off.

It should come off fairly smoothly, and make colorful confetti and curly bits. If you want, you can put paper or plastic down to catch the bits.

Pickup, sweep or vacuum debris.

See last year’s tutorials (below) for cleanup photos.

Pumpkin Window Painting (kid friendly)

Faux Window Cats

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  1. Wow, it looks great! I don’t think I have the patience (or a big enough window) for that design, but I might have to try something different. I had no idea that acrylic paint would be that easy to remove. I am also curious how the electrical tape will react to the elements, I haven’t ever used it.

    • It can draw up on itself. I have found that crepe tape works better to stay in place for longer periods (a year so far). Also, I have been able to find “black masking tape of different widths on the internet & at some hobby & crafts stores.

      Hope this helps!


  2. Love what you did here. On a totally random side note, I redesigned the look of those Americana bottles at my last job at DecoArt. Anyway, thanks so much for linking up again this year to the Terrorific Tuesday blog hop. I really appreciate it! :)

  3. Wow! Very nicely done!

    I did something like this for Christmas but similar to the windows of “The Burrow” — home of the Weasley family of the Harry Potter movies. I did find, though, that you have have to be careful with applying the electrical tape. Due to its elastic nature, in the right conditions it can draw up on itself.

    I also use children’s finger paint for a more transparent glass.

    I have since done a more ‘permanent’ project and have used crepe tape that I have found at a local office supply store.

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