I found this old colouring book that made pseudo stained glass. You colour it in however you want and then tear the page out and place it on the window. Certainly faster and cheaper then actual stained glass.

I had already finished most of the book so there was nothing for my kids to do. There must be something that I could use in place of whatever material the book was made from.

What can I use that I can give to my kids to make fake/faux/pseudo stained glass? What tools would best compliment that suggestion? Pencil crayons, markers etc?


If you want to make something your kids could color with pencils, crayons, or maybe markers, get tracing paper and draw stained-glass designs on it with a black permanent marker. (If you do the coloring with markers, either wait several days between doing the black parts and coloring them in, or flip the tracing paper around: do the black "leading" on one side of the paper, and the coloring on the other side. Otherwise, no matter how "permanent" you permanent marker, the colored markers can cause it to smudge.) The advantage of this method is that it's pretty cheap, and it will probably end up very similar to the coloring book you have, at least if your coloring book is similar to what I've encountered before. The disadvantage of this method is that it doesn't really look like stained glass.

The other option is to go to the craft store and visit their faux stained glass section. Yes, there is such a thing. :) It involves clear plastic sheets as a base, a faux leading that's basically black dimensional paint in a squeeze bottle (i.e. you pipe it on almost like cake frosting instead of actually painting with it), and clear acrylic paints to go between your leading lines. Again, the process is to paint/pipe the designs with the "leading", wait for that to dry, and then paint the designs. The advantage of this method is that it looks very, very similar to actual stained glass without involving cutting glass and soldering and working with actual lead (Pb). The disadvantage is that it gets pretty expensive. You can reduce the expense somewhat if you can find cheaper sources of clear plastic. For example, see if you can find plain clear plastic plates (like from the party goods store).

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  • Like crafts.stackexchange.com/questions/545/…? – Stephie Jul 12 '16 at 19:21
  • @Stephie: kinda, but without the "removable decal" part. – Martha Jul 12 '16 at 19:52
  • If you use the right (or "wrong', depending on perspective) plastic, you can't peel them off. Sorry, but I don't know the English term for them. – Stephie Jul 12 '16 at 19:54
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    For clear plastic sheets you may be able to use overhead projector acetate film - it works out to about 20p/sheet. Don't buy too much until you've tested your paints on it, but I've used glass paint on acetate sheet in the past. It's flexible so would need supporting if you use the thick leading. – Chris H Jul 27 '16 at 10:23
  • @Stephie: it's not the type of plastic, it's the type of paint. The niece just acquired some "dimensional glass paint" at a garage sale, which came with some plastic sheets for working on, and then you peel it off and stick it in the window. My sister tried her old Gallery Glass brand imitation-stained-glass paints on the same plastic sheets, and it doesn't peel off. – Martha Jul 27 '16 at 13:59

Depending on how realistic some people would like faux stained glass windows to be and what one's budget is, there are several solutions.

One idea is to buy some clear plastic form any arts and crafts store or fabric store. With scissors, one can cut out the size of your desired false window pane.

Then with a pencil one could measure out or trace the desired patterns to be placed on the false window from colored films, which if desired to could be cut to size to be simply taped to an actual window.

To make them realistic one could perhaps use frosted decorated film in various colors. The cut out pieces are simply ready to be put into place once cut out and pealed freed of their protective backing.

Here are some color samples from Decorated Films. My wife actually tried this very idea with these films some years back using clear plastic as a backing and then taped the design over real glass with some scotch tape.

Yellow Film

Yellow Frosted Film

Green Film

Green Frosted Film

Blue Film

Blue Frosted Film

Free samples are available from the product details for each film. You may order up to 5 different free samples per project. - Decorative Films

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I've also achieved a simple stained glass look with tissue paper glued onto something clear. Modge-Podge or elmer's glue your cut shapes onto glass, "transparency sheets" or even clear plastic bottles, then brush another coat or two over the top of the project. You can either glue black strips over the edges, or use a black permanent marker when completely dry. This does take some dexterity, the tissue paper is delicate, and once it's wet it's even more so. But search for tissue paper stained glass and see what comes up.

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I'd be inclined to use oiled paper. I suspect you'd want to color it first, then oil it ... but I'm not sure what types of colors would stick best for this application, and/or give the proper translucent effect.

If you want something with less effort (and possibly mess) -- find a place that sells drafting vellum, and use colored pencil on it (as it doesn't fill 100%).

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