Stained-glass windows can add a touch of elegance to any building, and some of the best examples can be truly stunning. The biggest problem for the average homeowner, though, is the cost since they don’t come cheap.
However, if you have some basic DIY skills and a little creative spark, it’s not difficult to make them yourself. To help, we’ve scoured the web to see what other people have been trying – and here are our top 17 stained-glass window plans you can DIY easily.
1. Make an Easy Faux Stained-Glass Window
If you’re looking to make your own high-quality stained-glass window that will look as good as anything you can buy from a store – but that will cost you a whole lot less – this is the plan you need. You will probably have to buy a few materials from your local craft store the first time you try (primarily the glass stain colors), but the outstanding results you will be able to achieve will make the initial outlay worth it. A great plan and well worth a look.
2. Faux Stained Glass Tutorial
Here’s a lively video that takes you through the process of making faux stained glass at home using just some simple items that are easy to find. We enjoyed watching this YouTuber create a large and elaborate design on a sheet of Plexiglas, and as you can see, the result is highly impressive. A great way to make fake stained glass at home at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
3. How to Make Stained Glass Using 2 Ingredients
This is a very simple plan that allows you to create your own stained glass using only glue and acrylic paint, two inexpensive items you will easily be able to pick up from your local craft store. However, just because it doesn’t cost much, that doesn’t mean it will look cheap. Have a look at the photo of the stained-glass peacock on the site if you want to see what we mean. Amazing!
4. DIY Faux Stained-Glass Farmhouse Vintage Window
As this YouTuber explains, this DIY project takes a while to complete, so if you plan to try it yourself, you will need to arm yourself with a good amount of patience before you start. However, it’s worth persevering because the result is stunning. At the end, she also gives you a couple of tips to avoid some of the problems she encountered – so your version will probably end up looking even better!
5. DIY Faux Stained Glass
When you open this page, the first thing you see is a photo of a beautiful homemade stained-glass window in an attractive modern kitchen, and if that isn’t enough to inspire you to have a go at making some, then nothing will. If you agree – and you want to try – this blog gives you all the information you need. There’s a list of the required supplies, clear instructions – and plenty of photos that will show you what you should be doing. Simple, inexpensive and great fun – and sure to give you stunning results, too.
6. How to Make a Stained-Glass Window
This highly professional video gives you an introduction to the process of making true stained glass. Many home DIYers might prefer something a little simpler, but if you want to learn about making the real thing, this video will teach you how. And even if it’s too complicated for you to try, it’s fascinating to learn about how stained glass is made.
7. DIY Stained-Glass Window
Whenever you need a plan for a DIY project, the Instructables site is always a great place to look. They have hundreds of plans for just about anything you can think of making or building at home, and they always include clear step-by-step instructions, great photos, useful illustrations – and everything else you will need to make a success of the job. This plan for stained-glass windows is no different, so if you want to try making some beautiful creations of your own, check it out!
8. How to Make Leaded Windows and Stained Glass Easily and Cheaply
We’re sure this is a video that will appeal to many people. As the introduction explains, this YouTuber and DIY enthusiast came up with the idea for this project when he moved into a new home and found he didn’t like the front door. He was horrified by the price of buying a new stained-glass door, so he decided to make one himself. And this video documents how it went.
9. DIY Faux Stained Glass At Home With Ashley
In this blog, you’ll find out about how, while renovating her laundry room, this blogger decided to attempt to add a homemade DIY stained-glass transom window. As with all the best plans, there’s a list of the necessary equipment and materials you’ll need as well as some clear instructions. We enjoyed reading the personal anecdotes about the project the blogger includes that make this even more fun and informative. There’s also a useful video showing how the project went.
10. How to Fake Custom Stained Glass with Elmer’s Glue!
It’s always so much fun to discover those little hacks that allow you to create something attractive without needing to spend loads of time or money on the project. If that’s a sentiment you agree with, check out this video on making fake stained glass just using glue.
11. How to Make Stained Glass
Another of our favorite online resources for many fun and funky DIY projects is WikiHow. If you don’t know the site, it has instructions for how to do just about anything you can imagine. Like all the “how-to” plans on this site, this one includes a clear step-by-step guide along with useful illustrations to show what you should be doing throughout the process. We also appreciate the comments section at the end where the WikiHow community can share comments and ideas to help with everyone else’s projects.
12. Recreating Stained Glass with Resin
We love the concept of this YouTube channel. This couple find things they think they can make themselves, produce their own version and compare it with the store-bought alternative. Here, it’s the turn of stained glass vs. their DIY stained glass made from resin. It’s a fascinating watch, and we also enjoyed their enthusiasm and passion for the task.
13. A Stained-Glass Window that Hangs on the Wall
This plan is for an project that could be used to fill a bare space on a wall. These DIYers made this stained-glass window that is designed to be hung up, and we think it makes a striking addition to their home. As well as looking great, it also cost them very little, so if you are looking for an inexpensive way to create a beautiful decorative element for a wall, have a look to find out how they did it.
14. DIY Faux Stained-Glass Window
Here’s another fun idea for a YouTube channel – these DIYers specialize in doing makeovers on college dorm rooms, turning them from soulless digs to cozy and welcoming places to live and study. In this video, they make a fake stained-glass window – give it a watch to see how they manage it.
15. DIY Stained Glass by Dorrie
The title of this tutorial is a little misleading since it doesn’t show you how to make stained glass – not in the sense of glass with colors, anyway. Here, what you can learn to make is patterned glass, which, as the blogger explains, was her solution for french doors that she found were constantly covered in kiddies’ fingerprints. We thought she did a great job, too, so we thought it was worthy of a place on our list. What do you think?
16. Poor Man’s Stained Glass for My Front Door
This video is a little strange since there’s no sound apart from the noise of the brushstrokes. There’s no commentary or music, which makes it slightly unnerving. However, we still wanted to include it because it shows this DIYer completing an impressive project making a stained-glass window, and for much less than the real thing would cost. Just for this reason, it’s well worth a look.
17. DIY Stained-Glass Windows from Four Items
Some of the best DIY plans work well because they keep things simple and uncomplicated. If that sounds like the kind of thing you appreciate, this blog should be of interest – it provides a plan and instructions for homemade stained-glass windows that you can make with only four basic items. There are also only four steps to follow, and in no time, you’ll have a set of attractive stained-glass windows of your own.
Loads of great ideas for you to try at home
As you can see, the internet is full of great suggestions for how to make stained glass at home, and many of these plans yield some exceptional results.
We always love looking at other people’s ideas because it always inspires us to have a go too. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching these plans as much as we did finding them, and above all, we hope you’ve found lots of inspiration for your next DIY project.