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Homemade Stained Glass | All Kids' Room Crafts

Homemade Stained Glass

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

This convincing technique makes use of thickened tempera paint to evoke stained glass. After transforming your windows, the material cleans up with little more than soapy water.


  • Cornstarch
  • Tempera paint in several colors, including black
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Mixing bowls and stirrers
  • Funnel
  • Plastic squeeze bottle
  • Old sheet or drop cloth
  • Newspaper and painter's tape (optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic spatula


  1. For each color of paint, combine 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup paint, and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent in a bowl and stir until the mixture is the consistency of yogurt.
  2. Use the funnel to pour the black paint into the squeeze bottle.
  3. Cover the floor beneath a clean glass door or window with the sheet or drop cloth. To avoid potential stains, cover any exposed wood with newspaper and painter's tape.
  4. Use the paintbrushes to paint a picture on the window.
  5. Once the paint is dry, use the squeeze bottle to carefully outline the shapes with black paint, creating a stained glass effect. Add more black lines as desired.
  6. When you're ready to remove the artwork, use a plastic spatula to scrape off the paint, then wash away any remaining streaks with warm soapy water.