How to... Paint Glass tutorial

I love all of those pins that show how to paint glass! Some use Mod Podge or glue mixed with paint, but when you use that inside a jar, you can't put water in it. So it couldn't be used for flowers. Others use paint that requires baking in the oven and a cure time. I thought that's what I had bought, but it turns out I actually purchased glass stain.

How to Paint Glass tutorial |

I purchased DecoArt Glass Stains Sample Pack from Amazon. The sampler kit contains 6 bottles of stain, one each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and black leading. I was a little disappointed to discover that I had purchased stains instead of paint. But I decided to give them a try rather than send them back.

How to Paint Glass tutorial
painting glass tutorial |
I picked up my little glass jar at Hobby Lobby for $1. (I like to pick up pieces of glassware when it's 50% off, then save it for future projects.) I wiped it down with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue from the glass. Once it was dry, I used a taklon brush (I love this brush! Got it at Michael's in a set of 3 for 50% off!) to apply some of the stain to the bottom.

stained glass tutorial |
How to stain glass tutorial |

I let that dry (it dries quickly), then worked with one side of the jar at a time. I drizzled a little stain along the top of one side, then used the brush to spread a thin, even layer over it.

make your own stained glass

I repeated that for all four sides, then left the jar upside down on a sheet of wax paper. Keep in mind that this product was intended to be used with the black leading to make projects look like stained glass. You're supposed to use the colored stain to fill in spaces - so there is a lot more in one spot than when I painted mine on. Which is why mine is so pale - but I like it like that!

paint your own glassware

Clean up is simple with soap and water. BUT - you can't apply more than one coat of the stain because it removes the original layer. On the positive side, I'm assuming that since I painted the outside of the jar, I can put water inside it.

I decorated the jar with a little bit of burlap ribbon and just stitched it together in the back.)...

paint your own glass
stain your own glass

And then added a little twine flower. (You can read my tutorial for the flower here.) I cut a small circle of fabric with my pinking shears, then attached the flower and two buttons to the fabric - then stitched it to the ribbon.

how to paint stained glass
how to paint stained glass on your own
DIY painted glass

I like it with and without the burlap ribbon! I want to do a group of the "plain" ones for one of my bathrooms. They come in several different sizes, so I think they would look awesome on the counter!

DIY stained glass

I decided to put buttons in this one!

DIY painted stained glass

Note: The sampler kit does not come with instructions. I had to go to the DecoArt website to find out how to use the product.

I still want to try the glass paint and will probably get some with my next Amazon order. With the paint, you have the option of baking the finished product to make the paint dishwasher-safe.

Have you used glass paint? Which method/brand did you use? Were you happy with the results?

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  1. That's such an awesome project!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Great tutorial! I would love for you to share it at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party over at Krafty Cards etc.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Maria! It's so easy - I think even kids could do it with supervision!

  3. It turned out very pretty and reminds me of the 100th Anniversary Ball jars. I didn't even know there was such a thing as glass stain! I'm visiting from Craft-O-Maniac link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    1. I had never heard of glass stain either, Christy! And that blue does look similar to the Ball jars - it's a little less greenish-blue and a little "paler", but it reminded me of them, too.

  4. I had not heard of this product, but sure want to try it out. Great idea

    1. Thanks, Christa! It really is kinda nifty. It literally takes seconds to apply and is dry in just a few minutes.

  5. I've used the Decoart glass stain on the inside of clear glass ornaments. I put in some stain, swirled it around and then used my hairdryer on a cool setting to dry it. I taped a small funnel to the end of the hairdryer so I could direct the air inside the ornament. After the first layer of stain dried, I added another color on top of the previous color to get a marbled effect. I put a photo inside the ornament, and because the stain is transparent you can see it through the stained glass. The overall effect was that of "stained glass window".


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