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Easy to Make Rainbow Stained Glass Window


This easy to make rainbow stained glass window will surely brighten up your room! Use a crayon and watercolor resist art technique to make your own stained glass.

DIY faux rainbow stained glass window that is easy to make and will surely brighten up your room! Use a crayon and watercolor resist art technique to make your own stained glass.

We made a new stained glass window for the front door. And you know how I am about color. I love it. I’ve been wanting to try this ever since we made the other scribble stained glass, and this seems a good time with Maia’s birthday around the corner and “rainbow” part of her requested party theme (rainbow fairies, princesses, and unicorns).

Here’s how we made it:

Rainbow Stained Glass Window

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Two young girls scribbling on a sheet of easel roll using oil pastels.

Step 1: Make Scribble Art

The girls were given a sheet of easel roll and scribbled all over the sheet with oil pastels (crayons would work too).

Drawn paper with rectangular shape markings the size of a window pane.

Step 2: Trace the Rectangles

I used a piece of paper the size of the window panes as a template to trace each rectangle.

A young girl painting watercolors on a paper that has been scribbled on with oil pastels.

Step 3: Painting the Rectangles

Maia painted in the rectangles with rainbow colors using liquid watercolors.

A window with a colorful faux rainbow stained glass made by children.

Step 4: Giving the Rectangles a Stained Glass Effect

After the paper dried, I cut out the rectangles, painted the back of each with vegetable oil, then stuck them to the window panes. Easy peasy.

And now we have a wonderfully colorful rainbow stained glass window for our front door!

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DIY faux rainbow stained glass window that is easy to make and will surely brighten up your room! Use a crayon and watercolor resist art technique to make your own stained glass.


  • Reply
    Debbie Clement
    August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Just this minute have joined Pinterest. You’re will be the first in a new category of rainbows!!

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    Laura King
    August 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    i love this and have the perfect door for it. how long do you think the paper will stick to the window panes with the vegetable oil?

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    August 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’m also curious about the vegetable oil. You just cover the entire backside of it with it?

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    August 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    lovely! lovely! lovely! one question…do you use anything to stick it to the windows or does it become like a window cling and aheres by itself?

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    August 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    How inspiring!! We must start this project right away.
    I even have the veggie oil – so awesome. And beautiful.
    xoxo michele

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    August 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Those look incredible. I think I might have to do some. Oh, and maybe the kids too. :)

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    maggy, red ted art
    August 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Gorgeous and beautiful and wonderful! You have such WONDERFUL ideas!
    Love your stuff.. :-)

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    August 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    You use liquid water colors a lot. Where do you get them?

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    August 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Oh, this is awesome! We have a group of windows next to our front door with an ugly curtain over it… this is so much better I cannot wait to do it!
    Thanks for the great idea!

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    Catherine (@MummyLion)
    August 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    so easy! i’m going to try this one. thank you.

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    Renee (Blue Wren Bibs & Bits)
    August 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    That is the most inspiring idea… I’m in awe!!!
    I so want to try this for our front door panel.. may be a bit big for us though?? haha

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    August 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Oh my it looks AWESOME! I need a different type of door to our house now so that I could do this too.

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    Kristin @ Preschool Universe
    August 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Neat! Great idea of sticking them on with vegetable oil. We will have to try this in our playroom :)

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    August 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Yay! Pinterest is so fun!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    August 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Indefinitely? We’ve had previous stained glass up for months at a time anyway.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    August 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Yes, I just use a pastry brush or regular brush and paint the entire backside with it. Not thickly, just enough to cover.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    August 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The oily paper sticks to the glass by itself.

  • Reply
    August 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Jean! I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your blog. I wish I had found it when I was teaching pre-school! I have a blog dedicated to sharing arts & crafts projects for children and I wrote a post about you, encouraging my mom and teacher friends to follow you. Here is the link…
    I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    August 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

    It’s gorgeous! Wow, THAT is party decor I can get behind.

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    August 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    i love this idea! now that my daughter is two and half, we are incorporating a lot of art projects into our days–i’m going to have to add this one to the list. thanks for all of the great ideas that you share on your blog–i love the way that you focus on easy, accessible projects to foster creativity and art learning.

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    August 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    oh i really love the vibrancy of this set! makes me think i need to redo ours now!!

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    Laura King
    August 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    awesome. thanks so much. this project is on our weekend list :)

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    Holly Mobley
    August 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I think I may try something like this for the arched window above my front door!

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    Heather @ Life Gluten Free
    August 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I love this idea. We have the same front door with the window panes! I have curtains right now but it would have fun and colorful to do this!

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    August 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I did this project today with my toddler. Not sure it was the best project for a toddler, but we had fun. Wish I had used baby oil or mineral oil, the veggie oil has an odor, but the door looks great!

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    August 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I bet it would be handy to keep the measurements for all my windows on hand just for projects like this!

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    August 31, 2011 at 5:51 am

    My kids and I did this project today and I love it. Our watercolours are not so bright so I think I will invest in the liquid watercolors.
    The project had 2 bonuses: 1. I found a neat way of incorporating/ displaying the kids art in our home. 2.Our front door use to have a view into the guest bathroom, what a clever way of solving that little problem.
    And yes, I wish I could do it with all the windows in our house. Sigh ;-)

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    August 31, 2011 at 11:43 am

    This might be a dumb question but what kind of oil? cooking oil/baby oil???thanks love this!

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    Katie Nicoll
    December 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Wow, incredible. You can make a fortune out of these…j/k. Well, it is art, and it would be better appreciated if you don’t put a price on it.

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    Katie Nicoll
    June 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Looking at these pictures, it seems that your children had a wonderful time decorating the rainbow stained glass window of your house.The scribbled design chosen by your children looks so lively and colorful! It is a masterful piece by your children. It’s a good thing that you were able to instill in their young minds the importance of cooperation.

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    August 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I love your blog Jean! And I love this idea! I have a question. We rent our home. Does the paper easily come off when needed? Is it difficult to clean?

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    August 12, 2012 at 1:45 am

    So cute!
    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.
    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

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    October 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Because I’m slow — you surely had to tape them to the window panes, right? The veggie oil didn’t stick them…. This is so gorgeous, and I want to try it in some way!

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    Bobbi Jo Barger
    May 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    What a cute idea for creative little kids to show off their talent for everyone to see…Not to say it would only be good for children though, I think I would like to take a stab at it myself. ;-}

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    May 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Hi! I’m just wondering if light can still pass through the paper? I’d like to do this for my dorm window :D and I wouldn’t want my room to get dark.

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    June 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Hi, might sound like a silly question, but the vegetable oil doesn’t damage the surrounding? And do you get the oil off simply with soap and water or household cleaner?

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    February 25, 2020 at 10:32 am

    This is so easy and fun. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to do it one of these days, maybe one of the days we are sequestered at home from one of the many colds and illnesses we’ve had this season.

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