Stained glass is a fabulous way to give your dollhouse a vintage look. And it's super easy to do too.
I used very simple materials: 1/16" thick bass wood, metallic marker color of your choice, black ultra fine point permanent marker, Aleene's Tacky Glue(really any white glue works. Even ModPodge works!), acrylic paint color of your choice, a small paintbrush. And if you need clear plastic for your window you can use transparent copier sheets or you can find clear plastic sheets at the craft stores. If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby check the stained glass making area.
First, you will need a pattern. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration. Draw your pattern onto paper and place your piece of transparent sheet over it. Make sure you leave a 1/8" perimeter to affix the frame. Trace pattern on the clear sheet with the black ultra fine point permanent marker. If you don't have a fine marker your pencil will work too. It will be just a little harder to see the design.
Trace over the black marker lines with your metallic marker.
For the spaces you want clear just apply the glue with a paint brush in between your metallic lines. Apply 2 or 3 coats if you want more of a waterglass effect.
For the colored areas mix a little dab of paint in with the glue before you apply it on the plastic film. A 50/50 ratio. Brush it on in desired areas.
Now the frames can be done 2 ways. Either as a solid frame by cutting out the interior or by having each of the four sides cut individually. My solid frames are 1 1/8" x 1" with a 1/8" wide perimeter. My other frame is also 1/8" wide and all the sides are 1 1/4" long. I cut these out of 1/16" bass wood with a small box cutter. You will need a front and a back frame if you plan to hang these in a window.
Paint the frames. I used a single coat of white acrylic paint to look more vintage/old.
Glue the frames on both sides of the plastic film with all purpose white glue. Let dry. You may want to add a thin piece of 26 gauge wire to hang the window. String also works. Just drill 2 little holes with a pin at the top of the frame. Place a dot of glue on each end of the wire and stick in the hole. Let dry.
That's it! Now you have a gorgeous little piece of art for your dollhouse!
Oh my gosh Caroline, this genius! I'm definitely going to make one for my tiny house...pinning right now:)ReplyDelete
So cute! Thanks for the instructions! This absolutely goes to my must-try list.ReplyDelete
Oi miten upea!!ReplyDelete
Nice idea Caroline! your stained Glass windows is cute!ReplyDelete
Thanks Caroline for the wonderful tutorial. Your stained glass is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Me encantan los vitrales. Gracias por el tutorial, parece fácil.ReplyDelete
Oh that's very cute! I may have to try that. You can also use alcohol inks on plastic if you want it more transparent. Good job Caroline!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great tutorial. It is beatiful for my fleat market.ReplyDelete
Vintage y muy romántico, me encanta!ReplyDelete
Un beso! :)
Great tutorial, Carolyn. I will remember it when I decide how to finish one of the 3 round windows in the Blue Farm House. Cute, as always.ReplyDelete
Love your awesome weeny window and your tutorial makes it sound so doable:-)ReplyDelete
Your stained glass windows look great, I can't wait to try this!ReplyDelete
Thanks for this great tutorial.ReplyDelete
Beautiful work! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Caroline! xo JenniferReplyDelete
The result is fantastic.ReplyDelete
I just found this tutorial today and it is PERFECT for the dollhouse I'm helping my daughter build. She wanted to make the windows herself so glass was out, and no thin plexy in our area. Transparent copy sheets turned out great for windows, and transparent craft paper was perfect for stained glass using ink brush pens and gel pens. Thanks for these great tips!ReplyDelete