Stained Glass Jars

Transform glass or plastic jars into beautiful stained glass decorative jars, candle holders, pencil holders, or flower vases.

Safety Tips

  • Younger kids can work with plastic jars instead of glass jars.
  • Children working with glass jars require adult supervision.
  • If you plan to turn your stained glass jars into candle holders, an adult should put and light up a candle inside the jar.
Stained Glass Jars craft


  • Glass or plastic (PET) jars
  • Puffy paint (or acrylic paint and white glue)
  • Glass paint (or clear liquid glue/white glue,
    food coloring, and liquid dishwash soap)
  • Paint brush
  • Palette
  • Washable marker or whiteboard
    marker (optional)
  • Cotton swabs (optional)


Step 1 Stained Glass Jars 1. Scout around for glass or plastic jars with interesting shapes. This craft requires a little bit of planning so think of a design for your stained glass jar before proceeding.
Step 2 Stained Glass Jars 2. Use any of these materials as the "lead" or outlines for your stained glass work:

a.) Puffy paint (or 3D paint) or outliner paste for glass paint;
Step 3 Stained Glass Jars b.) Make this homemade version: Mix two parts white glue with one part acrylic paint in a squeeze bottle (smaller nozzles are best). Mix thoroughly by stirring with a stick or small spoon.
Step 3 Stained Glass Jars 3. You can make a sketch of your planned design using a washable marker or white board marker.
Step 4 Stained Glass Jars 4. Squeeze out the "lead" to make the outlines on your glass or plastic jar.
Step 5 Stained Glass Jars 5. Continue making the outlines until you've achieved your desired design. Allow the outlines to dry completely.
Step 6 Stained Glass Jars 6. If you sketched on your jar with a washable marker, erase the marks with a cotton swab.
Step 7 Stained Glass Jars 7. Glass paint would be the ideal medium for creating the stained glass colors but you can also make this glue-based recipe: Place liquid glue or white glue on your palette. Add 1-2 drops of liquid dishwash soap and a few drops of food coloring. Mix well.

Test the mixture's color on a small section of glass. Add a few more drops of food coloring to the mixture if you want to achieve a deeper hue.
Step 8 Stained Glass Jars 8. Paint in between the outlines. If you made the homemade recipe, you might notice that the paint recedes or "bubbles" may appear on some areas. Simply paint over the bubbles.
Step 9 Stained Glass Jars 9. After you have finished painting, set your jar aside to dry. Keep in mind that the homemade glass paint recipe is water-based, so try to keep moisture away from your finished work.

More Ideas

Stained Glass Candle Holder craft Stained glass jars can be made into beautiful candle holders. Always let an adult handle and light up the candle inside the glass jar.
 Stained Glass Vase for Mother's Day Create a stained glass flower vase for your mom on Mother's Day. Place real blooms or craft paper flowers such as these crepe paper roses or print out these printable flower templates. Use pipe cleaner or drinking straws to make stems for the flower print-outs.
Stained Glass Pencil Holder Stained glass plastic jars would make wonderful pencil holders or flower vases.