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stained glass rocks

These Stained Glass Rocks are fun to make and so pretty! They’re a great way to spruce up the garden or give as a gift to a friend!


  • Rocks – I live in the northwest and it seems like there are rocks everywhere around here! I was able to find lots of smooth, roundish rocks just in our neighborhood. You can use any shape or size you like though.

  • Tissue Paper – I recently bought a pack of rainbow colored tissue paper and it worked great for these Stained Glass Rocks. I’ve seen lots of different shades of colors out there though. Tissue paper is important for this project because it gives that nice stained glass look that regular construction paper wouldn’t. It’s also light enough to easily stick to the rocks.

  • Glue & Water – You can create an easy glue-y liquid just by mixing gluten and water together. You then use a paintbrush to brush it on the rocks and the tissue paper easily sticks to them.

  • Paintbrush – Any old paintbrush will do to paint the rocks with the glue mixture. If you don’t have a paintbrush you can also dip the pieces of tissue paper in the glue mixture and then stick them on.

  • Waterproof Sealer – If you’re putting these rocks outside you will want to coat them with a waterproof sealant. You can find one at a hardware store or craft store.


  1. You want to start by making sure your rock is clean. I just give mine a rinse with water and let dry before decorating.

  2. Mix your glue and water together. I used about a half and half ratio but it doesn’t have to be exact.

  3. Tear your tissue paper into small pieces. It’s nice to have your tissue paper torn up before you start gluing it down.

  4. Use a paintbrush to paint the glue mixture on the rock and then start pressing your tissue paper on. The glue dries fast so you will have to reapply it a few times. I also like to do one top coating of the glue once all the tissue paper is on.

  5. Let rocks dry completely before putting on your waterproof sealer. Allow the waterproof sealer to dry and then find the perfect place for your rock outside!


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