DIY leaf mandala stained glass

I have a thing for stained glass. There’s just something so reverently beautiful about rays of sunlight pouring through jewel-tinted glass, casting colorful shadows on the floor. And I’ve always wanted to learn how to make stained glass… but that seems like a pretty time-consuming and expensive hobby. So that’s why I’m especially excited about this project: I’ve found a way to recreate the beauty of stained glass with leaves gathered from Joanna’s backyard! Keep scrolling to create your very own mandala-inspired, stained glass art.

raid your back yard for the supplies to make these beautiful stained glass inspired mandalas to hang in your window. Get the full tutorial at #DIY #stainedglass #mandala #smallspaces #craft #greenery


  • leaves in various colors, sizes and shapes
  • hanging frames
  • double-sided tape


DIY Leaf Mandala Stained Glass - Jojotastic

Start by gathering all your foliage! Mosey around your backyard or down your neighborhood street and clip a wide range of leaves with different shapes, colors and sizes. Make sure you get a few of each type so you can create symmetrical patterns.

Next, press the leaves using your handy flower press (and check out a couple of our other dried-flower DIYs here and here). Layer the leaves in between sheets of tissue paper and cardboard, tighten the nuts and let dry until the moisture has been pressed out, about a week.

Once the leaves are ready, it’s time to assemble the stained glass!

raid your back yard for the supplies to make these beautiful stained glass inspired mandalas to hang in your window. Get the full tutorial at #DIY #stainedglass #mandala #smallspaces #craft #greenery

Start playing with the arrangement of the leaves, using mandalas as a reference. You’ll want to begin in the center of the frame and keep the pattern symmetrical, building outward as you go.

Once you’re happy with the pattern, use small pieces of double-sided tape so secure the leaves to the frame.

DIY Leaf Mandala Stained Glass - Jojotastic

Now all that’s left to do is find a sunny window in which to hang your new stained-glass masterpieces. Easy, right?!

DIY Leaf Mandala Stained Glass - Jojotastic

The Leaf Mandala Stained Glass

photography by Jojotastic, DIY by Hannah Cross.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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