Emily Henderson's DIY 'stained glass' windows are the easiest way to add a pop of color to your home in just 3 steps

This easy-to-recreate DIY might be our favorite tip from the influencer yet

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Interior designer, influencer, and stylist Emily Henderson loves a DIY. Most recently, she took to Instagram to share the colorful do-it-yourself design she created in her daughter Birdie's room. Using three colors of transparent film, Em styled a faux 'stained glass' window to match the butterfly wallpaper in the 8-year-old's space. The look adds a quick and easy pop of color to the child's room, creating a vibe that is at once classic and fun.

Experts love the easy window treatment idea. Hebe Hatton, head of interior design at Homes & Gardens states, 'I love the way this hack instantly upgrades Em's space. The colorful room idea transforms the room from simple to bright. Best of all, it's easy to install and easy to remove, so she can make a quick change when she's ready to switch out the decor or sell the home.'

Hebe continues, 'This is a great idea for a kid's room, where your child's tastes are likely to change quickly over a short time. If you have an older child, they can even help with the DIY, providing a fun family activity and allowing them to get involved in the design process.'

If you're convinced you need this window hack in your life, luckily, Em posted a guide to the process on her blog. It all comes down to three easy steps. Best of all, you'll only need a measuring tape, colored window film, a squeegee, and a spray bottle. We broke the process down to make it even easier to follow.

STEP 1: Measure Your Windows

Before beginning, you must have the exact right dimensions of the space you want to cover. The more precise you can be, the more complete the finished product will look. This can be easier or more difficult depending on your window shape, as Emily Henderson says about her antique windows: 'If you don’t have, say 114-year-old windows with no real 90 degrees, then it would be easier.'

STEP 2: Spray the window and place the film

Next, spray the window with water and place the premeasured piece of window film on top. It will instantly stick. Move over curtains, there's a new (far quicker, cheaper, and easier) way to brighten windows in town.

STEP 3: Remove excess water and air bubbles

To remove excess water and prevent air bubbles, the final step in this brilliant DIY project is to squeegee over the intact window film. Hold a towel under the window to absorb any water that drips down. Voila! You have instant stained glass windows.


However you design your home, there is always a little more room for tiny details that make your day a bit brighter. There are even many you can create yourself.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.