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10 DIY Stained Glass Cat Patterns You Can Create Today (With Pictures)

If you’re thinking of getting started with DIY stained glass, the good news is that when it comes to the patterns you create, there really are no rules you have to follow. You can either print stained glass plans from the internet, use coloring book pictures or photos, or draw your own patterns—it’s completely up to you, and they can be as basic or as complex as you like.

We’ve pooled together some of the most awesome stained glass cat patterns and pieces to give you inspiration for your own feline-themed stained glass project. Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need for DIY Stained Glass

Before we get started, here is a list of tools you’ll need for all your DIY stained glass projects:

  • Glass
  • Glass cutter
  • Breaking pliers
  • Project board
  • Cutter oil
  • Running pliers
  • Grozing pliers
  • Grinder and bits
  • Grinding stone
  • Copper foil tape
  • Copper foil scissors
  • Stained glass glue
  • Lead spool for soldering
  • Soldering iron stand
  • Soldering iron
  • Lightbox
  • Flux
  • Eye and ear protections
  • Dust mask
  • Safety gloves

The 10 DIY Stained Glass Cat Patterns

1. DIY Simple Stained Glass Cat Design by Printablee

Materials: Paper
Tools: Printer, stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re not a big fan of drawing, you can always print out a free stained glass template like this one. We love how the cat in this pattern almost appears to be smiling and the rippled effect of the body which fits in so well with the stained glass effect as a whole. If an elegant, regal stained glass cat is what you’re looking for, this might just be the design for you.

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2. DIY Quiet Stained Glass Cat by octobercountry1

Materials: Paper, pencils, eraser
Tools: Stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Moderate

This pattern isn’t a free printable, but you can always use it as inspiration for sketching out your own design. As with the first design, we love the “movement” in this pattern—simple, rippled lines really help bring this stained glass cat to life. We think the colors are gorgeous, too—especially the intense green for the eyes—but these can be switched up for whichever colors take your fancy.

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3. DIY Stain Glass “Kissin’ Kittens” by SG Patterns

Materials: Paper
Tools: Printer, stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

This adorable design by Nancy Pimental is called “Kissin’ Kittens” and features not one cat, but two! The great thing about this plan is that it comes with glass color suggestions on the printout, which is perfect if you’re just starting out and haven’t had the chance to experiment with colors yet.

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4. DIY Oval-Shaped Chilling Cat by Printablee

Materials: Paper
Tools: Printer, stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

We think this stained-glass design really captures the “essence” of cats—the fluffy subject appears to be watching the world go by from the window, and we all know there’s nothing cats enjoy more. If you’re looking for something subtle and classy that will really compliment your windowsill, this could be a great plan to try out.

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5. Ginger Cat DIY Stained Glass Suncatcher by Good Grief Glass

Materials: Paper, pencils, eraser
Tools: Stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Though not a printable plan, this finished product could be a great source of inspiration for those in need of a simple beginner pattern to sketch out. The individual pieces aren’t too intricate and there aren’t many of them, which makes things easier for beginners when it comes to cutting the actual glass.

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6. Intricate DIY Stained Glass Cat by Anne Maillard

Materials: Paper
Tools: Printer, stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Difficult

If you’re up for more of a challenge and don’t mind spending quite a bit of time on your project, this pattern is quite complex as it requires a fair bit of cutting and careful arrangement. Fortunately, this is a printout, so it at least gives you a bit of a hand by way of number guides.

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7. Peeping DIY Stained Glass Cat by Jesyca

Materials: Paper, pencils, eraser
Tools: Stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

This peeping cat is another easy design that you can sketch out in a matter of seconds and only requires minimal cutting and arranging. For these reasons, we think beginners may want to give this pattern a shot as it’s a nice, simple one to get started with. Simple designs like this are also great for experimenting with different colors and shades.

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8. Black and White Tuxedo Cat DIY Suncatcher by Anna Varney

Materials: Paper, pencils, eraser
Tools: Stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

We have to admit, we’re in love with this cute tuxedo cat and his rather perturbed expression. Another simple design to draw, the pieces fit perfectly into the rounded head shape, which makes for a neat, compact look. In the description, the creator notes that they used wavy black water glass for the upper portion and simple pink, white, and emerald glass for the other pieces.

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9. Round DIY Stained-Glass Cat by Printablee

Materials: Printer
Tools: Stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Moderate

If your cat is the center of your world, what better way to pay tribute to them than by putting their face right in the middle of your stained glass project? This design may be best suited to those with previous stained glass experience as the background in particular looks a little tricky to arrange. If you’re up for the challenge, though, why not?

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10. Shy DIY Stained Glass Cat by Bill Blodget

Materials: Printer
Tools: Stained-glass tools
Difficulty: Moderate

Complete with helpful number guides, this pattern depicts a curious cat peeping out from behind a curtain. If you’d like to pay tribute to your shy feline, this design may take you a little time, but the end result would be simply gorgeous. We found this photo of the same pattern brought to life, and we think it’s stunning.

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Final Thoughts

If you’re considering getting started with stained glass or are simply looking for inspiration for your next project, we hope you’ve found these suggestions helpful! Once you’ve got the hang of the basics, the possibilities with stained glass are endless—you can create cat-shaped pendants, jewelry, wall art, or ornaments all beginning with a simple sketch on a piece of paper. Good luck!

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Featured Image Credit: u_z89r01ye77, Pixabay

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