Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Wall-Cling

My kids would gladly spend the bulk of each day doing arts and crafts projects if I let them.  They are especially excited around Christmas, as we have a couple of weeks off of school and we normally do a craft project daily.

My children are forevermore attempting to decorate our windows and walls with cut-out bits of construction paper.  One time, they even glued their craft projects onto the dining room windows, walls and my china cabinet before I caught them.  I knew this project would be a hit.

It’s simple to do.  First, I went to this site and printed out a copy of the snowflake template for each child.  I printed it at 35% size.

Then I went to the kitchen and pulled out my gel food coloring, at least one 4-ounce bottle of white school glue per child, glass bowls, dish detergent, some toothpicks, gallon ziplock bags and a popsicle stick.

Empty one bottle of the white glue into each glass bowl.  Using a toothpick, pick up just a tiny bit of the gel food color and add it to the bowl.  I chose to do two bottles, using a light blue and a light purple.  After seeing the results, I will make the colors a little darker next time.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Using a popsicle stick, stir it until it is uniform.  If the color is too light, add more color and stir again until you get your desired color.  Then stir in 1/8 tsp of dishwashing liquid per bottle of glue until uniform.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Pour the glue back into the bottle and put the lid back on.  Pouring carefully, I found I didn’t need a funnel. Wash off any drips or runs and you’re ready to go.  Repeat with each remaining bottle in whatever colors you choose. Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

I put down our arts and crafts tablecloth (an old tablecloth I keep just for the purpose) and broke out the ziplock bags.  I gave each child a one-gallon bag, enough to make nine snowflakes.  Lay the snowflake template on the bottom then put the ziplock bag on top.  To make the snowflakes, trace the template using the glue.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

Once they’re done, they need about 12-24 hours, sitting undisturbed, depending on how thick you made the designs.  Then gently peel them off the baggie and stick them to the windows.  If your glass is dusty or dirty, it won’t stick well, so plan on wiping them down if necessary.

Nine snowflakes used about one-qaurter of the bottle of glue, so you can plan on making many or save the glue for other designs, later.  You can use this method to create any window cling you’d like, although the smaller the cling, the better it works.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Snowflake Window Clings

As you can see, my windows need cleaning but they stuck as long as the windows weren’t dusty. This snowflake was still a little damp at the edges, once it’s totally dry it will all be translucent. We’ll save the window cleaning for another day when we’re not making memories. :D

KerryAnn


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