Easy Window Cling Kid’s Craft

Evan's window cling craft we learned from Artzooka
Evan’s window cling craft we learned from Artzooka

Evan loves watching Artzooka on CBC Kids.  His favorite part is the movies starring paper bag. He also loves watching all the different easy kid’s crafts that Jeremie (the host) makes.  Yesterday he made window clings and Evan thought that was the coolest craft ever.  So today we figured we would give it a try for ourselves.  It turned out AWESOME so I thought I would share it with you.

Easy Window Cling Craft

You will need:

A clear plastic sheet protector

White craft glue (like Elmer’s)

Liquid food coloring

Liquid dish detergent

small paint brush

 

Either draw a picture and put it inside the plastic sheet protector or wing it (like we did).  Mix a couple of tablespoons of glue (eyeball it) with food coloring and a couple of drops of dish detergent until you get the color you like.

Paint on the sheet protector to make your picture.  Make sure to paint really thick because you want it to be sturdy when you peel it off later.  Make sure that different colors touch one another to make one solid painted piece.  Set aside to dry.

Ready to dry

When the image is dry, carefully peel the picture off the sheet protector and then stick it to a window.  You can then peel it off and restick it to another glass surface as much as you want.

I think we’re going to do this again soon to make some homemade Halloween decorations.  Oh, one other hint….we made the paint yellow, painted the petals and then added blue food coloring to make the paint green.  This saved on glue and dishes to wash.  Since the glue is water soluble, just run hot water in the dish you use and clean up is a snap.

Comments

  1. Jaan says

    Boy, is this ever easy! Thanks for sharing, and best part about this one is that it can be used for any holiday or party.

  2. Gi says

    Hi,
    I clicked through and found your site from Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! I think we will try some Easter Eggs and spring flowers with your easy neat idea!
    Happy Blogging,
    Gi

  3. ACsMama says

    You can also do this with partially-used bottles of glue (I teach Kindergarten, so by Spring time we always have a few of those :)) and just add the food coloring and soap into the glue bottle and shake it up well (I usually do a shake one day, let it sit overnight, then re-shake and use them the next day to get the color all the way to the bottom). Then the kids can apply it straight out of the glue bottle which reduces mess to clean up afterwards :)

    One tip, make sure you leave them to dry somewhere perfectly flat – we learned that one the hard way, lol :)

  4. Kati B. says

    Thank you so much for this idea. I do activities at a nursing home and try to find idea’s all the time for the Elders here that are fun and easy to do. Plus with supplies we normally have on hand just like at home. found one with wax paper and that did not work out at all! I’m going to try this today. Will let you know how it works for them too.

  5. Robin Dupas says

    Can I just use paint instead of food coloring ? Do I have to use a sheep protector or can I use Saran Wrap? Thanks

    • says

      I think paint might change the consistency of the mixture and cause it not to work. You can try it though. Personally, I would try wax paper before Saran wrap because both the sheet protector and wax paper are thicker. The saran wrap might turn in to a mess unless you taped it down securely first.

  6. Chandra C says

    We had fun with this! We had a great idea that works well with the sheet protectors: use a coloring book page as a pattern for your art. You can create any images you want even if you struggle artistically, just slide it into the sheet protector. Your pattern won’t move and you can make several of the same image with different colors.

  7. Robyn says

    This looks like a wonderful craft idea. Out of curiosity, how do these stand up to direct sunlight? I would like to give this a try, but I’m afraid they might fall off in hot weather…

  8. Samara says

    This looks like a great idea! I’m curious, why add the detergent? Will it work with just the glue and food coloring?

    • Merry Kuchle says

      I’ve never tried it without. I think it gives them a little more flexibility. You could definitely try it though.

  9. Aunt-Yaya says

    I love this idea, however every time I try it the cling ends up paper thing and will not stick to the window. Any suggestions on what I could try differently? I tried adding more glue but when I do it spreads past my attended design. Thank you for the help.

  10. JCousins says

    My daughter and I have been trying these. They turn out great, but they don’t stick to the window. What am I missing? I’ve tried less dish soap, more dish soap nothing works. Any ideas of what’s wrong?

    • Marianne says

      Ours stuck great the first time, but when we moved to another window, it wouldn’t re-stick ! I wonder if it’s the temp of the windows or they are just not meant to be repositioned…any thoughts??

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