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 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.

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36 Responses

  1. SamiJoe
    SamiJoe at |

    Great idea! Thanks!

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  2. Michelle's Photos
    Michelle's Photos at |

    that is such a great idea can’t wait to try it.thanks!!! wonderful job evan :) oh and Mum too

    Reply
  3. leslie
    leslie at |

    How much fun is that! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
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  5. Jaan
    Jaan at |

    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.

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  7. Gi
    Gi at |

    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

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  8. Tonia
    Tonia at |

    This is an awesome craft! Thank you for posting :) What is the glue/detergent ratio?

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    1. Merry
      Merry at |

      Hmmm…I would say 1 drop detergent per tablespoon glue.

      Reply
  9. Tonia
    Tonia at |

    thank you!!

    Reply
  10. ACsMama
    ACsMama at |

    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 :)

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    1. Merry
      Merry at |

      Thanks for the tips! It does sound WAY less messy to use the glue bottles…why didn’t I think of that! :)

      Reply
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  12. Kat
    Kat at |

    Merry – thank you so much! I just tried this with my kids and made clings for the 4th of July and it worked out perfectly. The glue bottle tip was fantastic from ACsMama – that was so easy. I featured you on my blog. Thanks for the fun project idea! :)

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    1. Merry
      Merry at |

      I am so glad you liked this craft. We need to make some again soon & I will definitely use the glue bottle tip!

      Reply
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  14. Misty
    Misty at |

    What a cool craft! Easy enough that I may even attempt it. :) Thanks for sharing!
    Misty recently posted…Do You Know Where Your Song Is? 

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    1. Merry
      Merry at |

      You’re welcome! Evan wants to make some Christmas ones tomorrow.

      Reply
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    Kati B. at |

    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.

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  18. Corinne
    Corinne at |

    This is one of the most creative uses for page protectors I have seen. I included a link to it in my article of all the different things you can do with page protectors (http://wondermomwannabe.com/page-protectors-the-secret-to-an-organized-life/). Thank you for sharing this great craft idea!

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  20. Robin Dupas
    Robin Dupas at |

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

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    1. Merry
      Merry at |

      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.

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  21. Chandra C
    Chandra C at |

    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.

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  25. Robyn
    Robyn at |

    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…

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  26. Samara
    Samara at |

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

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  28. Aunt-Yaya
    Aunt-Yaya at |

    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.

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