It’s been a few months since we did our last window cling project. The holiday season and successive Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas themed window clings, resulted in window cling burnout for my kids.
We recently enjoyed a week long Spring Break Stay-cation. We had one day inside the house because of poor weather but have been at the zoo, playgrounds, and outside every single day.
The kids surprised me by asking if I had puffy paint because they wanted to make some DIY window clings for Easter.
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I printed out some free Easter coloring sheets I found online because I didn’t know where their Easter coloring book from last year was hiding. The trick to good cling templates is to find simple coloring pages that don’t have many thin parts that sticking out. (Think of a man with a fishing pole. The fishing pole would be difficult to peel and keep intact when transferring the cling to the window.)
I settled on a bunny and an egg. All I had to do was grab two gallon sized plastic zip bags and place the coloring pages in each bag. Then I handed the kids the puffy paint and busied myself with the dishes. I wasn’t really planning to do a blog post on these clings then I saw what the kids were doing on their own. I was impressed!
But, my daughter was very disappointed by how her bunny rabbit turned out and asked me to make one for her. I made one using the same coloring sheet and bag that she made hers on. However, I did realize that the photos don’t come out very well when I put the clings on the window due to the glare and reflections. I photographed mine on an empty picture frame to reduce the glare. All of our past window clings look much better in person than they did in the photos and I wish I had thought of photographing them on picture frames before!
I remembered that a couple of friends remarked to me that their window clings did not turn out well. So, after watching the kids do a couple on their own I decided to add some tips on getting good clings.
Tips for great (non-flimsy) window clings
1. Glow in the Dark puffy paint is great for Halloween but requires a VERY thick layer to peel off intact. Pea used glow in the dark paint on a lot of her bunny and the result was a difficult to peel cling.
2. Pick simple pictures that will be easy to peel.
3. As the puffy paint dries, it shrinks a little so I always go back and add paint where the colors meet to reduce the holes. Sometimes I do this several times during the drying process. At the kids’ request, I did not do this for their clings and you can see the colors pulling back.
4. Make the edges of the picture thick. The cling will stretch a little and tear if it is too thin when you pull it off the plastic wrap. The edges of the easter eggs in Pea’s bunny were not thick enough. Combined with the pulling apart of the different colors, the eggs didn’t survive getting peeled off the plastic.
5. Go to the window with the plastic bag. Decide where you are going to place it.
6. Peel all the edges around the cling up first. Just lift all the cling around the picture up about half an inch. It doesn’t have to stay up but peeling it makes it less like to “stick” and will make the rest easier to peel.
7. Start SLOWLY peeling (after you’ve unstuck all the around the picture) from the thickest part of the cling and work your way inward. Do not pull. Simply lift.
8. Carefully place the window cling and smooth.