After reading about the possibility of gel window clings containing PVC and being toxic in the article I posted about here, I decided to search a way to make my own. It is a tradition for my boys to put window clings on the windows during every holiday and without ruining that tradition, I was happy to come across Merry’s post with some DIY Window Clings that looked like a fun craft project and fairly simple! The ingredient list is fairly simple and the result is a fun, personalized window cling!
Here is what you will need:
Clear plastic sheet protectors
White craft glue (like Elmer’s)
Liquid food coloring
Liquid dish detergent
Small paint brushes
I put the project to the test this past weekend and I was very happy with the results! Here is how I made them:
I had 4 bowls since I was planning to make 4 different colors for my fall window clings: red, yellow, green and orange. In each bowl, I put approximately 2 tablespoons of glue. I then added 2 drops of liquid dish detergent and 2 drops or more of food coloring to each bowl (until desired color was reached) and stirred it all together. Once I had everything stirred, I was ready to “paint” my window clings!
On the sheet protectors, I painted a picture of whatever I wanted for a window cling. Since I was making some for fall, I painted things like leaves and pumpkins. You will want to use quite a bit of your “paint” mixture to make sure it will be visible and thick enough to peel off once dry. It is more than you would use when painting a normal picture with paint.
It took about 24 hours for our window clings to try completely. Once they tried, they peeled off really easily and stuck to our windows perfectly. They can even be removed and relocated and the sheet protectors can be reused for your next window cling project.
My 6 year old son enjoyed doing this as well. He made a car window cling of his own!