Monday, October 5, 2015

We are finally enjoying cooler days of fall. Last week, we decorated our house for fall with our homemade decorations, but we added something new this year – window gel clings that we made ourselves.
Making window gel clings
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Using Windows Art Kit

Window Art
My husband went shopping in the local Teachers’ Store for his Tinker Lab, and he snagged a couple of items for us including this Klutz Windows Art kit for just $6. He was quite excited to try it out, because apparently this kind of Window Art was very popular in Germany about 30 years ago when he was a teenager. We loved the book that came with the kit, because it has so many designs to choose from. Since we are now decorating our house for fall, we chose to try leaf designs first.

You start by putting a plastic cover over a page in the book, and tracing your chosen design in a special black outliner color. Then you let the outline dry for a couple of hours, fill it in with other colors of the kit and let the design dry for 24 hours. Over this time, the colors become more saturated and the whole thing hardens. Then you can pop the plastic sheet into the freezer for a couple of minutes, and you will be able to easily lift off your cling off the plastic and put it on your window.
My husband also had a set of old “puffy paint” paints and we experimented to see whether we can make window clings with these paints as well. Overall, they worked, but they took longer time to harden, and the clings were not as transparent, but perhaps it’s because the paint was old.  We all enjoyed the process, and Smarty already put a refill for those paints (Klutz sells separate refill sets) on her birthday wish list.

Your Turn

Make your own window clings

Have you ever tried making your own clings?

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Ticia said...

They are genius to sell separate refill kits. Now I'm going to look through the Klutz site to see if they sell refill kits for a couple of books we have.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

My kids made window clings a couple years ago with an Alex Toys kit and loved it. I think I still have the kit; maybe I will pull it out for them this week. You have inspired me :)

Where is this teacher store that your husband went to?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We've done this with colored glue - but the book looks great - and gel clings sound slightly less messy than glue...have to look for that one!