What would you do if I told you that you could make your own window clings and that 25 feet of them would cost just $7.50? Would you freak out? LOL. I know that I did.
I wrote about Easter Window Cling ideas in my Weekly Inspiration- Easter Window Decoration Crafts With Kids post in March. I made my own Easter Window Clings then and was struck by what a fabulous craft project this would be for all year long. Kids love having decorations in their windows and this is a perfect way to decorate for any season.
If you’ve never used contact paper before, it’s basically like a giant roll of sticker! It’s clear and shiny, one side is smooth, one side is stick and the sticky side has a paper backing. It can be stuck to windows and walls, easily peeled off and restuck somewhere else, making it easy to position and re-position multiple times.
What You Need To Make Your Own Window Clings:
- Contact Paper- I bought my 25 foot roll at Walmart for $7.50. If you shopped around you could probably find it even cheaper. Here they have contact paper with the shelving paper.
- Acrylic paint
- A sharpie
- Paint Brushes
- Tape (optional)
Step 1: Roll out a section of your contact paper with the paper side facing up (clear shiny side facing down).
Step 2: Using a sharpie marker draw your shapes on the paper side of the contact paper.
Step 3: Once you have drawn all of your designs, flip the paper so that the shiny plastic side is now facing up. You should be able to see your sharpie marks through the plastic. Since the contract paper has been rolled up it will have a bit of curl to it. You may want to use tape to get it to lay flat.
Step 4: Paint your shapes using acrylic paint.
Step 5: Leave your window clings to dry. I find that they dry pretty fast (10-30 minutes) if they are clings that I have painted, because I do thinner layer of paint but take longer (an hour or two) if Bean has painted them because she slaps more paint on them.
Step 6: Cut out your window clings.
Step 7: Peel off the paper backing and stick the clings to the windows and/or walls. Position and re-position as needed.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I’d love to see pictures if you end up making some of your own. I think these clings are so much fun and the possibilities are endless with the seasons and holidays.