Did you know you can make snowflake window clings out of glue? That's right! You don't need to purchase decorative vinyl window clings, and the process of making window clings is so much fun because your kids can design your own.
How to Make Snowflake Window Clings
Here's our very simple step-by-step instructions for making snowflake window clings, an easy winter kids craft!
What you need:
Glue. You can use white school glue or glitter glue.
Wax paper or parchment paper. You could also use plastic wrap.
Required: enthusiastic children and adult supervision
Step by Step
1. Place a large sheet of wax paper or parchment paper on your work surface.
2. Squeeze the glue onto the paper in the shape of a snowflake. If kids want to make other shapes, including abstract shapes as my son did, let them! This should be a fun, creative project for kids, not a quest for perfection.
3. If desired, sprinkle wet glue with glitter.
4. Allow to dry. Drying time will depend on how thick the glue is. I recommend allowing the DIY clings to dry overnight.
5. Once the clings are dry, peel off the paper and press them onto clean glass. In order to prepare the glass for the best possible adhesion, spray with a solution of vinegar and water and wipe dry.
The nice thing about window clings made with glue is that you can reposition them again and again. Be aware, however, if the window glass is not clean, re-adhesion will be negatively affected.
We found plain white glue window clings to be satisfactory, but in subsequent years we tried new techniques that produced slightly better results. So if you don't have the success you want with white glue try these tips:
- Use puffy fabric paint instead of glue. This produced a very good, long lasting DIY window cling.
- Apply a solution of water and dish soap to the glass before applying the window clings.
- Moisten the back of each window cling with water before applying to glass.
- Instead of squeezing out plain glue, pour glue into a paper cup, add a few drops of dish soap, mix. Brush the glue mixture onto your paper to make designs You will want to paint the designs thickly.
More DIY Snowflake Decorations
Don't limit your winter decor to glue-made window clings! Here are some more EASY ideas!
Cut snowflakes from cellophane and adhere to windows with a solution of dish soap and water. Follow our easy snowflake "stained glass" instructions here.
Every year I go nuts making paper snowflakes and use them for a variety of purposes, like our DIY wall-papered Christmas tree and paper snowflake wreath. Read about other ways to incorporate paper snowflakes into your winter crafting fun.
If you have a package of Wikki Stix, they make great rainbow snowflakes for the window! Take a look at how my kids fashioned them: