5 Little Monsters: DIY Summer Window Clings

DIY Summer Window Clings

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I recently got a bunch of crafty projects and kits for my kids and one of the things that I got was a set of sun catchers. The kids loved seeing how the paint went on thick and opaque but dried thin and transparent. Making the sun catchers reminded me of some paints that I had that could be used to make window clings and I thought it would be fun to make a summer themed set.



I drew some summery designs and printed them out so that I could trace them. I am providing my designs for download, but you can really make anything you want. I do think it is best to have a design to trace rather than try to freehand something, so if you want to create your own designs I would recommend drawing and then tracing your design.


I used Gallery Glass paints to make the window clings. First tracing the outline with Liquid Leading, then filling in with the Gallery Glass colors. I used a stencil plastic as the surface to create them on, you can also get leading blanks that are similar plastic, or use glass.


When you first put the paint down it looks opaque, almost a milky color. But as it dries it is thinner and more transparent, as well as darker in color, perfect for letting the sun shine through.


Once they are completely dry you can peel them up and stick them to a window, or any other glass or smooth surface. They are removable, repositionable, and reusable, so you can save them to use seasonally or for holidays.


How to Make DIY Summer Window Clings


You will need:


Instructions:


If you would like to use my summer designs you can download the PDF's below and print. 


If you are using other designs print of draw them on paper so that you will be able to trace them. 

Place the paper with the pattern under your blank. 

Use the liquid leading to trace the lines of your design. To do this squeeze the bottle and draw with it holding the tip up above the surface and letting the line of leading fall onto the surface similar to how you would write with icing on a cake.

Set aside to dry overnight (or for at least 8 hours).

Use the colors to fill in the design, make sure you fill it all the way to the edges so it is touching the leading line, and the surface is completely covered. 

Let dry for at least 8 hours. 

Carefully peel your designs off of the blank and place it where you want it. You can put it on a window, glass door, mirror, picture frame glass, vase, or other similar surface.