Make Your Own Stained-Glass Window Decal

Spring has sprung! Do you need a fun exercise to help with some spring cleaning?

Prepare your windows for these awesome stained-glass window clings.

Usually, store-bought window decals use static electricity to ‘cling’ to the smooth surface of windows, earning their name ‘window clings’. Like traditional vinyl decals, they do not lose their stickiness, unlike traditional stickers with their adhesive glue backing.

This means they’re an environmentally-conscious option for decorating your windows, and more fun — you can swap and store them to reuse season to season!

This DIY homemade version is technically made almost entirely of sticky adhesive (the PVA glue!) but uses the same static electricity technique to cling to your windows again and again.

Activity Instructions:

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes, 1hr or so dry time

Skill Level: Easy

You Will Need:

  • White PVA glue
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic document folder, or similar

Step 1: Mix two tablespoons of glue and two drops of dish soap together.

Step 2: Separate the mixture into multiple bowls and mix a drop of the colouring of your choice into each bowl.

Step 3: Paint your designs onto the plastic document folder or similar chosen medium. A flexible plastic sheet is best, as the glue will stick to and rip mediums such as baking paper or cling wrap. Try to keep the design thin and even so it will dry properly.

Note: Make sure your sheet is able to lay flat and undisturbed until your designs are fully dry. If you try to lift them before they are dry, they will rip. Trust us.

Step 4: When your designs are dry, peel them off the plastic and stick them to a window! If they do not stick, try fogging up the window with a puff of hot air.

Mīharo! Well done, you’ve made your own stained-glass window clings!

There are lots of holiday celebrations coming up, you could match your window clings to suit the season for some dynamic decorations… 🎃🕸️🕎🎄🎅