The old puffy paint bear sticking to Bea’s window has seen better days! After our scavenger hunt at the art gallery, the kids decided that they wanted to make some new window clings for their rooms! They landed on a “stained glass animal” theme…and so we got buzzing about how to make something more lasting than the dried-puffy-paint-and-glue clings they’d brought home from school ages ago. So, we grabbed some clear contact paper and acrylic paint and got to work. We think these window clings came out brilliantly! And the kids are already making plans for black, orange, yellow and red spooky figures for Halloween!!! Here’s how we did it, and how we will keep on doing it for ages to come!!!!
Kids’ DIY Stained Glass Window Clings
Clear Contact Paper
Stained Glass Image Patterns [see below]
Medium Grade Sand Paper
Acrylic Paints [in Pots or Squeezed onto a Palett]e
Cups of Water
Rags for drying brushes/general clean up
Use a computer or tablet and a search-engine like Google to search for “Free *insert animal or subject* Stained Glass Patterns.”
[We found Bea’s Grizzly Bear at Rapid Resize and Toby’s Sea Turtle at Darryl’s Stained Glass Patterns.]
Print these images or keep them handy on-screen to use as the basic model for your window-cling designs.
Cut contact paper into 8.5×11 rectangles or to the size of your liking.
Sand contact paper sheets with a quick, steady rub of medium grade sand paper and dust off bits of residue.
Use black acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush to paint the “outlines” of your animal/image, using your pattern as a general model.
Hint: Keep your brush as close to dry as possible!
Hint: Feel free to add extra “background” or elements to your design.
Allow the black paint to dry for a while before continuing.
Next, fill in the black quadrants with coloured paint as desired.
Allow stained-glass paintings to dry completely.
Use scissors to cut around the outside edges of the painted design.
Peel the backing of the contact paper from the design and apply to a clean window, careful to tamp down any air pockets that may form.
Sit back and admire your work!