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How to Make Window Clings Stick - The Ultimate Guide
Window clings are great additions to both businesses and homes. They add life to your windows and showcase your aesthetic peculiarities. Contrary to the thought that making window clings is pretty difficult, by the end of this post you’ll discover that it is as easy as it gets. Making window clings rewards parents with a great bonding opportunity. However, it is one thing to make window clings, it is another thing to make them stick and last longer. Besides giving you all the steps on how to make custom window decals, we will inform you on how to make them stick to your windows.
Yes, you can make window clings with puffy paint. These are the steps to carry out:
Begin by making a pattern. You can use a dark-colored pen to draw a simple design on a sheet of paper. Do well to also cut a page off a coloring book or you can print a design from the internet. If you don't want to use a black pen, you can opt for another dark color.
Now you can Tape a sheet of parchment paper on your template. In case you don't have parchment paper, do well to use wax paper. But if you can't find both, place the design into a plastic, zippered bag.
Now, outline your design with the puff paint. You may find it labeled as puffy paint, 3D paint, or dimensional paint. You will usually find it in the fabric paint section of a fabric store or your typical arts and crafts store. If you have inner shapes, like spots on a ladybug, or any equivalent, trace around the inner shapes using your outline color.
You can make a few practice strokes on a piece of scrap paper first; this will allow you to get a feel for the puff paint, and also prevent it from gushing out.
Next is you will in your designs. Do well to make several thick lines, then use the tip of your puff paint bottle to spread them around. We advise not to skimp on the puff paint, ensure it’s as thick as you can. It will be hard to peel off if it is too thin.
You can shake on some glitter. Although this is not compulsory, it can make your window clings look extra appealing. Extra-fine glitter would work perfectly, but you can go for other types. Wait for a while before you remove the excess glitter.
Wait for your design to dry. Do well to note that it will take at least 48 hours for the paint to dry. However, you can sample smaller pieces after 24 hours. Indeed, puff paint will mostly look darker and a tad more translucent when dry. Make sure you carefully peek under the design. If you notice that the puff paint looks "milky" from behind, it is definitely not ready.
Next is to carefully peel off the design. If your proposed piece is very big, do well to peel it off bit by bit so that it does not rip. If the window is stuck or won't come off with ease, put it into the freezer for a few hours. then, try it again.
Now, use window clings. Press the smooth side (that is, the side that was against your template) against a clean window. To ensure extra glow, press them against a sunny and bright window.
How to Make Window Clings Using Gelatin
There are several ways to make window clings, and making use of gelatin is one of them. Here, we'll give you a quick rundown of how to make window clings with gelatin:
Step 1 Pour about 4 cups (950 milliliters) of boiling water into a bowl. You can achieve this by Filling a pot with water and allow it to boil. Ensure you measure 4 cups (950 milliliters) and pour it into a bowl. In case you want to make a small batch of window clings, it's best to use 2 cups (475 milliliters). So, all you need do is fill your pot with more water than you need. Note that the water will evaporate as it boils.
Step 2 In the next level, ensure that you stir in 6 packets of gelatin into the water. Add the gelatin into the water, then mix it with a whisk until it is completely dissolved. However, we have to put it out there that you should use the clear, and unflavored kind. Reason being that you will be adding color later. In the case where you want to make a smaller batch of window clings, use three packets. Do well to remove bubbles with a spoon.
Step 3 Now, the next line of action is to transfer the gelatin to a rimmed baking sheet. This is because you want it to be about ¼-inch 0.64-centimeters) thick. If you don't own or can't find a baking sheet, you can use a casserole dish or pie pans. Use any piece that will help achieve a thin layer of gelatin that is about ¼-inch 0.64-centimeters) thick.
Step 4 Allow the combo to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. While the mixture is cooling, prepare the rest of your supplies; your supplies should include food coloring, glitter, cookie cutters, and related materials.
Step 5 Add in a few drops of food coloring into the gelatin. A skewer or toothpick can help you achieve this. You can also opt for liquid watercolors, but food coloring will be safer for younger children; especially those who are still teething.
Step 6 Add some glitter if you wish. It is always advisable to use edible glitter if your child is still in the teething stage. Do well to work this in quickly; however, you should know that the gelatin will harden up after 30 minutes.
Step 7 Now, you should allow the gelatin to set overnight. In case your window clings are too soft or wet, you have to correct them because they won't stick well to the windows in that state. Let the gelatin sit for another night.
Step 8 At this point you can cut shapes using cookie cutters. Use 1 to 2 inch (2.54 to 5.08-centimeter) cookie cutters for this cut them out. Avoid prominent forms because they will be too heavy, and will most likely slide down your window.
Step 9 All you have to do at this stage is to remove the window clings from the pan. But before you proceed, you have to remove the excess gelatin from around the shapes. Then slide a spatula under each shape to lift them out. Place the forms onto a smooth surface, like a plate, baking sheet, parchment paper, wax paper.
Step 10 You can now use the window clings. Have it at the back of your mind that these window clings are delicate and can easily tear. They also do not last long. If they are not sticking to your window, it means they are too wet and heavy. Let them sit, uncovered, for a day or two, before trying again. We love these window clings because they are safe for teething children and are made from gelatin. However, we do not recommend that you munch on them, because they likely won't taste delicious.
How to Make Window Clings Stick
The following are three essential tips on how to ensure that your window clings stick:
Clean the window properly
To ensure your ready-made clings stick properly do well to clean the window. Dust, dirt, and moisture may affect how much they cling holds to your window. So, to play safe ensures that the area of application is clean, neat, and void of moisture or water. This is because all these can prevent your beautiful cling from sticking.
Allow your homemade/DIY cling to sit for one to two days; this is important because wetness can damage the ability of the cling to stick on the window. Make sure you dry and clean your window clings thoroughly.
Apply the clings correctly
To apply them to a window in a manner that will make them stick, place the clings against the glass, and gently smooth them with your hand. They will stay in place because of static. However, you should note that after much use or as a result of dirty window surface window clings lose their holding power. So, if you want them to stick again.