This post is sponsored by Elmer's. As always, all opinions are my own.
My daughter is at the perfect age to help with decorating the house for Christmas and winter, and loves when she gets to help create decorations all by herself. She really loves putting up window clings to help dress up the windows, but we keep losing pieces and they can get kind of pricey when we need to get new ones. Instead, we created our own winter window cling designs with some help from Elmer's glues and glitter glue!
To make window clings, you'll need:
Elmer's Classic Glitter Glue (any colors)
8.5"x11" Plastic Pages/Sheet Protectors
There are lots of ways to make your window clings. We started by putting the printables in the plastic pages, then made some mittens using only the Classic Glitter Glue. Outline the mitten right on the plastic page by following the lines on the pattern, then fill it in. Simple as that!
You can keep the mitten all one color, or add in others to make it your own! Keep in mind that the Classic Glitter Glue, will spread a little, so the shape might not be exactly the same as when you first drew it. For example, we followed the line, but you can see how it spread in the corner by the thumb. Not a deal breaker by any means, but just something to keep in mind!
Since the mittens were spreading a little, we decided to try outlining the mittens with the Glitter Glue Pens instead. It worked great! Everything stayed where it needed to, and they are easy for little fingers to use.
Once you've outlined the mitten with the Glitter Glue Pen, fill it in with the Classic Glitter Glue or School Glue. We filled the bottom of the mitten with the pen only, but you can outline and fill with glue instead. Either way works great and looks fantastic! Since the mittens are all blank, it's a great way to let your kids get creative!
Now, set the plastic page somewhere where it won't be bothered so the mittens can dry. If you want to make more, you can remove the paper and put it in a new page to keep creating, or print more copies.
I've also made a page of mittens with patterns you can follow! For best results, outline the mitten and fill all the shapes/patterns with Glitter Glue Pens, then carefully fill in the rest of the mitten with Classic Glitter Glue or School Glue. The mittens with patterns are probably better for older kids or for parents to help with. My daughter chose all the colors, and I did the work.
Once you've finished the mittens, set the page aside to dry.
For the snowflakes, I found better results using the Glitter Glue Pens. The Classic Glitter Glue and School Glue work, too, but like I've mentioned before, they do spread!
Let all the clings dry for at least 24 hours. You'll be able to tell when they're done when the edges are popping up off the plastic page, and are no longer wet and tacky.
Carefully peel the designs off the plastic pages and stick to your windows! If you have problems with them not sticking, you can heat them up a little with a hair dryer, or add a drop or two (not a lot!!) of water to the back and they should stick without any problem.
Now your windows look ready for winter, even if it doesn't look like winter outside! This is such a fun craft to to with your kids on the weekend, or if they are home from school on break. The window clings would even be a fun gift they can make for friends or grandparents!