Making homemade window clings is fun, it’s easy and you really only need one thing.. puffy paint. We are about to make rainbows, shamrocks, a pot of gold, a leprechaun hat and the word lucky. All of which you can stick to your window to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! They are fun and colorful but aren’t just for windows. Attach them to picture frames, mirrors or even your school locker!
To start you are going to need some puffy paint, choose any colors you want. I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, black, as well as light blue and light green. You’ll also need parchment paper. Not waxed paper, parchment paper. Some paper clips or a stapler are helpful for holding the patterns in place, and of course you can print off the pattern for the rainbow here.
The larger rainbow is an ideal project for your elementary aged kids. It requires more patience than some of the smaller designs. To make the rainbow, first print the rainbow template and paper clip or staple it behind a piece of parchment paper.
Starting from the top of the rainbow, use puffy paint to outline the rainbow band and then fill in in. Rainbow colors, from top to bottom are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and finally indigo (purple).
Once the color bands are complete, use white puffy paint to outline the clouds. To avoid the colors running in to the white, hold the bottle of white at an angle, pointing the tip toward the bottoms of the color bands.
Fill in the clouds with the white puffy paint, then use your finger to smooth.
For other shapes:
Leprechaun Hat - Use green puffy paint to draw and fill in a square. Leave some space below the square and use the paint to draw and fill in a brim.
Use black and yellow puffy paint to make the band and light green to add a clover to the hat.
Lucky Letters - Draw the word lucky in block letters on a piece of paper. Make sure all the letters are touching each other.
Place parchment paper over the drawing and outline and fill in each letter with various colors. We used green, yellow, white, light green and orange.
Mini Rainbow - Use purple puffy paint to draw a half circle. Use light blue to outline the purple, be sure the two colors are touching. Pipe light green on next. Continue with yellow, orange and finally red.
Pot of Gold – Draw a circle with a flat bottom using black puffy paint. Add a rim to the top and fill in. Using yellow puffy paint, draw on gold coins.
Shamrocks - Use light green puffy paint to draw a green heart. Draw a total of 3 green hearts (see photo) all connected, add a stem. Fill everything in.
Now the hard part, the waiting! Depending on the size and how thick your paint is, these will require a minimum of 4-6 hours to dry. Overnight is absolutely best!
When clings are dry, carefully lift one corner and peel off of the parchment paper. press onto any window or mirror!
NOTE: if you windows are cold, your window clings may not stick. If you live in a colder climate, decorate mirrors or family photos behind glass instead.
I originally made and posted this craft last year for Make and Takes, where you can find a new project from me every first Monday of the month!