Window Silhouettes

We had so much fun making these window clings —–the possibilities for seasonal and everyday decorations are endless.

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You will need a roll of clear contact paper, paint brushes, paint (we used acrylic), fine sandpaper and masking tape.

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First cut a piece of contact paper from the roll. I cut squares about 5″ x 5″ because that was about the size of shapes I knew I would be cutting.

Take a fine piece of sandpaper and lightly sand the shiny surface of the contact paper where you will be painting. Wipe off any dust. This step helps the paint adhere to the slick contact paper.

Since we are often VERY messy when we paint I taped a piece of wax paper to the table. Tape the piece of contact paper shiny(sanded) side up onto the wax paper.

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Paint onto the contact paper square. Since my daughter is three I encouraged her to paint using lots of colors. I knew I would be cutting out Easter eggs so it really didn’t matter what or how she painted.

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Allow the painting to dry completely. I think she painted about 10 of these squares.

Once the paint is completely dry take another square of contact paper the same size as your painting and peel off the paper backing. Cover your painting with the clear contact paper. Smooth out any bubbles.

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Trace around any shape of your choosing. I used an egg and bunny for my template.

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Cut out the shape

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Carefully remove the paper backing. This takes some time —–make sure you are only removing the paper (the back of your painting should be sticky). If you use acrylic paint it is plastic enough that it has a tendency to peel away from the contact paper, so peel carefully! If it does peel away and it won’t stick back down just put a little glue stick between the layers.

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Once you are finished stick your silhouettes to your window

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from the outside looking in

from the inside looking out

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I would encourage older kids to paint their own designs and then cut out. I can imagine huge flowers and birds! Nothing is sweeter than kid’s art!

Have fun!!

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34 Responses to “Window Silhouettes”

  1. Charity Says:

    I really love this idea – thanks! :0)

  2. miss chris Says:

    There are too many applications for this idea! Fun stuff.

  3. laeroport Says:

    How do you come up with so many brilliant ideas, woman? Gah! You astound me. And I think I have a roll of clear contact lurking somewhere under the wrapping paper.

  4. Jenni Says:

    You are soo creative! I love the fact that you do so many fabulous crafts with your children! Where do you come up with the ideas??? I think we are going to have to try the window clings!
    Thanks for the creativity-boosters! :)

    Jenni

  5. Katie Says:

    Those are awesome!

  6. Emily Says:

    What a great craft! Love those window clings… I will have to do this for sure!

  7. Sheila at Dodging Raindrops Says:

    What a cool idea!

  8. Cari Says:

    I was looking for a fun Easter craft to go with my kids this weekend. This will be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Kiva, Southern Girl Musings Says:

    I love this idea and now to go get some contact paper. :)

  10. Robyn Says:

    Great stuff! Love this idea and will share with my sister’s children!
    Hugs,
    Robyn

  11. Kim Says:

    ooooooo!

  12. Susan Says:

    Great idea! We’ll have fun with this!

  13. gayly Says:

    I found your blog (the crayon wrap tutorial- I am making a few of these for our next plane trip!)and love your ideas!

    How did you get so many people involved in getting security blankets for little ones in China. We would love to do the same thing for our next trip to China to bring home our next little one- can you e-mail me privately about this? We are trying to collect blankets & cloth shoes but don’t know best way….

    I love your activities with for kids BTW- I’m always looking for fun things.

    Blessings,
    Gayly

  14. Leigh Ann Says:

    Fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers! LA

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  16. Angie Says:

    This is such of a cute idea! I’ll definetly have to try this with my girls. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Great idea – a friend sent me here and I can’t wait to try these with my kids!

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  22. Chantal Says:

    Thanks for the great idea and tut. We just made some halloween clings!

  23. Tanisha Johnson Says:

    I have always been a fan of folding paper particularly making paper airplanes. I started with a software called The Greatest Paper Airplanes published by Kitty Hawk. Unfortunately the software is no longer distributed today. It teaches how to fold 50 different paper airplanes. It’s a good place to start learning origami.

  24. ndasika Says:

    The ideas are great family activities for this coming Easter. The simplicity and the creativity is fine for children. I have a site on Easter Acitivities and I will add this link as resource in my site. Thanks for sharing with us.

  25. Wire Gauge Says:

    family activities are very nice to have, it also strengthens the bond among family members ;`*

  26. Jaimie Says:

    Hi there, I love this project and was wondering if I could feature it on my site? I’d also love to use the top picture with your permission. Please let me know; thanks so much!

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    You made window clings! What a wonderful surprise! They’re reusable too! I often wondered if this could be possible. With your permission, I’d like to link this to my site. Not everyone has such creativity! I’m sure lots of Mom’s would welcome this idea!

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    These are so cute! I featured your window clings on my blog today in my Weekly Inspiration- Easter Window Decoration Crafts With Kids. I’d love for you to stop by and take a look if you have a moment. :)

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    Best Wishes,

    Crystal

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