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How to make a window sticker

July 7, 2010

I am always on the look out for new crafts to try with the children so I was excited to try this idea out (can’t remember where I saw it!). It is so simple but very effective and can easily be adapted for different ages.

You will need:

PVA glue

Paint brush

Coloured tissue paper

Non stick surface/mat to work on

Firstly, draw the outline of a rectangle (or whatever shape you’d like to make) on a non-stick surface with PVA glue. I used my wipe clean table cloth but do a little test first to check it will peel off once dry!). Then spread the glue all over the inside of the shape to make a thin layer.

Next, stick down squares or strips of tissue paper all over the glue. I cut up the squares for Faith so she only had to choose the colours, but obviously older children can do this for themselves. We went for the random approach but you could stick them down to make a picture.

Leave the glue and tissue to dry for a while then apply a thin layer of PVA over the top. There is quite a bit of waiting involved in this activity, which can be good for toddlers with short attention spans but not so good if they are impatient to get finished!

Leave to dry again and then apply a final thin layer of PVA glue. Then leave it to dry overnight. If you try to peel it off the table before it is completely dry you will get in a bit of a mess! Once it is completely dry you should be able just to peel it off the surface.

And there you have it, a simple but effective window sticker! Grace was so impressed that she made several herself. She took them to show her teacher who liked the idea so much we never got them back!

Have a go and let me know how you get on!

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42 Comments leave one →
  1. efbq permalink
    July 7, 2010 1:08 pm

    This might be really good as a teen craft as well. I’m thinking that DD#1 will want to make a very special one when she finally gets that used car…

  2. July 7, 2010 2:33 pm

    What fun! I want to try this myself! πŸ™‚

  3. Linda permalink
    July 7, 2010 2:34 pm

    hey i’m 50 and i love the idea! sometimes i paint on the window using craft paint. thanks for idea.

  4. July 7, 2010 2:54 pm

    I’ve always wanted one of those window stickers that looks like a hawk: They scare away the little birds so they don’t fly into your window. Now I know how to make my own. Thank you for the advice.

    The Codger

  5. July 7, 2010 3:06 pm

    Oh so cool! I have a two year old and maybe he would like to do this. Was it messy though? I don’t mind some but I don’t want glue all over the couch, u know what I’m saying?!! Thank you!

  6. Erynn Sprouse permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:27 pm

    Maybe a silly question, but what is PVA glue? Is there a brand name?

  7. yummymummyno1 permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:27 pm

    Such a great idea!
    And well done for making it to Freshly Pressed too – it’s not random you know – the blogs are cherry picked! x

  8. Lulu permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:34 pm

    wow! what a creative idea
    Thanks! This is worth trying
    DIY art!

  9. July 7, 2010 4:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! North Coast Muse

  10. amylane permalink*
    July 7, 2010 5:13 pm

    Thanks for all your comments, I hope you enjoy trying it out.

    T – it can be a bit messy but PVA glue is good because it peels off stuff when it dries!

    Erynn Sprouse – I’m not sure what PVA is called in other countries. It is that thick white craft glue that children use, which peels off when it is dry!

    yummymummyno1 – I didn’t realise the blog posts were hand picked – very chuffed now πŸ™‚

  11. Catherine333 permalink
    July 7, 2010 5:23 pm

    Very neat! Thanks!

  12. July 7, 2010 5:38 pm

    seems so much fun for kids…. i’d like to try it with my son and his cousins, im sure they enjoy it. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    Heaven Bless You!

  13. July 7, 2010 5:47 pm

    That sounds like a great simple and effective way to decorate a window, might have to give it a try!

  14. July 7, 2010 6:20 pm

    How cute! This really takes me back to my childhood πŸ™‚

  15. July 7, 2010 7:08 pm

    Very nice & creative! I want to try it myself! I like the idea of a scary bird so more birds don’t fly into my windows, they always are!@! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!!!

  16. July 7, 2010 8:02 pm

    My little boy would LOVE to have an excuse to paint PVA glue all over my tablecloth!!! He spread sun cream all over the TV yesterday in a bid to ‘clean it’.

    Seriously though, this is a great idea… I’m trying to arm myself with a list of things like this for our summer holiday activity list.

    Thanks! And well done for getting on the front page of WordPress πŸ™‚

    Katie x

    • amylane permalink*
      July 7, 2010 8:08 pm

      Thanks Katie and Evie. Good luck if you have a go – I didn’t find it too messy but she certainly had fun! x

  17. July 7, 2010 8:46 pm

    PVA Glue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_acetate

    Hope that helps!

  18. July 7, 2010 9:42 pm

    fantastic, I will be doing this tomorrow with my children!

  19. Songbird permalink
    July 7, 2010 10:11 pm

    How clever! I’m going to try that with m nieces! Such progress from sticking paper cut outs of snowflakes on the windoes as we used to do…lol.

  20. July 7, 2010 10:22 pm

    Love the idea. Will definitely try with my kids. I think it would be Elmer’s glue in the US for those wondering πŸ™‚

  21. July 7, 2010 10:39 pm

    sounds good – I’ll give it a try!

  22. July 7, 2010 11:02 pm

    This is a great idea, i try this for this for my self!

  23. July 7, 2010 11:39 pm

    That is a very cute idea, and a fairly safe one for kids I imagine!

    The days of the Easy Bake Oven and Shrinky Dinks are clearly over. πŸ™‚

    Natina

  24. July 8, 2010 2:16 am

    such creative and nice craft for all ages and i like the idea of it …. πŸ™‚

  25. July 8, 2010 5:07 am

    Very cute!

    Cheers, Niconica

  26. July 8, 2010 5:49 am

    I want to do that…sooo fun!!! πŸ™‚ pretty too.

  27. July 8, 2010 8:02 am

    that is adorable! You made stained-glass windows… ones even I could make (clumsy+ knife= dangerous LOL).
    Thanks for sharing the idea.

  28. July 8, 2010 11:30 am

    I am always on the look out for new crafts to try with the children so I was excited to try this idea out (can’t remember where I saw it!). It is so simple but very effective and can easily be adapted for different ages.
    that is adorable! You made stained-glass windows… ones even I could make (clumsy+ knife= dangerous LOL).
    Thanks for sharing the idea.
    That is a very cute idea, and a fairly safe one for kids I imagine!

    The days of the Easy Bake Oven and Shrinky Dinks are clearly over. πŸ™‚

    Natina

  29. easymoneysecret permalink
    July 8, 2010 12:33 pm

    cool..

  30. July 8, 2010 2:39 pm

    I googled PVA and one site said Ace Hardware carries it and any paint store. Look for PVA primer.

    I’ll share a link to this post with mylocal homeschool e-loop. Cute idea. Thanks!

  31. July 9, 2010 7:34 am

    Thanks for the Post!
    I’m always on the lookout for crafty things to do with my little one. I’m a big fan of Mr. Maker (even though he’s a bit quirky.)
    I’ll have to try it out.

  32. July 9, 2010 1:21 pm

    smart..
    so she will not crash the glass window or try to jump to the window..

  33. July 13, 2010 11:24 am

    Ooh I’m going to have a go at this with the kids

  34. July 15, 2010 10:34 am

    wow~so lovely,thanks!

  35. December 27, 2011 4:36 am

    This is a good teen craft. clever child.

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