I am trying to do my best with sticking to our budget and not spending extra on a whim while out shopping. Darn Target makes it tough, but I am getting better. There are just some things that are so much more convenient to buy though. I love the idea of window clings.
There are so many cute ones out there and you can dress up the windows for the seasons and holidays. I love it because it brings in fun and color, especially in the colder months. My son has so much fun touching them and looking at them on the windows.
I am too cheap to spend the money on pre-made ones usually. I usually end up buying something else for my son to use or play with, like bath tub paint. But this year I wanted to try something different. I enjoy being creative, so I keep an eye out for fun ways to be crafty and creative.
The idea of window clings came across my facebook feed. My thought was I would be able to make some and maybe my son might be able to help. Well, at 19 months you can guess the kind of help I got. While I did most of the work, he did put forth a few suggestions like which colors to use or to make a certain shape. Maybe next year he will help decorate them more. Either way, we had lots of fun and are enjoying the fun colors they bring into the day.
They are so easy to make. All you need is puffy paint, a surface you can peal them off of, and templates (unless you want to do them freehand). By the way, most craft stores don't call it puffy paint anymore. They call it 3D fabric paint. As for the surface to paint on, I highly recommend wax paper. However, if you are like me and don't have any on hand, you can use a zip lock bag instead. Whatever you decide to paint on, just make sure that you put the paint on thick, make sure all lines are connected, and you let dry overnight.
I found this amazing idea at Club Chica Circle. Here is the link for the Puffy Paint Window Clings that I used: http://club.chicacircle.com/puffy-paint-window-decorations/
She also has the templates there and more ideas. I did the snowflakes first and they sort of worked out. I had a hard time peeling them as they were so intricate. I also did the ornaments and those worked out awesome.
So, if you want to do a fun art project with your kiddos and have some brightly colored window decorations this is a great way to do that. I will tell you, I used an entire six pack of puffy paints to make them. I do plan on doing more throughout the year. They are so much fun!