By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey
While researching the fun things to do with Plaid Gallery Glass, I noticed that it was possible to make window clings from Gallery Glass patterns. While this looked like a fun craft, I thought making my own window cling with my own design would be more fun, so that’s what I set out to do. This turned out to be an easy and fun craft which I would highly recommend for anyone looking to create customized window clings for less.
What you’ll need to create your own window clings:
- A pattern – I created mine on the computer. I found a silhouette of a bear and made it into a geometric design,
- Ziploc bag – the size you need depends on how large your pattern is. You can also use the Gallery Glass Leading Blanks.
- Gallery Glass Leading Lead
- Gallery Glass Window Paint (I used snow white)
- Paper Clip – you could also use a tooth pick or anything with a small point.
- Craft Knife
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
Because my design had smaller lines, rather than applying the lead straight to the pattern, I used a paper clip to apply the lead to the pattern. Though this takes longer, I preferred this method as I thought it would be neater. This did make my cling less thick and possibly more fragile than applying the lead straight to the pattern.
Allow your lead to dry. This can take up to eight hours. My lead was thinner than the average, so it took a little less time. Once you allow it to dry, clean up any jagged edges with a craft knife. It’s very important to wait for the lead to dry before cleaning it up. It is much easier that way.
I used the same technique when applying the paint. Making a blob on the bag and then applying it with a paper clip to the pattern. Comb through each section of your pattern to even out the paint and pop bubbles as they are created.
Once the paint dried, I applied a layer of Mod Podge just to make my cling stronger. Once again, using the paper clip to apply the lead and paint made it more fragile than the average cling, so I wanted to reinforce it before peeling it off of the bag. I also like the shine it gave to the whole cling. It doesn’t ruined the stained glass effect created by the Gallery Glass Paint either, which I really like.
The larger your cling is, the harder it will be to pull off and not allow it to stick together. Plaid recommends not creating a cling that is larger than your hand as it will be more likely to stick together. Once you’ve peeled off your window cling, stick it to any glass surface.
This could be a great method for car decals or just to add an extra design to glass surfaces of your home. You can make them for your mirror or windows. To store them, put it back on the baggy. Creating seasonal window clings is a great way to decorate.